Ralph Boschung showed his strong pace during the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship, securing two podiums and taking multiple points finishes despite struggling with facet syndrome for most of the campaign and missing six of the 14 rounds.
The Campos Racing driver started the year strongly, competing for pole position and qualifying in the top five at each of the first three rounds. Ralph performed excellently in Bahrain to record a pair of fourth-place finishes, before a strong drive at Imola secured his first podium of the season in the Feature Race, leaving him level on points with fifth in the standings after three rounds.
However, following the Imola weekend, Ralph began to suffer neck pain and was later diagnosed with facet syndrome, forcing him to miss several rounds. The Swiss driver made a defiant return to the series at the end of August to score his second podium of the year in the Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, before completing the season despite still being hampered with the injury.
With the aim of getting back to full fitness over the winter break, Ralph and Campos are targeting a full competitive season in 2023, building on the potential shown at the back end of 2021 and the start of 2022.
Ralph Boschung: “We began the year strongly in Bahrain and then scoring the podium at Imola, so it was really frustrating to have the rest of the season impacted by my injury, as we showed we had the pace to compete at the front all season. It was tough to sit on the sidelines for so many rounds and not be at my full potential for others, but I had to put my health first as my injury could have long term consequences if not treated properly. It was amazing to clinch the podium finish on my comeback at Spa and I’m delighted to be returning to Formula 2 with Campos next year for my second full season in the series. I have a great relationship with the team, and we’ve already proven that together we can challenge at the front, so that will be the aim for 2023.”