F2 Sprint Race review: Silverstone, UK 2018


08 July 2018
After finishing on the podium yesterday, this is not the way I wanted – or expected – to finish the Sprint Race.

“After finishing on the podium yesterday, this is not the way I wanted – or expected – to finish the Sprint Race.”


Antonio Fuoco  

Charouz Racing System extended its point-scoring run in the FIA Formula 2 Championship to ten consecutive races as Louis Delétraz finished P5 at Silverstone in the UK today.

The Czech team’s results at the seventh round of the 2018 series (6-8 July) also helped it to strengthen its grip on P3 in the Teams’ Championship. Having scored points in every F2 race since the beginning of May, the Charouz squad now leads fourth-placed DAMS Racing by 10 points with five events remaining.

The team’s British Grand Prix weekend got off to a positive start on Friday afternoon as drivers Antonio Fuoco and Louis Delétraz qualified strongly in hot and sticky conditions.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio secured P3 on the grid for Saturday’s Feature Race while ADS Securities-supported Louis joined him on the second row of the grid in P4.

With track temperatures touching 50°c, tyre strategy and management was key to success in the 29-lap Feature encounter. But the team excelled in both areas as Antonio fought his way to P3 – his fourth podium of the season – and Louis impressed as he brought his car home in P4.

Sunday morning’s Sprint Race on the 5.81km Silverstone track was run in slightly cooler track conditions and with both drivers starting from P5 and P6 respectively on the reverse grid, the podium positions were once again the focus.

Although he quickly made up a position, Louis soon realised he couldn’t match the ultimate pace of the leading trio. He therefore set about trying to add another strong haul of points to the 12 that he had secured a day earlier.

He eventually came out on top in a fierce three-way battle for P5 on the final lap as he neatly passed de Vries at Turn 15 to claim the place – and another 6 points.

The Sprint Race wasn’t quite as positive for Antonio. Holding P6, the Italian tangled with a rival as the duo battled for position at Turn 6. The contact forced Antonio off the track just before Turn 7 and his race was over with only a handful of laps left to complete.

Scoring a total of 33 points at Silverstone has not only tightened Charouz Racing System’s grip on P3 in the teams’ standings, but individual success has also allowed Antonio to move up to P5 in the drivers’ points and Louis to leap from P10 to P8 in the same series.

With a run of three back-to-back races in France, Austria and Great Britain now over, the team will return to its Czech base to prepare for the eighth round of the F2 series in Hungary (27-29 July).

Team owner, Antonin Charouz, said:I think we can be happy with 33 points this weekend. It’s a shame Antonio retired in the Sprint Race after such a magnificent podium yesterday but this is the way racing can go sometimes. Louis drove two great races and showed a real attacking spirit in both.”

Team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “Of course, we’re all disappointed we couldn’t get both cars to the finish today. But generally, we scored a lot of points this weekend and that’s a big positive we can take. Silverstone is a track we like and it was a slightly different challenge in the extrema heat. But we managed the situation well and we’ll be trying to take that momentum into the final five race events.”

Louis Delétraz said: “I’m pleased with P4 and P5 finishes and it’s a positive feeling to get back to scoring some good points after the disappointment of Austria. That was always my objective and it was nice to enjoy some good racing at such an amazing track.”

Antonio Fuoco said: “After finishing on the podium yesterday, this is not the way I wanted – or expected – to finish the Sprint Race. It’s a very disappointing situation because I try to score points every time I race. It’s important to put this frustration behind me and focus on getting back inside the top positions in Hungary.”

After finishing on the podium yesterday, this is not the way I wanted – or expected – to finish the Sprint Race.

“After finishing on the podium yesterday, this is not the way I wanted – or expected – to finish the Sprint Race.”


Antonio Fuoco  
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