F2 Sprint Race review: Monza 2018


02 September 2018
I think we were losing too much speed on the straights and that's something we need to address before Sochi.

“I think we were losing too much speed on the straights and that's something we need to address before Sochi.”


Team principal, Bob Vavrik  

Charouz Racing System completed the tenth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monza in Italy strongly today as Antonio Fuoco converted his P20 grid slot into a P10 finish and team-mate Louis Delétraz put in a determined drive to complete just behind in P11.

The Czech team was keen to respond positively after a disappointing turn of events during Saturday’s Feature Race placed its cars down the grid for today’s 21-lap race on the ultra-fast Monza track.

Ferrari Driver Academy pilot Antonio was keen to make amends after he was disqualified from P8 in the Feature Race late on Saturday night for having a non-compliant throttle map on his car during the race.

Louis meanwhile, was denied the opportunity to score the result his pace deserved on Saturday after he was pushed into the gravel on the outside of Turn 5 by a rival. That meant he lined up in P13 on the grid for the Sprint Race.

Eager to restore some pride during today’s Sprint Race, both men impressed as they showed similar pace to that which they’d enjoyed a day earlier.

Antonio had made up five places by the end of the fourth lap and his march towards the top places was complete when he passed Roy Nissany for P10 with three laps remaining.

Despite complaining about a lack of straight line speed, ADSS-supported Louis put in a dogged performance as he squeezed past Alex Albon and Alessio Lorandi to seal P11.

Despite missing its target of point-scoring finishes at Monza, Charouz Racing System remain P5 in the F2 teams’ championship, while Antonio stays P7 in the drivers’ points. Louis jointly occupies P10 in the same table with two events remaining in Russia and Abu Dhabi.

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “This weekend hasn’t returned the results we wanted. But we showed a great fighting spirit and we’re still well placed in both championships with two events still to complete. We’re looking for a strong finish to our season.”

Team manager, Bob Vavrik, said: “It’s been a tough weekend and the results were pretty disappointing. I think we were losing too much speed on the straights and that’s something we need to address before Sochi. I was pleased that both drivers were quite happy with the car apart from that so we’re close to where we want to be.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “Our mistake yesterday meant I was out of the running today. When you start last, it’s quite impossible to come back and finish high. I think P10 was the best I could achieve – I couldn’t do much more. I was quite happy with the car today but it was definitely missing some speed on the straights.”

Louis Delétraz said: “My weekend was ruined when I was pushed into the gravel yesterday. That put me down the grid for today’s race and, with a lack of top speed as well, that made it even harder to push into the points. Even with these troubles, my pace was generally good but I’m disappointed I couldn’t use it to move forward and score the results I think we deserved.”

I think we were losing too much speed on the straights and that's something we need to address before Sochi.

“I think we were losing too much speed on the straights and that's something we need to address before Sochi.”


Team principal, Bob Vavrik  
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