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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 29: Olli Caldwell of Great Britain and Campos Racing (14) looks on during practice ahead of Round 10:Budapest of the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring on July 29, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

F2: Caldwell to serve ban at Spa after reaching 12 penalty points

The British driver becomes the second driver to be banned from a round this season

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Olli Caldwell has been banned from competing in Formula 2 at Spa-Francorchamps.

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 Caldwell’s Campos car during the Feature Race at the Hungaroring (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The Campos driver racked up 12 penalty points during the first ten rounds of the season and will be forced to miss the 11th round as a result.

12 penalty points

Caldwell picked up the first seven of his 12 penalty points at the very first round in Bahrain, five of which were for track limits violations.

In fact, more than half of Caldwell’s infractions were for track limits, including his most recent and 12th penalty point.

After Caldwell had reached 11 penalty points, FormulaNerds spoke to him about his situation. Ahead of round 9 of the championship, he said “I don’t entirely agree with what those points were given for, but I can’t change it. So I’m just trying not to get any extra ones.”

Caldwell managed to stay out of trouble and not score any points (penalty or otherwise) in Le Castellet, but in Hungary he received one more point for track limits violations, bringing his total to 12.

Formula 2 has a whole month of break before the next round in Belgium, which Caldwell will be missing. Campos already has one replacement driver, Roberto Merhi, filling in for the injured Ralph Boschung. They’ll have to find a second driver to replace Caldwell for that round, most likely David Beckmann. Beckmann has already filled in this season at both Charouz and VAR.

is Nissany next?

Caldwell isn’t the first driver to miss a round of Formula 2 this season due to penalty points. Van Amersfoort’s Amaury Cordeel racked up 12 penalty points in the first six rounds of this season and missed out on Silverstone as a consequence.

Not only is Caldwell not the first, but he also might not be the last either. As of Budapest, DAMS’ driver Roy Nissany is on 11 points.

Nissany received his 11th point for a collision with Merhi in the Feature Race. While Nissany would become the third driver to receive a ban this season, he would be the first non-rookie. 2022 is Nissany’s fourth season in Formula 2, and he would become the first non-rookie driver to receive 12 penalty points in one season. 

Three of Nissany’s 11 points came from one incident with Prema’s Dennis Hauger. In the Feature Race at Silverstone, Nissany crashed into Hauger, which caused Hauger’s car to go over the sausage kerb and onto the top of Nissany’s car.

Following the incident, Nissany told FormulaNerds he accepted blame for the incident and labelled his penalty as “fair”. 

There are four rounds to go in which Nissany could receive his 12th penalty point and be forced to serve a ban. Having three drivers, Cordeel, Caldwell, and Nissany, banned in one season would be a record for FIA Formula 2.

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