Musical Chairs in Formula 2
Heading into round 10 of the Formula 2 Championship, there's a couple of noteworthy changes to the grid.
Nobuharu Matsushita has parted ways with Formula 2 Team MP Motorsport. The 2020 Barcelona Feature Race winner "decided to move onto fresh challenges elsewhere." It is currently unknown where Matsushita will go but it is unlikely that he will remain in Formula 2. Down in twelfth place in the Driver's Standings, it is somewhat understandable why he's made this move. That being said, aside from his race win, Matsushita did put in some other good performances so far this season, including two second place finishes in Austria and Silverstone.
Giuliano Alesi has replaced Matsushita at MP Motorsport, after it was announced that he would be leaving his current team, HWA Racelab. The Ferrari junior driver is in his second F2 season and will be hoping that this move allows him to get some more points on the board - so far he's only scored once this season at the opening round in Austria. He will partner Felipe Drugovich for the rest of the season. MP Motorsport currently sits in seventh place in the Constructor's Championship with 121 Points, three behind Charouz.
Meanwhile, Jake Hughes is being promoted up into Formula 2 after finishing his fourth season in Formula 3. The British driver raced with HWA Racelab's Formula 3 team for the last two seasons so his promotion up into the Formula 2 team is logical and doesn't come as a big surprise. Hughes recently said he found it unlikely that he would be returning to race in Formula 3 in 2021 but perhaps he wasn't thinking he would make the step up into the next category quite so soon after the end of the season. He last won a race at the Formula 3 Sprint Race in Monza.
At the team, he will team up with Artem Markelov who sits down in eighteenth place in the Driver's Standings with five points. Hughes now has the perfect opportunity to outscore his new teammate and prove that he deserves to keep his spot at the F2 team going into 2021.
The next round of the Formula 2 Championship takes place in Sochi, Russia this weekend.
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