It has been a long break in Formula 2 since Antonio proudly stood on top of the podium in his home race, Monza with the Italian national anthem sounding out over Tifosi at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The momentum is surely with Prema Racing Team going into the penultimate race weekend at the Circuito De Jerez.
The Circuito de Jerez is well known to Antonio and the Prema Racing Team and this weekend could still prove a challenge for both the engineers and drivers as they try and perfect a race-winning weekend.
The nature of the circuit tests the drivers to their limits and is seen as an ideal training ground for the future stars of motorsport and the next step-up to Formula 1. With this in mind, Antonio and the Prema Racing Team will be pushing hard to secure a podium finish and could even bag the driver and team championships with just the Abu Dhabi GP to go.
F2 Jerez GP in numbers.
Track info: Circuit de Jerez
Dates: 6th – 8th October
Lap Length: 4.428km
Race 1: 30 laps – 172.692 km (7th October)
Race 2: 21 laps – 123.984 km (8th October)
An insight into Round 10
Round 10 approaches fast, despite being a lengthy break in the season. However, Antonio has continued to improve and participated on in-season programmes to keep the driver mentally sharp both on and off the track.
According to drivers, they’ve described the Round 10 circuit, a bit like Hungary being quite narrow with twisty and windy corners that lead on to other corners, which means its important for Antonio to find his rhythm in the tricky sequence sector 1 and 2. However, like most tracks designed for Formula 1, the Circuito de Jerez has grass and gravel on the exits instead of a run-off area.
Temperatures will soar into the 30’s with the weather forecast predicting a hot and dry race weekend, which will help the teams strategists perfect the right strategy to aid Antonio’s challenge for the F2 Jerez GP.