Driver summaries - Hungaroring, Budapest

F2 takes a closer look how each driver performed last weekend

Formula Two's maiden visit to the Hungaroring last weekend produced two entertaining races with Alex Fontana and Markus Pommer sharing the spoils. Swiss driver Fontana secured the honours in an incident-packed opening race to claim his first F2 victory, while Pommer powered away from pole in race two to collect his third win of the season. Formulatwo.com looks back at how each driver performed during the sun-soaked event…

#3 Max Snegirev R1: 7th R2: 15th
Max picked up his first F2 points finish of the season last weekend and although he benefitted from several retirements in race one, he showed good pace throughout, including going quickest in the first pre-event test session. A couple of tangles in race two meant he finished towards the rear of the pack but hopefully he can come back stronger in Monza in two weeks' time.

#4 Luciano Bacheta R1: 3rd R2: 8th
One year on since his barrel crash in GP3, Luciano Bacheta could have wrapped up the F2 title in Hungary but unfortunately was unable to find the right balance with his car. Despite this, the Brit 'lucked' his way into third during race one, capitalising from a number of retirements ahead. His eighth spot in race two though was more representative of his pace and he'll no doubt want to make some changes ahead of the season finale at Monza where he'll look to clinch the championship honours.

#7 David Zhu R1: 10th R2: 11th
The Hungaroring proved to be a difficult weekend for the Chinese racer who was just unable to tune into his car. He was further hampered by a four-car collision in race one which cost him both time and positions to end P10. In race two he battled to 11th to finish just outside the points and will no doubt want to end on a high in Monza. 

#8 Plamen Kralev R1: 9th R2: 13th
Plamen has shown significant improvement of late, picking up his second points finish of the year in Hungary and showing competitive pace. His ninth place in race one equals his best ever F2 result and he fought hard in race two to gain two positions to cross the line P13.

#9 Mihai Marinescu R1: DNF R2: 7th
The Romanian had high hopes ahead of last weekend's rounds, especially given the Budapest track is his adopted home circuit. However, it wasn't to be for Mihai who despite showing strong pace, was judged to have caused a collision with Mathéo Tuscher in race one - ending both their races. His subsequent five place grid penalty hampered his second race leaving him with just six points to and as such now drops out of the title running.

#10 Alex Fontana R1: 1st R2: 5th
Alex enjoyed a fantastic weekend at the Hungaroring to move him up into seventh in the drivers' standings. The Swiss/Greek racer was quickest in Friday's practice and then from fourth on the grid secured his maiden F2 win, including a great overtake on Kevin Mirocha into Turn 1. A firm fifth place in race two capped off his highest points weekend of the season and leave him full of confidence ahead of the final rounds.

#12 Mathéo Tuscher R1: DNF R2: 2nd
The Swiss teenager endured a frustrating weekend in Hungary through no fault of his own. After running P2 in race one he was hit from behind by Mihai Marinescu going into Turn 1 causing him to drop out and lose his grip on championship leader Luciano Bacheta. He bounced back though in race two to finish second and keep his title hopes alive.

#18 Dino Zamparelli R1: 6th R2: 3rd
Hungary proved to be an 'up and down' weekend for the young Brit but once again he showed just how far he's come. The weekend unfortunately began on a sour note after being the innocent party in an incident with Hector Hurst in FP1. He was then caught up in the multiple car collision in race one to drop down the order. However, he came back through the field to finish sixth in that race and followed that up in race two with a superb podium - his second of the year.

#19 Christopher Zanella R1: 5th R2: 6th   
Like Luciano Bacheta, Christopher struggled for pace in Hungary and could only manage fifth and sixth. Despite topping the timesheets during Thursday's free practice, he never once threatened the front runners and drops to fourth in the drivers' standing and out of the title race.

#20 Daniel McKenzie R1: 4th R2: 9th 
Daniel enjoyed a solid event last weekend and spent the majority of this time battling with fellow countryman Luciano Bacheta. In race one he pushed the championship leader throughout and came close to taking his podium slot but it wasn't to be. The pair were again battling in race two, this time over eighth spot, with the two leaving the track on occasions with Bacheta again holding firm.

#22 Axcil Jefferies R1: DNF R2: 10th
Axcil has been steadily getting on top of the F2 car of late and will feel unlucky not to have come away with his seventh consecutive points finish. After showing consistent top 10 pace all weekend, the Zimbabwean was innocently caught up in the four-car incident at Turn 2 in the opening round to record his first non points finish in five races. He recovered in race two to finish 10th.

#24 Kevin Mirocha R1: 2nd R2: 4th
Kevin enjoyed one of his strongest weekends of the year in Hungary and could well have picked up his second win of the season. He was denied though by a great move by Alex Fontana in race one to be forced to settle with second place. He followed this up with fourth in race two to collect a healthy points haul heading into the final rounds.

#27 Markus Pommer R1: DNS R2: 1st  
Hungary was a tale of two halves for the German racer who could well have claimed a double win had it not been for a technical issue in race one. Starting from P2, he was forced to retire before the race got underway but quickly bounced back with a commanding lights-to-flag victory, building a margin of more than 16s. He now remains one of three drivers left in the title hunt for Monza.

#35 Hector Hurst R1: DNF R2: 14th
The Hungaroring will no doubt be a weekend Hector will want to forget. An incident with Dino Zamparelli in Friday's practice didn't get things off to the best start which was made worse by a collision in race one for which he was handed a five place grid penalty. He made up a couple of places from the back of the field in race two to end P12 and now focusing on making amends in Italy.

#51 Richard Gonda R1: 8th R2: 12th
Slovakian Richard Gonda made his F2 debut last weekend and took little time to show just what he can do. On Thursday's test he finished an impressive sixth quickest overall before picking up his maiden points finish with eighth in race one. He came close to making it a second top 10 in race two but finished just outside the points to round off a promising introduction to the series. 

2012 Championship
FINAL STANDINGS
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231.5pts
2.
210pts
3.
196pts
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169pts
5.
161pts
6.
159.5pts
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115pts
8.
106.5pts
10.
27pts
Monza
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Monza
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