Thoughts from Sargeant, Pourchaire and Lawson
FIA Formula 2: Many congratulations to the top three finishers of the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race here in Silverstone. In third place, Liam Lawson for Carlin, in second place Théo Pourchaire for ART Grand Prix and winning his first race in FIA Formula 2 Logan Sargeant for Carlin. Logan, huge congratulations, what a race. What a weekend, by you. Tell us what this win means for you?
Logan Sargeant: After being extremely good here in F3 in 2020, I knew it was a great opportunity. I'm very confident that Carlin would give me a good car, and it was a long hard-fought weekend. Théo kept me under immense pressure in the race, but I got it done and it definitely means a lot. It's obviously a big boost in confidence going forward as well, so it's pretty awesome.
FIA Formula 2: Tell us more about those closing laps and what you were thinking as Théo got into your DRS range?
Sargeant: It was just to stay focused, I knew he would get into my dirty air and it would be quite difficult for him. I wasn't just going to roll over for him, so I really tried to just nail my laps and keep it clean and hopefully, that was enough and in the end, it was.
FIA Formula 2: Tell us about the tyre performance were you flat out all the way or did the hard tyre need nursing?
Sargeant: I mean obviously the softs at the start were degrading quite quickly. I'd say the hards were a very good tyre for the race, however, they were you did need to manage to make it to the end.
FIA Formula 2: So Logan, you've got real pace, we've seen that over the last couple of rounds. What is possible for you going forward now?
Sargeant: I mean that's a question mark, isn't it? I'm just going to keep doing the best job I can and hopefully, it keeps landing me at the front. I'm just going to try and keep improving.
FIA Formula 2: Well, well done today. Thank you. Théo coming to you. You did get very close in those closing laps. Was there anything more you could have done?
Théo Pourchaire: Uh, no, it wasn't possible to overtake Logan today. Silverstone is a very cool track for Qualifying, but for the race it's very difficult to overtake. There are only very long and high-speed corners, minimum third, second gear sometimes, so it's difficult to overtake. I was in his DRS range at one time for two laps I think in the end, but yeah, I couldn't close on him. The tyres were overheating and I could see him sliding, locking up the wheels, but two laps after it happened to me as well. I did my best and I think it's a good result.
FIA Formula 2: It’s certainly a good result. Talk us through the start. You made a fantastic one?
Pourchaire: That was the best part of the race, and we knew that the start in Silverstone is very important, because then it's almost impossible to overtake, maybe with the strategy or in the pit stop with a good pit shop, but on track, with the pure pace it's very difficult to overtake. So, the start was very important and I overtook my teammate and also Drugovich I think. From then we did a good race.
FIA Formula 2: Tell us a little bit more about strategy. You ended up pitting on the same lap as Logan. Did you think about staying out to do something different?
Pourchaire: Not really, because the tryes were completely dead. I started to lose the rear and the front left, in the end, I was just fighting with the car, and I didn't want to lose the position to Liam. It was a good call by the team and we couldn't do anything better.
FIA Formula 2: Well, what about the undercut? What about pitting a lap earlier the same lap as Liam?
Pourchaire: We will analyze everything after the race, but I think we can be happy with this weekend and some good points. I took pleasure in the car again, and I'm happy. I just want to take it race after race and it was a good weekend.
FIA Formula 2: Alright, very well done to you and Liam coming to you now. You're someone who had a lot of pressure in those closing laps as well, but you had it all under control?
Liam Lawson: Like these guys said it's very hard to overtake at Silverstone. So, I knew if I didn't make any mistakes then it would be fine. Unfortunately, I did have a massive lock-up with a few laps to go up which really surprised me because it wasn't feeling like I was locking front up into that point. So that was a bit of a scare, but once the flat spot started to die down the pace picked up again. A good result honestly, it’s just nice to finally score some points. We haven't really scored properly in a Feature Race since Bahrain so it's nice to finally do that and we keep pushing forwards. The pace has been good for a long time now, so if we can keep that up then all positives.
FIA Formula 2: Talk us through strategy, you pitted a lap earlier than these guys?
Lawson: Yeah, we went for potentially an undercut, but it just took so long to get the temperature in the hard tyre. I was almost a little bit surprised by that. By the time they came into temp, it wasn't enough, and obviously, these guys boxed a lap later so there was no time to make it work. I think it was the right call at the time we were starting to drop off on the softs.
FIA Formula 2: Just talk us through the championship, you're lying fifth?
Lawson: It's an improvement from 10th where we were, but obviously we want to be further up so we keep going in this direction and we'll see where we end up.
FIA Formula 2: Alright, thank you, well done to you as well.