- Round 6 Round-Up From Silverstone
- Antonio's Qualifying Woes
- The Feature Race 1 Finishes With Antonio In P16
- Sprint Race Results For Antonio Ends In P13
As predicted, Silverstone’s unsettled weather conditions gave all of the teams across the Formula 2 Paddock a series of challenges both on and off the track. Circuit crosswinds picked up and darker shades of grey clouds loomed over Silverstone, which only added to the disappointment for Antonio Fuoco who finished in positions 16th and 13th in a discouraging race weekend.
The speedy young Ferrari Development Academy driver came into Round 6 of the Formula 2 season on a high after his stunning first podium in the series a week ago. It was a race weekend that reignited his challenge for the title and hoped that Silverstone would be another circuit to gain more championship points.
However, after a difficult qualifying session, which would see Antonio Fuoco start from the back of the grid with an already steep mountain to climb, it meant that he would have it all do to reach the podium again. His spirits wouldn’t be dampened, even by the overcast British weather, as we know Antonio fights until the end, no matter what.
Race build-up would kick-off, just after the intense Formula 1 Qualifying session on a ‘green track’ that had ample rubber already laid down to deliver the best start from the grid in the afternoon.
It was LIGHTS OUT after a busy grid with teams and sponsors all excited by the grid walk, with various battles at the front of the grid taking place and Antonio came through the demanding first few corners unscathed.
Although overcast, track temperatures were still at a comfortable 28c meaning a dry race despite warnings that rain was on the way again. Again tyre management would be key to try and boost Antonio’s chances of getting into the top 10 and into the points.
It was all action at the front of the grid, whilst the top 6 were all jostling for positions. On-track battles were rife in the closing stages of the British GP feature race whilst the podium sitters would establish themselves at the front.
Otherwise, through the middle of the pack and at the back, a dormant race was apparent, with Antonio Fuoco gladly seeing the chequered flag wave down at the end of 29 thrilling laps in P16 – not the race that he had hope for.
As the learning curve continues, Antonio would gather with his Prema Team engineer and analyse what had happened throughout the race and come back stronger in the sprint race on day 2.
With a reverse grid set out for day two’s 21 lap sprint race in the Formula 2 British GP, Antonio would start a few places higher than he had finished in the feature race, the day before and hoping to push on to score points for his championship.
Race anticipation was at its highest as the strong grid all lined up and waited for the lights to go out. Moments later, the teams were off! Antonio zoomed off the line and navigated his way through the first few corners with no early drama.
The colder and slightly damp track conditions again tested the speedy young Italian’s driving skills throughout the 5.189km Silverstone Circuit as he battled his way through the sprint race. Luckily for Antonio, there were no race incidents for him, so he was able to keep pushing, giving his maximum effort until the end of the race.
After a pit-stop was made, Antonio had slipped down the order with it all to race for with the 12 remaining laps. Then, in the closing stages of the race, a Safety Car was deployed due to a heavy impact crash involving Alexander Albon. Once the green light was given, Antonio jumped 3 positions to finally bring his disappointing race weekend to an end at Silverstone in thirteenth place.
There’s a short break between Round’s 6 and 7 before Antonio will suit back up and take on the challenge that waits at the Hungaroring for the Formula 2 Hungarian GP. All of the action kicks off on July 28th – 30th.