The tiny state of Campione, wedged between Switzerland and Italy, is the venue for the 4th round of the 2017 F2 World Championship, where Pierre Lundin will be chasing Rashed Al Qemzi to retain the world title.
The organisers of the GP of Switzerland are praying that Lake Lugano is kind to the teams as last year’s race was cancelled because of heavy rain which transformed Lake Lugano into a raging torrent.
After the first round of the F2 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, the second round in Antwerp was cancelled, and the 3rd round took place in Tonsberg, Norway. The 4th round is due to kick off on 9th September and with only one more GP left this season we can still only guess who will be crowned world champion. The surprise package this term has been Rashed Al Qemzi of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Club. Emirati drivers are still considered to be novices compared to the generally more experienced Scandinavian and UK pilots, but Rashed has proved to be the exception as he leads the points table by a healthy margin. Few would argue his main threat will be Sweden’s double world F2 champion Pierre Lundin, and there are several drivers snapping at the heels of the front runners, but assuming the weather is kind, no-one looks likely to topple Lundin or Al Qemzi for the top two spots.
Britain’s Matt Palfreyman has endured a frustrating season, and although he sports top quality equipment problems seem to follow him about, mainly technical issues. We have watched with interest the progress of Norway’s Tobias Munthe Kass, part of Marit Stromoy’s racing stable. He was a moderate F4 pilot, but since moving to F2 he has developed into a serious top five contender.