F2 Feature Race review: Barcelona 2018


12 May 2018
I'm disappointed with the way the race ended today because my pace was good and I was feeling confident.

“I'm disappointed with the way the race ended today because my pace was good and I was feeling confident.”


Louis Delétraz  

Antonio Fuoco gave Charouz Racing System its second FIA Formula 2 Championship point-scoring finish in as many events as he steered his car to a P10 finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.

After setting the sixth fastest lap time during Friday’s practice, the 21-year-old went on to qualify in P11 for today’s 60-minute race around the 4.65km track that is located close to Barcelona.

Starting on the medium compound tyre, Antonio quickly gained a couple of places but his hopes of racing even higher up the order were not helped by four Virtual Safety Car (VCS) periods that were needed to clear the cars that retired during the race.

The VSC periods accounted for eight laps of the race, meaning Antonio had to drive close to a quarter of the 36-lap distance at reduced speed and unable to battle for position.

Although the Ferrari Academy driver rose to P2 during the first round of pit stops, when he exited the pits after completing his own mandatory stop for soft rubber, he was P13.

Gaining three places during the last 10 laps was reward for Antonio’s determined showing and he crossed the finish line to claim his 18th point of the season.

The F2 Feature Race proved to be more challenging for team-mate Louis Delétraz. Battling for a place inside the top-ten, the Swiss driver had contact with a rival at Turn One. Unfortunately, Louis’ ADS Securities-sponsored car was damaged in the incident and he was forced to retire from P11.

Team owner Antonin Charouz said: “It was a tough race today but we’ve still made some progress and gained another point which has moved us up to P6 in the Teams’ Championship. We’re always looking to move forward and, even after a challenging race like this, we’ve still gained something.”

Team principal Bob Vavrik said: “We’ll take a point and move on to tomorrow’s Sprint Race where we’ll be looking for an even bigger reward. Our focus is on catching the guys that are ahead of us and both the drivers and everyone in the team knows the potential is there to do that. We just need to put it down on the track.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “It was good that we finished and scored a point but it was a tough race and we hoped for more. For some reason we didn’t have a good pace and that made things difficult. We need to try and understand everything tonight so that we can come back stronger for the Sprint Race tomorrow.”

Louis Delétraz said: “I’m disappointed with the way the race ended today because my pace was good and I was feeling confident. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow where I hope I can make my speed count on a track that I enjoy and have a good feeling for.”

Antonio will start tomorrow’s 29-lap F2 Sprint Race from P10 on the grid, while Louis will line up in P20.

I'm disappointed with the way the race ended today because my pace was good and I was feeling confident.

“I'm disappointed with the way the race ended today because my pace was good and I was feeling confident.”


Louis Delétraz  
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