For Campos Racing, the FIA Formula 2 Championship season 2022 will enter an exciting phase at the iconic Imola circuit, as the first round on European soil will take place this weekend in Italy. The third event of the category will take place at the famous Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola.
This serves as the second tier of single-seater racing in the FIA Global Pathway, as part of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. Imola has returned to the calendar since 2006 when the series, under the name GP2 Series, paid a visit for the second event of that year. At that time, Campos Racing was already successful in the championship.
Back in 2022, Campos Racing will enter its two Dallara F2 2018 cars for Ralph Boschung and Olli Caldwell once again. The Spanish-based racing team arrives in Italy with positive prospects after making a strong start to the season in Bahrain. There, Boschung clinched two fourth-place finishes and the Swiss driver continued his strong run in Jeddah despite he couldn’t translate it into further championship points. Caldwell is making continuous progress and his goal is to move another step forward in Imola, which is expected to be a step into the unknown for everybody. Recently, Boschung and Caldwell performed pretty well during FIA F2 collective tests in Barcelona in which the team could carry out plenty of qualifying and race simulations and gathered valuable data coming into this weekend.
Imola is a race track rich in story and it was the classic venue of the San Marino Grand Prix. Despite it has been extensively rebuilt in the last decades, its DNA remains unchanged with famous names such as Tamburello, Acque Minerali, Piratella or Rivazza, which are synonymous names of motorsport itself. Imola’s layout is a mixed one with a very interesting number of different corners, which are a challenge for setting the car. Although it was re-asphalted last year, it continues featuring a bumping surface. Besides, considering how narrow is in part of its layout, grid position could become a key factor throughout the weekend.
Free practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday at 11.05 and 15.55 respectively. Saturday’s sprint race is scheduled at 17.55 with Sunday’s main race, which includes a mandatory pit stop for tire change, taking place at 10.20. All times are CET.
Adrián Campos (Campos Racing Team Principal): “We haven’t raced at Imola since the 2006 GP2 Series season, so our preparation work with our engineers at Campos Racing facilities in the previous weeks will play a key role. We expect to bring at least a podium home this weekend that will be a morale booster for the remaining rounds.”
Ralph Boschung (Campos Racing Driver of FIA Formula 2); “I have never been in Imola so I am very excited to get to know this circuit for the first time, it looks like a very challenging circuit, with its old fashioned layout I believe it will be a track I will enjoy a lot. It looks like the race weekend will be our first rainy weekend of the season, this will spice things up even more.”
Olli Caldwell (Campos Racing Driver of FIA Formula 2): “I am very excited to be heading back to Imola for Formula 2. It’s a track I know quite well, as I raced there in both Formula 4 and Formula Regional, so it will be interesting to head back there after a few years in a bigger and faster car. The track looks really fun to drive and I’m excited to see what’s going to happen this weekend and also with the weather so looking forward to the weekend and hopefully we can get a good result.”