OSCHERSLEBEN VISIT KICKS OFF FINAL PART OF FORMULA 2 SEASON Five weeks since the previous two rounds of FIA Formula 2 Championship action, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany provides the venue for the penultimate event of the year next ...
OSCHERSLEBEN VISIT KICKS OFF FINAL PART OF FORMULA 2 SEASON
Five weeks since the previous two rounds of FIA Formula 2 Championship action, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany provides the venue for the penultimate event of the year next weekend, 4th/5th September, a track posing a brand new challenge for Banbury's Will Bratt.
Having never previously visited the 2.3-mile circuit, which is situated close to the city of Magdeburg, the 22-year-old championship front-runner knows two trouble-free practice sessions and a clear run in qualifying will be crucial to get the weekend off on the right footing.
Currently lying in fourth position in the F2 driver standings, Will is locked in a very tight battle for third in the championship with experienced Austrian racer Philipp Eng. Heading into the 15th and 16th rounds of the 18-race season, just 10 points separate both drivers and they also have Russian driver Sergei Afanasiev and Belgian Benjamin Bailly within striking distance.
"I'm looking forward to getting to grips with the Oscherleben track as it's a new circuit for me and will be quite a challenge", said Will, "We've also had some time during the break from the last race to re-look at the brake pedal position in the car which has been a problem for me because of my height. This has been changed now though so should be better for the last two events of the year."
So far this season Will has delivered a series of typically strong race performances with pace as good as anyone on the majority of occasions. Qualifying has unfortunately been the sticking point for the 2009 Euroseries 3000 Champion but he's hoping to turn that around next weekend.
With three podiums to his credit, half a dozen top six finishes and two other top 10 results, Will has consistently been at the sharp end throughout his maiden season of F2 racing but he's still striving for that elusive first victory in the FIA-sanctioned championship.
He added: "The goal is the same as always, to win races. I therefore want to go into the weekend aiming to perfect my own performance and the results should follow. We've been denied a few wins this season so it would be great to set the record straight and walk away from the year as the strongest driver over the last few races on the calendar."
Will's first experience of the Oschersleben track will come during pre-event practice on Friday, 3rd September, with qualifying for round 15 getting underway at 16.15 (local time). The opening race of the weekend will commence at 11.45 on Saturday, 4th September, with qualifying for round 16 taking place at 16.45. Race two is then scheduled for Sunday, 5th September, at 14.00.
The official F2 website www.formulatwo.com will carry live streaming of the weekend's action with digital satellite and cable broadcaster British Eurosport expected to screen the racing live in the UK.
2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship Driver Standings (after Rd14): 1st Jolyon Palmer, 221pts; 4th Will Bratt, 112pts