F2 Sprint Race review: Barcelona 2018


13 May 2018
It's positive to get points but I struggled for pace again today and I was especially losing a lot in the final sector which is tight and twisty.

“It's positive to get points but I struggled for pace again today and I was especially losing a lot in the final sector which is tight and twisty.”


Antonio Fuoco  

Charouz Racing System ended the third round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship positively today as Antonio Fuoco completed the Sprint Race in P7 and earned two championship points.

The Italian’s battling performance in the second of the weekend’s races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya guaranteed his third point-scoring finish in four races and increased his tally of championship points to 20.

Team-mate Louis Delétraz also performed well during the second race in Spain as he fought his way through the field from his P20 starting position to finish P10. The Swiss driver was only 0.6sec away from securing his first point of the season as he took the chequered flag.

Starting from P10 after a point-scoring finish during Saturday’s Feature Race, Antonio made up three places on the opening lap of the 4.65km circuit. He then tried to settle in to a comfortable rhythm and looked to progress up the leaderboard.

Although three Virtual Safety Car (VSC) periods and one Safety Car period interrupted the flow of the race, Antonio tried hard to catch Sean Gelael for P6 but a lack of pace in the final sector held him back and he had to be content with a place just 1.13sec behind his Indonesian rival.

Having suffered a disappointing retirement from the Feature Race, Louis was determined to show his strong pace during the 26-lap Sprint encounter.

He also started positively, making up four places on the opening lap, before steadily carving his way through the pack in his ADS Securities-supported car. The 21-year-old was on the fringes of the top-ten with seven laps remaining.

A neat Turn One pass on Roberto Mehri lifted Louis into P12, before a Ralph Boschung puncture and a slick pass on Santino Ferrucci earned Louis a welcome P10 finish.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “If someone had offered us P7 and P10 finishes yesterday, we would have taken that. It hasn’t been the easiest weekend for us in Spain. Yes, we’re pleased to keep scoring points but we know our performance can be better and that’s what we’ll focus on.”

Team principal, Bob Vavrik said: “The weekend doesn’t look too bad because we have scored points. But we always want more. We’re not in F2 to fill the gap. We’re here to win the championship like the rest of the teams. F2 is a sport where you have to keep pushing and we’ll be looking for an improvement in Monaco.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “It’s positive to get points but I struggled for pace again today and I was especially losing a lot in the final sector which is tight and twisty. We were too slow compared to the others and I think we were pretty fortunate to finish in P7. We have to analyse all the data to see why the pace wasn’t as we wanted it to be.”

Louis Delétraz said: “It was a good race with no mistakes for me today but you can’t really expect anything when you’re starting from P20. I did all I could and it was satisfying to show we can be quick when things aren’t out of our control. But it’s frustrating I didn’t give the team any points.”

It's positive to get points but I struggled for pace again today and I was especially losing a lot in the final sector which is tight and twisty.

“It's positive to get points but I struggled for pace again today and I was especially losing a lot in the final sector which is tight and twisty.”


Antonio Fuoco  
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