EUROSERIES 3000 CHAMPION BRATT GETS F2 CAREER UNDERWAY Banbury's Will Bratt made a good start to his FIA Formula 2 Championship career at Snetterton this week during a two-day official test outing, his maiden run at the wheel of the Williams...
EUROSERIES 3000 CHAMPION BRATT GETS F2 CAREER UNDERWAY
Banbury's Will Bratt made a good start to his FIA Formula 2 Championship career at Snetterton this week during a two-day official test outing, his maiden run at the wheel of the Williams JPH1B car he will pilot throughout the 2010 season.
The 21-year-old, who moves into F2 after contesting the recent GP2 Asia Series which formed part of his prize for winning the 2009 Party Poker Racing Euroseries 3000 title, enjoyed his debut outing and is happy with the progress made at the 1.95-mile Norfolk track.
Marking the first official test for the 2010 championship intake, Will produced a consistently strong showing on Tuesday, 6th April, and Wednesday, 7th April, and ended the two days with a best lap of 59.230 seconds -- just seven 10ths of a second shy of the outright pace. On day one, he was second fastest during the last session and on day two, he was second again in the rain-affected final run.
In the top six for the majority of the test, Will's performance was all the more pleasing considering his did most of his running on a single set of tyres. In addition, he chose not to utilise the 'overboost' facility when it became available -- which provides drivers with an additional 55bhp -- during the wet final session on Wednesday but still managed to be second fastest in session.
"I'm pretty happy with our first test in the F2, I enjoyed it and I think we laid some good foundations over the last couple of days which we can build on at Silverstone next week", said the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star.
"Unfortunately we didn't have chance to benefit from our final new tyre run as it started raining just as I got out on track but I'm happy with our pace, especially considering we ran on the same set of tyres for the majority of the test and didn't use the boost when it was available in the last session."
Will added: "F2 is certainly shaping up to be very competitive this year and I'm delighted to be part of such a fantastic championship. Jonathan Palmer and Williams have done a terrific job, the car is great and very enjoyable to drive. To race in F2 this year is absolutely the right decision at this point in my career."
Will's next test outing will come on Monday, 12th April, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit ahead of the first two rounds of the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Northamptonshire venue over the weekend 17th/18th April.
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