British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Will Bratt saw his hopes of a maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship podium finish dashed on the opening lap of the third round of 2010 at Marrakech Street Circuit today, Saturday, 1st May, after being ...
British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Will Bratt saw his hopes of a maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship podium finish dashed on the opening lap of the third round of 2010 at Marrakech Street Circuit today, Saturday, 1st May, after being shunted out of the first race of the weekend.
Producing by far his most competitive performance of the campaign to date during qualifying on Friday afternoon, the Banbury racer posted the fourth quickest time to secure a place on the second row of the grid.
Disappointingly, his fastest lap was later removed from the timing sheets when it was deemed the chequered flag was displayed too late at the end of the session -- thus meaning Will's final lap was null and void through no fault of his own.
Lining up seventh on the grid for today's race, the 22-year-old made a good start and as Jack Clarke and Nicola De Marco made contact ahead into the first chicane Will looked set to gain places. Into the fourth turn though, Benjamin Bailly made an over-ambitious move to try and pass Will and as he out-braked himself he clattered into the Euroseries 3000 Champion, ruling him out on the spot.
"It's unfortunate to end the race that way on the first lap and I am pretty upset but that's racing", said a phlegmatic Will, "(Benjamin) Bailly out-braked himself into turn four and there was nothing I could do, it's really disappointing but hopefully tomorrow will be a much better race for us. We've shown in qualifying we have good pace this weekend. "
Bouncing back strongly from the disappointment, Will delivered another excellent qualifying performance during this evening's round four session to secure a place on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's second encounter. Producing a best time of 1m31.013 seconds (179.77km/h) to go fourth fastest, he missed out on a front row starting position by just three 10ths of a second.
Round four of the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at 12.05 tomorrow, Sunday, 2nd May, at the Marrakech street circuit and the event will be screened live in the UK on digital satellite and cable channel British Eurosport.
Although he was unable to score championship points today due to his enforced lap one retirement, Will still remains fifth in the driver standings.