BRATT CONSOLIDATES FOURTH IN STANDINGS ON BRNO DEBUT
British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Will Bratt consolidated his top four placing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship standings at Brno in the Czech Republic this afternoon, Saturday, 31st July, after racing to a competitive eighth place finish on his circuit debut.
In a largely uneventful 20-lap outing, the Banbury 22-year-old did produce a great opening lap from the fifth row of the grid to gain two positions at the expense of Ricardo Teixeira and Tom Gladdis but from that point on remained in eighth place.
Never more than a few 10ths of a second behind Kelvin Snoeks for the duration of the race, and with Gladdis snapping at his heels until he had a spin four laps from the finish, Will didn't have the chance to carve open a passing attempt. Running tight to Snoeks' rear wing lap after lap, the pair concluded the encounter separated by just 0.6 seconds.
Preparing solidly for his first ever action at Brno during Friday's practice sessions, particularly the wet morning run where he was fourth quickest, Will did have problems with serious oversteer during round 13 qualifying and this limited him to the 10th fastest time.
Determined to make headway in the race to try and get on terms with his main championship rivals, Will's pace certainly improved but he was still losing time -- especially on the straights. As a result of this, the gearbox on his Williams JPH1B is being changed overnight.
"We had a lot of oversteer in qualifying so we made quite a few drastic changes to try and eliminate that but we never really got on top of things", said Will, "In the race we had better pace but I got stuck behind (Kelvin) Snoeks and never had a chance to try and pass. Eighth obviously isn't the sort of result we wanted today but it's a points finish and that's the important thing.
"We're changing the gearbox before tomorrow as the pinion is apparently wearing which is probably why we're losing time on the straights -- we've definitely been losing straight-line speed today. I think we'll make a couple of changes to the handling too which will hopefully mean we'll be closer to the front. As long as the track doesn't change drastically overnight, I think we'll be ok tomorrow."
Qualifying for the 14th round of the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at 08.55 (local time) tomorrow, Sunday, 1st August, with the race itself scheduled to start at 15.50. Live streaming of the action will be carried at www.formulatwo.com while as-live coverage of the race in the UK will be screened on digital satellite and cable channel British Eurosport 2 from 16.30 BST.