BRATT RELISHING ALGARVE RETURN AT HALFWAY POINT OF F2 SEASON FIA Formula 2 Championship front-runner Will Bratt is relishing the category's maiden visit to the Aut0x00f3dromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal next weekend, 3rd/4th July, where...
BRATT RELISHING ALGARVE RETURN AT HALFWAY POINT OF F2 SEASON
FIA Formula 2 Championship front-runner Will Bratt is relishing the category's maiden visit to the Aut0x00f3dromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal next weekend, 3rd/4th July, where he'll be bidding to sign-off the first half of the 2010 season with a return to the podium.
The reigning Euroseries 3000 Champion, who enjoyed rostrum success at the 2.9-mile Portim0x00e3o track last year during his title-winning campaign, is currently fourth in the F2 Championship driver standings with a couple of podium finishes to his credit so far.
Hungry for more silverware, and with a burning desire to achieve his first Formula 2 race victory, the 22-year-old from Banbury, Oxon, is looking forward to his return to southern Portugal and is focused on making inroads to the championship top three.
He commented: "I'm looking forward to going back to Portim0x00e3o, it's quite a testing track for a driver and is obviously a circuit I have experience of so we'll be aiming, as always, to do the best we possibly can. Hopefully we'll be quick from the word go but, if not, we'll work hard to find out why and then improve as much as possible."
At Zolder in Belgium a week ago, Will hoped to put his past experience of the track to good use and although retaining his place in the championship top four, a mixed weekend frustratingly kept him off the podium. Undoubtedly running pace good enough to fight for podiums during last weekend's event, he'll be aiming to replicate the same level of performance in the Algarve.
"Zolder was disappointing overall as we had the pace to take a couple of podiums", added Will, "At this point we're still in a position to fight for the championship though so, in that sense, I'm satisfied with where we are. Having said that, we really need to step it up next weekend and begin taking those consistent podiums."
The first track action at the Aut0x00f3dromo Internacional do Algarve will take place on Friday, 2nd July, with the opening free practice getting underway at 09.35 (local time) and the second session following at 12.15. Round nine qualifying will then begin at 16.10.
On Saturday, 3rd July, the first race of the weekend will commence at 13.05 and will be followed by round 10 qualifying at 16.30. Race two will then take place on Sunday, 4th July, at 13.05. Both of the Portim0x00e3o encounters are expected to be screened live in the UK on digital satellite and cable channel British Eurosport with live streaming of each race available to view at www.formulatwo.com