ART F2 pair Russell, Aitken blame limiters for pit speed penalties

ART Grand Prix drivers George Russell and Jack Aitken believe limiter faults were to blame for their pitlane speed infringements during last weekend's Silverstone Formula 2 feature race

ART F2 pair Russell, Aitken blame limiters for pit speed penalties

Both drivers were penalised five seconds after their feature race stops on Saturday for speeding at the pitlane exit.

But having analysed their cars' data, the pair believe their limiters played a role in their offences, the penalty for which cost Aitken the chance of scoring a point.

"The F2 technical department are doing a huge job to improve the limiter of the car for the starts, the upshifts and the downshifts," said Mercedes Formula 1 junior Russell.

"But it has a consequent effect on the pitlane speed limiter.

"It seems like after the pull-away [from the bit box] the speed goes over 60, before returning to the speed limit.

"Because we are in the last box in the pitlane, we keep accelerating as we exit the pitlane, and we don't have the opportunity [enough distance] to return to normal [legal pitlane speed].

"We believe the other team's speeds return to normal before the pit exit and it looks like that's why they haven't been penalised."

Renault junior Aitken added: "We're the last pitbox [before the exit of the pits], we got caught by the gun at pit exit.

"Whereas the other teams are overshooting [the 60kph limit], then they come back and stabilise and that's what's done me and George."

Autosport understands other teams have noticed the same issue when revisiting race data.

Formula 2 refused to comment on the matter.

Russell's race was relatively unaffected by the penalty, as a wheelgun broke during his stop, delaying his front-left wheel change and dropping him from first to second behind eventual winner Alexander Albon.

But Aitken's penalty, combined with another for a virtual safety car infringement, cost him eighth on the road, which would have given him the reversed-grid pole position for Sunday's sprint race.

"The VSC was quite frustrating," explained Aitken.

"I was in a part of the lap where the reference lap time is very slow, it was actually green [within the delta time] when the VSC was ending but from those five seconds where I was sorting myself out I was much higher than the reference speed.

"I slammed on the brakes and was crawling trying to get it down, but I was still a second over when it went green."

shares
comments
Banned F2 racer Santino Ferrucci apologises for 'mental lapse'
Previous article

Banned F2 racer Santino Ferrucci apologises for 'mental lapse'

Next article

The indie precursor to F1's talent development craze

The indie precursor to F1's talent development craze
What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series Plus

What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series

The announcement that FIA Formula 2 and 3 would race alongside the Australian Grand Prix from 2023 came as a surprise, not only to fans but to the series’ teams too. But with Formula 1’s boom in popularity bringing more fans to the championships, team principals are relishing the opportunity

FIA F2
Jun 28, 2022
The other Doohan charting his way to motorsport success Plus

The other Doohan charting his way to motorsport success

Heading into FIA Formula 2 this season, there was a lot of pressure on Jack Doohan. The 2021 F3 runner-up joined a new team for his next challenge, as well as signing up to the Alpine Academy. He told Autosport how he’s tackling the step up - with some help from his motorcycle legend father

FIA F2
Jun 16, 2022
The Brazilian F2 driver hoping to return his country to motorsport's top tier Plus

The Brazilian F2 driver hoping to return his country to motorsport's top tier

With a chaotic but “pretty much perfect” FIA Formula 2 weekend in Saudi Arabia behind him, Felipe Drugovich now leads the drivers’ standings in his third crack at the series. The Brazilian driver explains how he's improved amid some difficult years, and shares his dreams of ending his nation's absence from the F1 grid

FIA F2
Apr 1, 2022
The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2 Plus

The Red Bull junior aiming to emulate Piastri in F2

Norwegian talent Dennis Hauger has a tough act to follow in Oscar Piastri’s footsteps on his graduation to F2 as the reigning F3 champion with Prema. Here’s what he makes of the task ahead of him

FIA F2
Mar 16, 2022
The other Mercedes F1 young gun facing a big 2022 Plus

The other Mercedes F1 young gun facing a big 2022

With a disappointing 2021 season behind him, Frederik Vesti makes the move up to FIA Formula 2 with a reinvigorated sense of determination. Could this finally be the breakthrough year for the talented Mercedes junior?

FIA F2
Mar 14, 2022
Ranking the 10 best drivers of an F1 junior series stalwart Plus

Ranking the 10 best drivers of an F1 junior series stalwart

DAMS has been one of the most prolific teams below Formula 1 since its foundation in 1989, launching 32 drivers into grand prix racing. Following the team's sale to ex-F1 racer Charles Pic, formally closing the book on the ownership of the Driot family, Autosport picks out its 10 best drivers during their spell with the team

FIA F2
Feb 27, 2022
How an F2 enigma hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1 Plus

How an F2 enigma hopes ‘coming home’ can reopen doors to F1

After a disappointing 2021, Marcus Armstrong is returning to FIA Formula 2 for another shot at the title in 2022 with Hitech – this time without the backing of Ferrari. This year, he says, he’s ready to give it his all in a last-shot bid to reach Formula 1

FIA F2
Feb 19, 2022
The hardships that haven’t dented an F2 rookie’s American F1 dream Plus

The hardships that haven’t dented an F2 rookie’s American F1 dream

Faced with no options for 2021, Logan Sargeant’s Formula 1 dreams looked set to crumble. But a last-minute Formula 3 seat and a strong season secured him an F1 junior berth and a Formula 2 drive for 2022. He told Autosport how his transformative season has affected both his personality and his future

FIA F2
Jan 29, 2022