It’s been three years since Simone Schuft last raced in the UIM F2 World Championship, back then she ran as team-mate to the Austrian driver Rupp Temper.
“Its hot here” said the German driver, “but it will be even hotter in the water tomorrow because we have a huge number of talented drivers racing here this weekend” she said.
It’s fair to say that after the ‘crashfest’ that the Grand Prix of Finland weekend turned into, many people would have thought that the entry list for the second round of the UIM F2 World Championship would have been decimated.
Fortunately for the organisers of the forty third running of the Campione D’Italia Grand Prix, that’s far from the case. Such is the strength in numbers that even with the likes of Pal Virik Nilsen, Frode Sundsdal and Tobias Munthe-Kaas, all absent this weekend, there should still be a healthy number of competitors all ready to race when the start lights go out at 14:30 on Sunday.
There have only ever been a handful of films made about powerboat racing but if Sergio Leone had ever to direct one, it might have looked like what happened at the opening round of 2016 UIM F2 World Championship.
So lets start with the ‘Good’ and what a story that could make after the youngest ever driver to race in the UIM F2 World Championship wins a Grand Prix at his first attempt. Eighteen year old Alberto Comparato had driven an exceptional race all weekend and had initially finished outside the top three. “My father had told me that all he wanted was for me to get the new DAC home in one piece, so you can imagine how he now feels after I was awarded the top spot” said Comparato. “There were several very long yellow flag situations which are something I’m not familiar with, so when it went green I was often caught out by the more experience drivers, like Carella”. For the next round the team will have some new propellers to race with so you can expect Comparato to be even quicker at what he calls his ‘almost’ home grand prix.
With the breeze beginning to calm down the advantage had certainly swung to those drivers who were using Molgaard hulls during qualifying for the UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland. One of them was the quietly spoken young German driver Stefan Hagin. Over the winter he had gone back to the Molgaard factory, where Christian and his team had reworked the decks and sponsons. “We took it to the recent race in Brodenbach in Germany and it ran perfectly” said Hagin. “I was actually getting some brilliant starts there, I even out dragged Rupp Temper, who is known for his quick reactions off the dock.” He will have the UIM F2 World Champion sat alongside him on the start pontoon for tomorrows race and is not sure what to expect, “I really don’t know how Lundin will get away when the lights go out” said the German, “Yes he’s quick out of the turns but let’s see how competitive he is from a standing start.”
Sweden’s Pierre Lundin left the other twenty three F2 drivers in his spray today when the 2015 UIM F2 World Champion posted a top speed of 194 Kmph during the Midnight Speed Run taking place at the opening round of the 2016 World Championship in Peurunka, Finland. Photo: Davies/F2 Team Association.Sweden’s Pierre Lundin left the other twenty three F2 drivers in his spray today when the 2015 UIM F2 World Champion posted a top speed of 194 Kmph during the Midnight Speed Run taking place at the opening round of the 2016 World Championship in Peurunka, Finland. Photo: Davies/F2 Team Association.