F2 Feature Race review: Hungary, 2018


28 July 2018
Unfortunately, I couldn't see him in the spray and I made contact and flew over the back of his car.

“Unfortunately, I couldn't see him in the spray and I made contact and flew over the back of his car. ”


louis Delétraz  

Antonio Fuoco scored Charouz Racing System’s seventh FIA Formula 2 Championship podium of the season after a sensational drive to P3 in Hungary this afternoon.

The Ferrari Driver Academy pilot was disappointed to have qualified in P12 for the F2 Feature Race at the Hungaroring, but with heavy rain falling on the 4.38km track before – and during – the race, the Italian knew the slippery conditions would be to his liking.

As the lights went out for the first of two F2 support races at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Antonio made a stunning start to vault up to P5 by the end of the first lap.

With the tight and technical circuit doused in water, Antonio’s impressive car control proved to be a major asset and a series of neat passes allowed him to be challenging for P2 just before mid-distance.

With a drying line clearly developing on the track, the race entered its mandatory pit stop phase and Antonio briefly found himself leading as Lando Norris dived into the pits for slick tyres.

Antonio followed suit a lap later before and rejoined the track in P4 – forfeiting some time so engineers could remove the brake blanking from his car.

He put the power down during the next coupe of laps to successfully defend the position from a train of cars behind him. Then, with a safe distance to his rivals behind him, Antonio set about chasing down Sergio Sette Camara for P3 in the closing stages.

With his car and medium compound tyres performing strongly, Antonio soon caught his Brazilian rival and dived down his inside at Turn One on the final lap to take the last podium position.

The final tour provided a grandstand finale as Antonio’s pace then allowed him to pull right up to Norris to challenge for P2, but the Briton was resolute and Antonio had to be content with P3 – his fifth podium of the 2018 season.

After an encouraging qualifying performance on Friday afternoon that netted P10 on today’s grid, the 34-lap Feature Race proved to be a frustrating affair for team-mate Louis Delétraz.

The ADSS Group-supported driver’s realistic hopes of a point-scoring finish were dashed when he was forced into the pits at the end of the first lap to repair damage that was sustained after contact with another car at Turn 9.

The time loss dropped the 21-year-old to P19 and, despite finding a strong pace and setting the fourth fastest lap of the race, he couldn’t progress any higher than P17 at the chequered flag.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “Today’s race showed how exciting F2 racing can be and we’re delighted to finish on the podium again and score some more points for the teams’ championship. While we’re pleased for Antonio, we were disappointed that Louis’ race was disrupted so early. Hopefully both of our drivers can enjoy a good Sprint Race tomorrow.”

Team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “We’re all sad for Louis because he had contact and his race was basically decided on the first lap when we had to change the nose on his car. For Antonio, it was another strong race and he was getting quicker and quicker in both the wet and dry conditions. I’m pleased for his podium and also for the engineering job that we did today. The set-up and performance of the cars was excellent.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “We went with a wet set up for the race which was the right choice. I was struggling a little at the end on the drying track but I’m very happy with P3. I’ve always felt pretty confident in the wet conditions – something that showed at Paul Ricard – and although there were a few tricky moments on my out lap with the medium slick, everything was under control.”

Louis Delétraz said: “It was a disappointing race for me because I was hoping to push from P10. Max Günther had a problem on the first lap and was driving slowly. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see him in the spray and I made contact and flew over the back of his car. Nobody was to blame because the visibility is compromised in these conditions. It was just a shame I couldn’t use my race pace in both the wet and dry to make the impact I wanted.”

Unfortunately, I couldn't see him in the spray and I made contact and flew over the back of his car.

“Unfortunately, I couldn't see him in the spray and I made contact and flew over the back of his car. ”


louis Delétraz  
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