Ayumu Iwasa (DAMS) participated in the 2022 FIA-F2 Championship, which held 14 races. Iwasa has been based in Europe as part of the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) and won the French F4 championship in 2020. In 2021, despite being a rookie year in the FIA F3 Championship, he won his first victory at the 4th round, the Hungarian GP, and stepped up to the FIA F2 Championship.
The format of the FIA F2 Championship has changed in 2022 season. A sprint race will be held on Saturday with the top 10 in the qualifying standings on a reverse grid, and a feature race that tire changes will be mandatory will be held on Sunday where cars will start in the qualifying standings.
Takes the podium for the first time in the FIA F2
Opening race in Bahrain. Even though he started last in the sprint race, he caught up in the closing stages to finish eighth and scored first points in his first race. Followed up at Round 2 in Saudi Arabia, he finished in 7th in both the sprint and feature races in Saudi Arabia and finished 5th in the feature race at Round 3 in Imola, Italy. Despite his first participation in the race, he showed a good start by steadily adding points in three races in a row, and in the sprint race of the fourth round in Barcelona, he made a good start from 5th place in the 3rd row and improved his position, and he finished in 2nd place by gaining the distance to 3rd place driver. He secured his first podium in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
He was penalized and had bumps which lead to unwanted result at Round 5 in Monaco, but in round 6, Azerbaijan, he finished 8th in the sprint race and scored points. In Round 7, the British sprint race, he ran fastest laps in a row from the 17th lap to the final lap, but unfortunately it was 0.9 seconds short which resulted him in a second place. It was Iwasa’s first podium since Round 4 in Spain.
1st place of the race in his rookie year
In the 8th round sprint race held in Austria, although he finished in 8th place, he was penalized and eventually finished 10th. Although there were many warnings and penalties in the feature race which was held in the difficult conditions of the wet race, he finished 7th and earned 6 points.
Placing 13th place overall so far, in the 9th round of the sprint race in France, although it was a difficult course to overtake, Iwasa made good use of his tire management from the 9th position and moved up in the final stages to finish in 8th position. After the race, a time penalty was imposed on the machines, including those in the top ranks, and he moved up to 6th place. In the feature race starting from the front row with 2nd position, after taking the lead on the first lap, the safety car was introduced on the second lap due to an accident which happened drivers behind him. After that, Iwasa made a perfect decision to restart the race and built a one second lead over 2nd place driver. Even in last part of the race, he continued to pull away from the 2nd place driver lap after lap. In the end, he was more than 8 seconds faster than 2nd place driver, and he won his first victory in the FIA F2 Championship in his rookie year.
In the 10th round of the Hungarian feature race, he finished on the podium in 3rd place for the second time in a row. At the end of the 10th round, he has total of 90 series points. He climbed to 7th place in the series ranking.
Finished 5th overall in his first year of FIA F2
In the 11th round in Belgium, although he was not able to score any points on the first day, he managed to catch up in the final stages of the feature race and finished 8th. In the 12th round of the Dutch Feature Race, he fought determinedly until the end and finished in 3rd place despite the turmoil of the race, with the safety car being called out three times and the red flag being interrupted. It was his fifth podium of the season.
With the remaining two rounds, Iwasa has earned a total of 114 points, placing him 6th in the series ranking. However, in the 13th round held in Monza, Italy, the pace of the machine did not improve and the first day was in 16th place. The next day, he finished in 3rd place, but he was disqualified after a violation was pointed out on the floor of his machine.
Then came the final race in Abu Dhabi. Although he finished 13th in the sprint race with no points, he started the feature race from pole position. He held the lead from the end of the first lap, and on the 31st and final laps of Turns 8 and 9, he fought a fierce side-by-side battle with Felipe Dolgovic, who had secured the championship in Round 13. He kept his position until the end and received the checkered flag at the top. Iwasa, who finished the final race in the form of victory, has a total of 141 points in the series. He finished the series ranking in 5th place for his Rookie year in the season of 2022.
|1||Felipe DRUGOVICH||11||MP Motorsport||MP Motorsport||265|
|2||Théo POURCHAIRE||10||ART Grand Prix||ART GRAND PRIX||164|
|6||Jack DOOHAN||3||Virtuosi Racing||Virtuosi Racing||128|
|7||Jehan DARUVALA||2||PREMA Racing||PREMA Racing||126|
|8||Enzo FITTIPALDI||22||Charouz Racing System||Charouz Racing System||126|
|9||Frederik VESTI||9||ART Grand Prix||ART GRAND PRIX||117|
|10||Dennis HAUGER||1||PREMA Racing||PREMA Racing||115|
|11||Jüri VIPS||8||Hitech Grand Prix||Hitech Grand Prix||114|
|13||Marcus ARMSTRONG||7||Hitech Grand Prix||Hitech Grand Prix||93|
|14||Clément NOVALAK||12||MP Motorsport||MP Motorsport||40|
|15||Ralph BOSCHUNG||15||Campos Racing||Campos Racing||40|
|16||Jake HUGHES||24||Van Amersfoort Racing||Van Amersfoort Racing||26|
|17||Amaury CORDEEL||25||Van Amersfoort Racing||Van Amersfoort Racing||26|
|18||David BECKMAN||24||Van Amersfoort Racing||Van Amersfoort Racing||25|
|20||Roberto MERHI||15||Campos Racing||Campos Racing||15|
|21||Olli CALDWELL||14||Campos Racing||Campos Racing||12|
|22||Marino SATO||4||Virtuosi Racing||Virtuosi Racing||6|