Charouz Racing System: Hungary F2 preview


25 July 2018
The Hungaroring is a circuit I usually like and I hope I can be fighting for the podium.

“The Hungaroring is a circuit I usually like and I hope I can be fighting for the podium.”


Antonio Fuoco  

Charouz Racing System will return to FIA Formula 2 Championship action in Hungary this weekend (27-29 July) following a three-week break in the 2018 calendar.

The Czech-based team hasn’t raced since it completed a run of three back-to-back events by scoring P3, P4 and P5 finishes at Silverstone earlier this month.

Those impressive results enabled the Ferrari Driver Academy-affiliated outfit, which only graduated to the F2 category at the start of the new season, to strengthen its grip on third place in the F2 teams’ championship standings.

With five events remaining in 2018, there’s plenty of points still up for grabs – starting at the 4.38km Hungaroring this weekend.

Drivers Antonio Fuoco and Louis Delétraz will be bidding to extend the team’s point-scoring run to 11 consecutive races, and strengthen their respective P5 and P8 positions in the drivers’ title race.

But the team is braced for a tough weekend in Hungary as searing temperatures continue to grip Europe. That means the F2 teams, drivers, tyres and cars should be tested to the maximum during Friday’s qualifying session, Saturday’s 37-lap Feature Race and Sunday’s 28-lap Sprint Race.

As part of Charouz Racing System’s preparations for the eighth round of the season, it successfully completed an FIA-sanctioned F2 clutch and engine test at Hungary’s Euroring circuit on Tuesday.

The team said it was “optimistic” about the results of the test and hoped that the F2 championship will return to standing starts on the Hungaroring grid this weekend.

Team owner Antonin Charouz said: “It’s a good feeling to be returning to the track in Hungary and we definitely want to keep our momentum. We know we are doing well, but we also know that we need to work hard to keep moving forward. We respect the fact that results don’t come easy in F2 and we have areas where we can still make improvements.”

Team principal Bob Vavrik said: “One of the big considerations for this weekend will be the extreme heat that we’re likely to face. That could have a big effect on performance. Even when you’re racing without any blanking in hot temperatures, your car can be running very close to the edge. That’s a situation that will need to be managed carefully.”

Louis Delétraz said: “The focus heading to Hungary is to stay in the positive rhythm and to have the good momentum during all of the races that are left this season. The Hungaroring is a track where you need to be very precise and confident. If you miss one of the fast flowing corners, you’re immediately out of sequence and you cannot make a fast lap.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “I had a good car for the high-speed corners at Silverstone but this weekend in Hungary will be completely different because many of the corners are much slower. We will need a good set up for that. The Hungaroring is a circuit I usually like and I hope I can be fighting for the podium.”

The Hungaroring is a circuit I usually like and I hope I can be fighting for the podium.

“The Hungaroring is a circuit I usually like and I hope I can be fighting for the podium.”


Antonio Fuoco  
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