Charouz Racing System: Sochi Feature Race review


29 September 2018
Today we showed a good recovery after not managing to score points in our recent F2 races

“Today we showed a good recovery after not managing to score points in our recent F2 races”


Antonin Charouz  

Charouz Racing System returned to point-scoring form in the FIA Formula Two Championship today as Antonio Fuoco raced to P6 in the Feature Race at Russia’s Sochi Autodrom.

Team-mate Louis Delétraz, who was making his first racing appearance on the 5.84km street circuit, came close to joining Antonio inside the top ten but a pair of unfortunate time penalties dropped him to P12 in the final results.

Both drivers found it hard to find the pace they wanted during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session and that meant Antonio started the Feature Race from P11, while Louis was P14.

Antonio opted for the alternate tyre strategy during the 28-lap race and he immediately made good use of his soft rubber. A quick start allowed the Ferrari Driver Academy pilot to jump from P11 to P6 on the opening lap and he continued his rise up the order as the race progressed.

As the drivers on the prime strategy made their mandatory pit stop to switch from their super-soft rubber, Antonio was perfectly positioned to take the lead of the race.

The Italian briefly stepped back from the front of the pack to preserve his soft tyres, before he then regained the lead for a second time on lap 20.

His mandatory pit stop followed three laps later for super-soft rubber, and he rejoined the field in P8.

Although he dropped out of the top places, having fresh tyres on his car allowed Antonio to fight back in the closing stages and he expertly gained a couple of places to finish P6 and secure eight valuable championship points.

Louis meanwhile, opted to go with the prime tyre strategy during the race and suffered with high degradation during the opening phase of the race.

But the ADSS-supported driver was able to fight hard once he switched to soft rubber and he rose up the order to finish P9 on the track.

Unfortunately, officials issued Louis with a 10-second penalty after he crossed the pit lane entry line and he was then hit with an additional 5-second penalty for exceeding track limits. That pushed him down to P12 in the final classification – just outside the points.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “Today we showed a good recovery after not managing to score points in our recent F2 races and we are pleased to be firmly in the fight for P4 in the Teams’ Championship with three races left. We hope we can build on today’s performance by scoring some more points tomorrow.”

Team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “It’s always satisfying when your hard work is rewarded with some points so we’re quite pleased with today’s race. I think Antonio did the maximum he could from his grid position. Unfortunately, Louis’ performance and end result was compromised by his pit lane mistake. This is a situation we can learn from.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “I’m pleased we had a good race today and that I could score some valuable points. I felt my pace was okay – but I would have liked it to be better. I’m fully focused on the Sprint Race tomorrow because, starting from P3, I think we have a good chance to do something pretty good.”

Louis Delétraz said: “The first six laps were bad on the super soft tyres and we don’t know why we had such huge degradation. After that we had a pretty good run with the softs and were fighting back. That gives me confidence we can do something during tomorrow’s Sprint Race. The pit lane penalty was my mistake. I had no more tyres and had a big snap of oversteer which caused me to cross the line.”

Today we showed a good recovery after not managing to score points in our recent F2 races

“Today we showed a good recovery after not managing to score points in our recent F2 races”


Antonin Charouz  
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