Formula 2 sub David Beckmann is back in demand. From Spa even with a longer-term deal. Alongside him, Lirim Zendeli celebrates his F2 comeback. Place bets with bet SN for the next races of the season
No fewer than two Germans will be back on the grid in Formula 2 at Spa. One of them even on a longer-term basis: David Beckmann, who in 2022 has so far switched between teams from race to race as a reserve driver, will now take over Jake Hughes’ cockpit permanently at Van Amersfoort Racing for the final events of the season.
According to Van Amersfoort, Hughes wants to focus even more on his Formula E commitment. The Briton suggested several times during the year that he would exhaust all possibilities to move up to the electric racing series. So far in 2022, he has been employed by Mercedes as a test and development driver. The team will become McLaren next year, and has so far announced a driver – Rene Rast.
In Formula 2, Hughes has scored 26 points so far in 2022, sitting 16th. It has often been a difficult year, not least since Van Amersfoort Racing only entered the series in 2022. In the last two races in France and Hungary, he was also not on the grid at all – coronavirus.
Even then, Van Amersfoort had called David Beckmann. Again, because at Silverstone the team had already used him as a substitute for Amaury Cordeel, who was suspended there. Beckmann was also on the grid at Imola, but there was a substitute for the injured Cem Bölükbasi at Charouz.
In total, Beckmann scored four points during the four race weekends. Now he gets the chance to complete the remaining four race weekends at Spa, Zandvoort, Monza, and Abu Dhabi for Van Amersfoort Zendeli as Campos’ substitute at Spa
Lirim Zendeli will also be another German on the grid in Formula 2 at Spa. For Zendeli, it’s just one weekend: He replaces Alpine junior Olli Caldwell, who was banned with twelve penalty points in Belgium.
A challenge for Zendeli. Will he be able to cope and what will such a changeover lead to? He last sat in an F2 car in Russia in 2021 before having to end his season early for budgetary reasons. In the meantime, he did drive, but in Formula 3 in Barcelona, also as a substitute. “Taking over the keys from Olli will be a big challenge, but I’ll do my best to get to the limit as quickly as possible,” Zendeli announces.