- Antonio Fuoco Won The Feature Race in His Home Italian GP
- Antonio Stood on Podium After The Sprint Race
- His First Double Podium Finish of The Season
- Italian Fans Were Incredible With A lot of Support
The buzz and excitement heightened at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the Formula 2 Series, which rolled into the small Italian town for Round 9 of the season. It was an extra special feeling for Antonio Fuoco who stood proud on the podium for both the feature race on Saturday and the sprint race on Sunday.
Fans of motorsport flocked to the most famous circuit in Italy for an exciting race weekend as the 2017 Formula 2 season nears the end. On top of this Scuderia Ferrari were also in town making it a special weekend for Tifosi as they watched the next generation of Formula 1 stars battle on track.
Antonio Fuoco did exceptionally well throughout Qualifying and had placed his car in eighth on the grid, just behind his teammate Charles Le Clerc locking out the fourth row on the grid for the Formula 2 Italian GP feature race.
Before the teams could get underway there was a delay whilst unsettled weather and torrential weather swept across the circuit, which had also affected Formula 1’s Qualifying session too. Once it had blown over, it was time to get the proceedings underway. If Antonio could take anything from the experiences of this season, it would mean much more to storm to victory in his home race weekend.
Antonio Fuoco suited up once again in Prema Team red, white and green and then lined up on the grid ready for the five red lights to go out.
It was lights out! Antonio raced off the line and down to the Variante del Rettifilo alongside his rivals, jostling for positions.
It was an uneventful first stint of the feature race, whilst Antonio lay in wait for the opportunities to come his way. By lap 16, Antonio had powered his way up into sixth and found enough speed to chase down the top five cars.
The Prema Team called for their speedy number 2 car for the first pit-stop, which triggered a series of pit-stops from the top 6 cars. Antonio’s pit-stop was perfect and was able to get back out on track still battling in the top 6 positions.
There was late drama in the remaining 4 laps, as the safety car was needed. It was a short spell that the Safety Car was needed before the action at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza got back underway. Antonio was able to fight his way through the grid in a nervy finish to the Formula 2 Italian GP, which saw him cross the line in second position! It was a fantastic result for Antonio Fuoco in his home race.
However that was not the end. Race winner Ghiotto was handed a 5-second penalty post-race meaning the feature race win was handed to Antonio Fuoco!
After the Prema Team scored an all important podium finish by home driver Antonio Fuoco, they were optimistic of replicating a similar result for the Sprint Race and this time hoping they could reach a valuable one-two finish.
Once again it was time to get the race underway. Antonio Fuoco remained a spectator whilst the sprint race drama was unfolding around him, with a number of overtakes and incidents.
The clever Italian, full of confidence from winning his first race of the season, remained calm and took the fight to the rest of the grid.
There were several rivals exchanging positions at the front, whilst Antonio was flying under the radar. As the laps rolled down, the chequered flag waved down on the Formula 2 weekend with Antonio Fuoco crossing the line in third place to claim yet another podium!
A race win and a podium on day two resulted in a great weekend for the Prema Team and Antonio Fuoco.
Next, the Formula 2 Series heads to the newer location of Circuit Jerez de la Frontera in Spain for the penultimate round of the season. Join us from 6th- 8th October for all of the race action from the Prema Team and Antonio Fuoco in hope of finishing the season strong.