The second race of Season 2022 took place in the traditional circuit of Barcelona!
Hewitt crashed during the qualifiers and Biskup won the pole position in her stead. Mendoza stole the second place from Geckinho by mere hundredths of a second. Kisielewicz fumbled his flying lap and was bound to set the back of the grid on fire.
Biskup dominated the entire race up to the final lap, building a gap of over 15 seconds to his runner-up. Sadly, a tire failure just a few corners before the finish line saw him leave Barcelona empty-handed.
The fight for the second position was much more heated; Mendoza held into it as much as she could while Geckinho and Bedoya engaged in the fight for the third position, but before the end of the first lap, the place had switched already from the Brazilian driver and then to the Mexican.
Mendoza struggled to contain Geckinho and keep the third position, but he finally was able to break her defense by the middle of lap 3 to finally strike at Bedoya and recover the second position before its end. Just as she was getting to lap 4, Denzi had already struck taking her down to the 5th. She was able to recover this position, however, as Denzi has a close call near the Repsol corner.
At this height of the race (Lap 5/6), Hewitt had finally managed to cross through the back of the grid and join the game for the second position; she quickly managed Denzi jumping into the fifth position and advancing menacing towards Mendoza, and Kisielewicz was not far as he set his eyes over the purple Hatena of Denzi, who gave a good fight before finally yielding.
As Kisielewicz climbed, Hewitt was doing her job as well, dispatching Mendoza and sending her his way. The pressure sure built up over the Argentinian driver, who oversteered near La Caixa corner and was sent back to the 6th position.
Geckinho’s Hatena lost traction near the RACC corner, after retaining the second spot for a big chunk of the race, Bedoya and Hewitt didn’t miss the chance and ran past him entering the final lap of the race. Hewitt surpassed Bedoya at almost the same time as her teammate’s unfortunate accident, however as she was heading to her second win of the season, her wheels locked briefly over the Sabadell corner as she dodged Biskup’s crash site. Geckinho, Bedoya, and Kisielewicz surpassed her quickly to finish the race in that order.
There was a lot of action in the back of the race, as Gaburi did a decent job containing the furious Kisielewicz. She had an accidented race however and ended up crashing near the SEAT corner, in Lap 4.
Simernino had a race to forget, being unable to defend his starting 5th position as Hewitt and Kisielewicz cruised thru, and then losing control of his car to drop to the 9th position, only to be entangled with Wichman’s slower SLARA during the rest of the race. Only Biskup’s and Gaburi’s abandonment could put him in a 7th position, a whooping 12 seconds after Geckinho.
Geckinho’s victory served him tremendously, making him jump four positions to the second spot in the drivers’ championship. Hewitt managed to remain at the top while Simernino dropped three rows.
Mendoza’s single point, on the other hand, puts her above three drivers who haven’t managed to score so far, including the veteran Denzi.
Biskup lost one position because of his unlucky last lap. Were it not for this failure, he would likely have topped his teammate Hewitt!
As for the team’s championship, we have a new leader as Epona raises thru the ranks with Bedoya and Kisielewicz scoring strong! so far it seems the decision to not renew with Wichman has paid off tremendously. Geckinho’s victory also means Majeyaux is now under Queenscape and Hatena. But the season is merely beginning, we’ll see what happens in Monaco, next weekend!
It’s Reveal Day for the 2022 season! We will start with Epona Motorsports. They have switched colors to a vibrant red, and are now sponsored by Playing Mantis Toys. The traditional team says they are ready to claim back the teams’ trophy, after years of research and dev.
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Kisielewicz 🇵🇱, the runner-up from 2021, remains their lead driver hoping to claim victory this year with his aggressive technique. Wichman 🇸🇪 has been replaced by Mexican driver Juan Bedoya 🇲🇽 as he failed to meet the teams’ expectations.
Their new single-seater has received significant upgrades from 2021, and they have a pretty decent chance at the teams’ tournament combined with their new lineup. But only time will tell!
2022 Reveal Day continued with Queenscape Motorsports 🇩🇪. The new cars of the team that won the 2021 drivers tournament feature a complete facelift thanks to their new tournament sponsor: Team ADOM. Bring in the ChAoS!
Under the hood, the design of the car remains very similar to its 2021 specs. Last year they lost the teams’ tournament dramatically with Majeyaux after drawing in points in the last race. Hopefully, they’ll have better luck in 2022!
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The reigning tournament champion, Jochen 🇩🇪, continues missing since his victory at the 2021 Brazilian FormulaProc GP, where he won the trophy in advance of the last race. His teammate, Biskup 🇩🇪, will take the reins of the team on the track, joined by debutant Hewitt 🇰🇷.
HATENA motors 🇯🇵 showed promising performances last season. As stated in their press release: “We are very pleased to announce our new business partner: CENTARRO, we have the confidence that together we will push our team to the next level”.
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Hatena will also see some changes in their drivers: Denzi 🇯🇵 remains in the team and will seek to improve his good 2021 results, and with Geckinho 🇧🇷 moving to stock car racing, his seat will be taken by Mendoza 🇦🇷: exciting news for the lovers of racing from his home country.
Hatena has always been the target of rumors about their high technology R+D department getting maybe a bit too close to breaking the rules. We will see how it plays for them this season!
And here’s Slashware Racing’s 🇨🇴 2022 open-wheel car. They are keeping the pitch-black design from 2021 and their Hatena power units. “We learned a lot in our first season, and we are committed to establishing ourselves as a strong midfield contender this year”, said its CEO, Zapata.
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CEO Zapata 🇨🇴 wisely decided to step down from the driver’s seat after his short adventure. “It’s been fun but we need a real pilot behind the wheel”. Gaburi 🇯🇵 will remain on the team and will be joined by Wichman 🇸🇪, both ex-Epona will seek to redeem their bad 2021 seasons.
It’s just their second year in FormulaProc, but there’s a lot of expectation already around the team now that they have a solid team of experienced drivers, and Hatena has promised improvements on the reliability of their power units.
And to close the 2022 reveal day, we had 2021 teams tournament champions Majeyaux Automobile 🇫🇷! Their cars have been completely revamped as they welcome a new sponsor: Bombillo Amarillo!
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Top drivers Casalini 🇫🇷 and Simernino 🇮🇹 kept their seats. Their performance in 2021 was good enough for the team to win the championship, but they lacked the consistency to win individually. Will Casalini recover the shape he lost during the last half of 2021?
The winning team hasn’t rested on their laurels and continues improving their car in their new air tunnel facilities in Champagne 🇫🇷. Meanwhile, it’s rumored that an animated series featuring the struggles of their drivers is in pre-production.
Jochen claimed the championship in Brazil, but the fight for the second position was on between many drivers. The challenging and quick Yas Marina circuit was set to reward the brave and daring!
When the time came to race, we met the surprising news that Jochen, the crowned champion, was lost and had been replaced by a mysterious American driver. Second place in the tournament was up for grabs for four drivers. The sunset at Yas Marina promised a fun spectacle.
In the end, Kisielewicz won the race, securing the second spot in the standings, and Casalini managed to stay on the final podium even after his disastrous second half of the season. Majeyaux dramatically clinched the top spot in the teams’ tournament, after drawing with Queenscape and having to resort to the tie-breaking criteria of better score-less runs.
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Issues at Hatena, but not the ones you might be imagining; Epona returning to their roots and more! This Grand Prix was a shocker! Read on and find out why!
Edward Parker, writing for formulaproc.com
Before we start, let’s discuss last week’s GP at Hungary (or rather the lack of it…)
Unless you’re living under a rock, you should by now have heard about Hatena Motor’s new technology. They have announced mass production will begin next year, all very exciting. But for some fans and teams, this new technology represents an unfair advantage and change for which they are not ready.
Fear is the common denominator, and fear can make some people do some very stupid things, like threaten to detonate a bomb in Hungary unless the Chamber of the Unseen declares the use of this technology illegal.
If you watch the news, you may know what happened next, if not… Well, let me tell you that FormulaProc being canceled last week was not because the Chamber was going to bend, but the other way around. No one knows who the members of the Chamber of the Unseen are, but they seem to be very well connected. After the weekend finished, 50 people were captured by Interpol, and their whereabouts are unknown.
This reporter tried to pry some information from high-ranking officials, but every single time I asked, I was met with stern looks and the same advice “Don’t look into it. Justice was served”.
Usually, I wouldn’t listen. Journalism ethics and all that. But I like my job and not looking behind my back, so I won’t ask any more questions and neither will you.
With that bitter business out of the way, let’s talk about the qualifying session!
As expected, Jochen and Biskup were hard at trying to beat each other’s time. This time it played in favor of Queenscape, netting them a pole position again at long last, and a third spot in the grid.
Gekinho showed us once more his natural talent using the PSAA (Plug Suite Aioros Alpha) technology and ate the other driver’s time with each corner, managing to almost snatching the pole, less than a second under the best time of the session.
His teammate, Denzi, managed to score a very good fourth place in the starting grid. An outstanding outcome especially taking into account how close we are to his last accident; it was just like in the episode “Shining soul” of his anime (“Black lines”, if you haven’t watched it, you should). His body may not be in the best shape right now, but his soul is that of a racer. It should also be noted that Hatena deployed all of their technology for this miracle to happen, installing a complete simulator at the hospital and letting him practice with his plug suit.
No wonder the cancelation of the Magyar Nagydíj also played in his favor, but you gotta be prepared and strong to take on the chances you are given.
Interestingly for Epona, Kisielewicz didn’t manage to score a quicker lap than Wichman, proving us there is still some potential on the Swedish driver (if only he managed to keep a cool head in the races themselves!).
Majeyaux had a terrible qualifiers session, with Simernino failing to master Eau Rouge and crashing (fortunately he didn’t suffer any injury), and Casalini barely managing to track 11 seconds after the pole.
Grand Prix at Spa
On to the main dish! Tensions were high. Even I was nervous but I have to admit Belgian chocolate helped.
The race had just started and already Wichman was doing what he does best: being reckless. Near La Source he understeer and allowed Zapata to get out of tenth place, while Casalini and Simernino got ahead, but not by much. Is Majeyaux resting on their laurels? Since France, we haven’t seen much action from the French team, and even if they are ahead by a lot, they shouldn’t rest easy. FormulaProc can be unpredictable and situations can change just as fast as the cars. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.
Remember what I said about Jochen and Biskup fighting not being good for Queenscape? Well… Jochen was leading the race, and Biskup started to bump him from behind. Come Les Combes and Jochen decelerated before Biskup could predict it and lo and behold, Biskup may be trying to become an airplane pilot because of the way his car flew. He crashed spectacularly. Look… maybe I shouldn’t be making fun of a crash, but he’s ok, and let’s be honest… He deserved it.
With him out of the way, now the battle for the lead was between Jochen and Geckinho, with Kisielewicz and Denzi closely behind.
Fourth lap, near Pouhon! Yes, that was Jochen spinning! It wasn’t for a long time, but it was all the advantage Gekinho needed, and he took it alright! Kiselewicz fought for the rest of the race but didn’t manage to catch up with the leaders.
This Grand Prix was great for Hatena. Not only did Geckinho earn his first victory since his return to races, but Denzi managed to keep a good place on the grid despite his multiple lesions. This, dear readers is why I love FormulaProc. It’s not just about new technologies, or the best cars or who is the favorite; it’s about spirit and the constant fight for improvement, the constant fight to be the best, and Denzi embodies all those ideals.
And would you believe it… For Kisielewicz it was a great race too, even if he was behind the leaders by a lot, or at least he seemed to think it was a good race if we are to believe the huge smile he had. After the race he got out of the car as if he had springs instead of underpants and walked directly to Epona’s trailer, Wichman was denied entry until Kisielewicz left, again with a smile to visit other teams HQs.
What is happening inside Epona?
We need to talk of course about the strange happenings we are witnessing in the Italian team; there are for instance rumors that Kisielewicz is related to a member of the Chamber of the Unseen… would that somehow be related to the fact that we saw him smiling at Wichman before the race and that hasn’t happened for weeks?
It’s only rumors of course, but the word is Wichman may not have a place in racing for long, and Kisielewicz is supposedly making sure of that. Let’s remember Kisielewicz’s words have a lot of weight, not only because of his connections and abilities but because of his family’s history. Epona is a very traditional team, most of the top people there were pilots at some point and they took a chance when hiring Wichman, thinking that Epona needed some new fresh names, but clearly, it hasn’t worked out.
Just look at the standings and you’ll see Wichman failing almost every single time, and that for a new name… Well, they are not good news.
Finally, although it’s not official info, sources close to Wichman told us he has been complaining about his engine underperforming constantly, no matter what he does.
Hatena continues climbing
Now let’s talk about the Japanese team; with his victory, Geckinho’s standing in the tournament went up BY A LOT. He’s now behind Jochen by less than 10 points, and if he keeps it up as he has for the last two races, we think he might climb more than one place.
His victory also brought glory to Hatena, boosting their points by a lot. The Netherlands is our next stop next Sunday, I’m sure we’ll see more surprises from Hatena and I’m betting all my money on them taking Epona’s place. Italy’s horses should take care because Team White is biting their heels.
Slashware failing to make a splash
Let’s now talk about SLARA, they are in a weird position… it’s a new team composed of a completely new racer who happens to own the team and an ex-Epona racer who is turning out to be… a one-hit-wonder? Gaburi got her spotlight at Monaco when she earned third place, but how did she earn it? Some people are starting to think it was luck, a fluke, a glitch in the matrix. After all, she hasn’t been able to replicate it. She did come close at France earning fourth place, but comparing her to other racers… Well, only Wichman and Zapata are worse off.
And Zapata… well, at least he can be sure he’ll maintain ownership of his team when the season ends, but to be honest with you, I think he should be a manager, not a racer. He has earned points only two times this season, and not many. Maybe a change in SLARA is in order.
Providing there are no more cancelations, I will see you next weekend for the Dutch Grand Prix!