F2 Feature Race review: Silverstone, UK 2018


07 July 2018
I was quicker and better on the brakes just before the chicane and I went past. It was a timely move.

“I was quicker and better on the brakes just before the chicane and I went past. It was a timely move.”


Louis Delétraz  

Antonio Fuoco gave Charouz Racing System its sixth FIA Formula 2 Championship podium of the season this afternoon as he finished P3 in the Feature Race at Silverstone in the UK.

Team-mate Louis Delétraz also had a successful first race at the home of the British Grand Prix as he came out on top during a thrilling three-way battle for P4 in his ADS Securities-supported car.

Both men got the seventh round of the 2018 series off to a positive start on Friday afternoon as they overcame track temperatures of 52°c to qualify strongly. Antonio went third fastest while Louis joined him on the second row of the grid in P4.

With blue skies and sunshine aplenty, temperatures rocketed once again for Saturday’s 29-lap Feature Race. Both drivers started on soft option Pirelli tyres and that meant the extreme track conditions would require them to complete their mandatory pit stop early.

They held position during the opening laps of the race, but Antonio swapped to hard rubber as soon as the pit lane opened on lap 6. Louis did the same once he had completed another tour of the 5.81km Silverstone circuit.

A pair of slick pit stops allowed Antonio and Louis to re-join in P8 and P9 respectively and their impressive pace on the prime hard tyre helped them take advantage when the remaining drivers on the soft-hard tyre strategy pitted.

By mid-distance, and after a pair of VSC periods, Antonio and Louis were nicely positioned in P5 and P6. When Makino and Boschung – the two remaining drivers on the alternative hard-soft tyre strategy – pitted, Antonio moved up to P3.

Louis meanwhile, was embroiled in an exciting three-way battle for P4 as the race entered its final phase. Although he lost the place to Ghiotto with 5 laps remaining, he tried to strike back immediately. But with Markelov also looming large in his mirrors, Louis needed to attack and defend confidently.

Setting the fastest lap of his race on lap 26 enabled him to close on his Italian rival and he coolly nipped past at Turn 14 (Stowe Corner) on the final lap to take P4 and 12 championship points.

Antonio’s confident Feature Race performance was rewarded with P3 at the chequered flag – his fourth podium finish of the season – and another 15 championship points.

Saturday’s Feature Race success has moved Antonio up to P5 in the drivers’ championship, while Louis has also jumped a place to P9.

Scoring a combined 27 points has also enabled Charouz Racing System to strengthen its grip on P3 in the teams’ championship.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said:We’re happy to stretch our point-scoring record to nine consecutive F2 races with another strong performance today. Antonio and Louis drove very well and our race management was good in all departments. It’s been a good first day at Silverstone – but we want to work hard to add to our success tomorrow as well.”    

Team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “I think our soft-hard tyre strategy was the right one and some great pit stops and traffic management in a busy pit lane really helped us to hold our position on track. I’m happy about that. It’s great to score another 27 points and our P5 and P6 grid positions for tomorrow’s Sprint Race will hopefully give us another good opportunity.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “I think it was quite a good race. I was maybe saving my tyres a bit too much until the middle of the race but then when I pushed again my pace was good at the end. I think tomorrow I can afford not to think about the tyres too much and can push in the Sprint Race.”

Louis Delétraz said: “I’m happy for the team to get a P3 and a P4. The circumstances of the race didn’t really help because I seemed to be losing a lot of time with the VSC. That put me behind Ghiotto. He was defending hard on the final lap – sometimes maybe too hard. But I was quicker and better on the brakes just before the chicane and I went past. It was a timely move.”

I was quicker and better on the brakes just before the chicane and I went past. It was a timely move.

“I was quicker and better on the brakes just before the chicane and I went past. It was a timely move.”


Louis Delétraz  
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