F2 Feature Race review: Monza 2018


02 September 2018
It was a simple mistake from the team and it's one we have to make sure we learn from.

“It was a simple mistake from the team and it's one we have to make sure we learn from. ”


Antonio Fuoco  

Charouz Racing System earned a P13 finish from the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race at Monza in Italy on Saturday, thanks to a resolute performance from Louis Delétraz.

The ADSS-supported driver qualified in P10 but suffered early drama as the 30-lap race got underway beneath overcast skies.

As cars jostled for position on the second lap, Louis was pushed into the gravel on the outside of Turn Five. It was an outcome that ruined the performance of his supersoft tyres for the remainder of his pre-pit stop stint and he dropped to P18.

With new medium compound rubber fitted to his car on lap 7, Louis was back in the race and he set about moving up the order. With the point-scoring places set as his target, the Swiss driver posted a number of consistently fast lap times as he made impressive progress.

Neat passes on Jack Aitken and Nirei Fukuzumi helped the 21-year-old to edge closer to his top-ten goal, but he ultimately ran out of laps and had to settle for P13 at the finish.

Team-mate Antonio Fuoco also drove confidently as he completed the race in P8. However, the Italian was handed a post-race penalty late on Saturday night for having a non-compliant throttle map on his car during the race. He was therefore removed from the results.

Saturday’s Feature Race results mean Louis will start Sunday’s 21-lap Sprint Race from P13 on the grid, while Antonio will line up in P20.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “Of course, we’re disappointed to lose Antonio’s points and reverse grid pole for the Sprint Race, but the officials’ decision is the right one and we accept the penalty. We hope we can use the good pace we showed during the Feature Race to finish strongly on Sunday.”

Team manager, Bob Vavrik, said: “The technical non-conformity was an unfortunate mistake that we made as a team and we are sorry for that. The positive from the race was that Louis’ pace was strong on the medium tyre and that could be good if we replicate that in the Sprint Race.”

Louis Delétraz said: “My race was ruined when I was pushed into the gravel. That wrecked my supersoft tyres and I lost around 30 seconds until my pit stop for medium rubber. I had fantastic pace after that – but it was impossible to catch up the time. It’s an annoying situation because my race was ended through no fault of my own. I’m hoping the Sprint Race will be better and that I can influence my own result.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “It’s disappointing to pick up a post-race penalty like this, particularly as it means we lose points and pole for the Sprint. It was a simple mistake from the team and it’s one we have to make sure we learn from. I will try to do my best from the back of the grid on Sunday.”

It was a simple mistake from the team and it's one we have to make sure we learn from.

“It was a simple mistake from the team and it's one we have to make sure we learn from. ”


Antonio Fuoco  
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