CHAMPIONSHIP BLOW FOR BRATT WITH PORTIMAO DRIVESHAFT FAILURE Will Bratt's FIA Formula 2 Championship hopes were dealt a highly unfortunate blow at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon, Saturday, 3rd July, when his participation in the first of...
CHAMPIONSHIP BLOW FOR BRATT WITH PORTIMAO DRIVESHAFT FAILURE
Will Bratt's FIA Formula 2 Championship hopes were dealt a highly unfortunate blow at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon, Saturday, 3rd July, when his participation in the first of the weekend's two races was compromised due to a driveshaft failure.
Expected to line-up on the fourth row of the grid for the ninth round of the year at the Aut0x00f3dromo Internacional do Algarve, the Banbury driver was forced to pit with the problem at the end of the formation lap leaving him an absolute mountain to climb when he rejoined the track six laps down.
Maintaining excellent composure Will proved what might have been possible without the driveshaft breakage as he posted the third fastest lap time of any driver -- 1m38.113 seconds. With the chance to score points taken away due to the mechanical failure, the 22-year-old now heads into Sunday's action fifth in the championship standings.
"We've just got to aim for the best result we possibly can tomorrow, it'll be important to try and get inside the top three or four in qualifying to have the best chance of scoring big points", said Will, "It was so disappointing to have the driveshaft failure on the formation lap, the mechanics did a good job to get me back out on track but we lost six laps so the race was over before it started.
"It was good to post the third fastest lap, especially as we had more fuel onboard than the others at the time due to all of the laps we'd lost. I was pleased with the pace and it shows what might have been had the race gone as planned. It's certainly not the start we wanted here in Portugal, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day."
Starting his weekend off well during the two free practice sessions on Friday, 2nd July, Will was seventh quickest during the morning before improving to fifth fastest, and within 0.189 seconds of the pace, in the afternoon.
During round nine qualifying just seven 10ths of a second covered the top 10 drivers. Will concluded the session with the seventh fastest time, 1m36.172 seconds (174.17km/h), to lap within four 10ths of a second of pole position -- underlining the competitiveness of Formula 2 this season.
Qualifying for the 10th round of the F2 season is timetabled to get underway at 09.00 (local time) tomorrow, Sunday, 4th July, with the race itself beginning at 13.15. Streaming of the live action will be carried at www.formulatwo.com with as-live television coverage set to be screened in the UK at 18.00 on cable and digital satellite channel British Eurosport.
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