F2 Sprint Race review: Le Castellet 2018


24 June 2018
It's nice to be the form team in the F2 championship at the moment

“It's nice to be the form team in the F2 championship at the moment”


Team principal, Bob Vavrik  

Charouz Racing System completed a successful weekend of FIA Formula 2 Championship racing in France today (24 June) as it added impressive P2 and P4 finishes in the Sprint Race to the P4 and P6 results it scored during yesterday’s dramatic Feature Race.

Louis Delétraz’s P2 success in the 21-lap Sprint encounter at Circuit Paul Ricard gave the Czech team its third podium finish in as many races, while team-mate Antonio’s Fuoco’s battling P4 performance in the same race moved the rookie team into P5 (out of 10 teams) in the F2 teams’ championship.

Fresh from its memorable one-two finish at the Monaco Grand Prix event last month, Charouz was immediately on the leading pace at this weekend’s F2 round in Southern France.

Saturday’s 30-lap Feature Race returned an impressive pair of results for the Ferrari Driver Academy-affiliated squad as Antonio battled back from P17 (the legacy of having to serve a stop-go penalty) to finish P4, while Louis was equally determined in the damp track conditions as he fought his way to P6.

Those results meant Louis started today’s shorter Sprint Race from P3 on the grid, while Antonio went from P5 on the dry, 5.84km track.

With no mandatory pit stop required, the race was a flat-out dash to the finish. ADS Securities-supported Louis immediately darted into P2 at the first corner before then using his strong pace to move into the lead of the race with a neat move on Nicholas Latifi entering the Mistral Chicane.

The Swiss driver then set about pulling away from the chasing pack. His efforts were successful until he lost time as he bid to preserve his medium compound tyres. That allowed Nyck de Vries to close the gap and the Dutchman squeezed into the lead with eight laps remaining.

With P2 in his grasp, Louis drove the remainder of the race without taking any risks and he crossed the line ahead of Luca Ghiotto to secure his second P2 finish in as many events.

For Antonio, the Sprint Race provided an opportunity to show his skills at defending and attacking. First, he got the better of Sergio Sette-Camara in a fierce battle to protect his P5 position, before he then pushed hard to catch and pass Latifi for P4 – a position he held until the end of the race.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “It’s been another fantastic F2 weekend for our rookie team. We’re the team that’s scored the most points during the last two events in Monaco and France and we’ve moved up to P5 in the teams’ standings – just one point behind P4. That’s a magnificent feeling and we’re extremely proud of the progress we’re making.”

Team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “A P2 and a P4 was a great way to follow up our positive performance in yesterday’s Feature Race. Louis and Antonio both drove very well this weekend and it’s good to see them continue to score points. It’s nice to be the form team in the F2 championship at the moment with 83 points in the last two rounds. We are currently experiencing a feeling that you only get when you push very hard. That’s something we need to continue.”

Louis Delétraz said: “It would have been nice to have a win in the Sprint Race but P2 is still a fantastic result and I’m thrilled to take back-to-back podiums. I’m the driver that’s scored the most points during the last two events and that’s a massive confidence boost. There are still some weaknesses that we need to improve but the feeling is good right now.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “The results from this weekend were generally quite positive and it was good to score points in both races. I think my pace today was okay but not really strong. Compared to the other cars we seem to be missing a bit of speed on the straights. That’s something we need to understand.”

It's nice to be the form team in the F2 championship at the moment

“It's nice to be the form team in the F2 championship at the moment”


Team principal, Bob Vavrik  
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