The all-new F2 season is fast approaching! The Bahrain International Circuit is set to lift the lid on the Formula 2 Championship for the inaugural race this weekend, with Antonio Fuoco hoping to fight his way to the podium and get his title challenge off to a flying start with a long season ahead.
Coming out of two positive pre-season test sessions in Barcelona and Bahrain, which gave Antonio valuable insight to understand the behaviours of his F2 car, Antonio makes a step-up from last season’s GP3 action in terms of speeds and handling. Every week since testing, the young Italian has been meeting with the Prema Racing team and his race engineer to analyse car and track data to help with performance going into the season.
Antonio’s preparations continue to ramp up with the latest FDA activities, all including intense & specific training programmes to keep Antonio at the highest level of physicality. He has taken part in team training camps, which have included cycling, gym work, cross-country skiing and high intensity football sessions. To support Antonio’s fitness regime, he has been with Scuderia Ferrari and Prema Racing Team to fine-tune and focus on the circuit layouts on the simulator.
We caught up with Antonio to tell us more about his preparations for the new F2 season:
“It’s really nice to be back in the car for the race weekend, also for the first race of the season too. It will be interesting because this year Qualifying in Bahrain is on Friday night, so it’s a first for me. For the weekend, we need to do our maximum and for sure, we need to work really hard and score the maximum points for the first weekend, and then we will see for the next race and the rest of the season”
All focus will be on the Sakhir International Circuit for this weekend’s opening race of the NEW 2017 F2 season – an exciting prospect! Antonio has worked hard in pre-season with the Prema Racing Team to try and mount a serious challenge on the F2 Championship in his maiden year.
F2 Bahrain GP in numbers.
Track info – Sakhir International Circuit
Lap Length: 5.412km
Race 1: 32 laps - 173.184 km (15th April)
Race 2: 23 laps - 124.476 km (16th April)
An insight to the new F2 season.
This season’s talent won’t go unnoticed up and down the paddock, the strong pairing of Antonio Fuoco and Charles Le Clerc should mean that Prema Racing is the team to beat in this year’s F2 Championship showdown, which runs until November.
The current F2 race calendar has 11 races scheduled starting in Bahrain, with trips that will follow the F1 calendar to the likes of Monaco, Baku, Silverstone, Monza and then ending in Abu Dhabi on November 26th.
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It’s really nice to be back in the car for the race weekend, also for the first race of the season too. It will be interesting because this year Qualifying in Bahrain is on Friday night, so it’s a first for me. For the weekend, we need to do our maximum and for sure, we need to work really hard and score the maximum points for the first weekend, and then we will see for the next race and the rest of the season. Antonio Fuoco