Will Bratt produced one of the strongest drives of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season so far at Monza this morning, Saturday, 22nd May, during the fifth round of the campaign -- the highly rated Briton missing out on the podium by just 0.7 ...
Will Bratt produced one of the strongest drives of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season so far at Monza this morning, Saturday, 22nd May, during the fifth round of the campaign -- the highly rated Briton missing out on the podium by just 0.7 seconds after a sterling drive from 10th on the grid.
Running inside the top 10 as part of a five car train during the opening laps at the 3.6-mile Italian circuit, the Banbury-based driver remained tight to the tail of championship leader Philipp Eng until lap seven when he got ahead of the Austrian out of the last corner, Parabolica, for eighth place.
Showing great awareness only a few hundred yards later, Will avoided contact ahead between Jack Clarke and Mihai Marinescu on the start/finish straight -- an incident which necessitated the use of the Safety Car . Coupled with Johan Jokinen having to serve a drive-through penalty for a start-line infringement, Will surged into the top five.
At the re-start on lap 11, the 22-year-old passed Ricardo Teixeira into the Variante della Roggia chicane and although running wide over the kerbs on the exit, Will maintained position. He then posted a series of quick laps as he pulled clear of his pursuers and started to close the gap to third placed Kazim Vasiliauskas.
Eating into the Lithuanian's three second advantage during the final nine laps, Will finished the first race of the weekend just seven 10ths of a second shy of the podium -- a fantastic effort and a true indication of his rostrum potential ahead of tomorrow's sixth round.
"That was a really good race, I managed to pass plenty of cars and to come through from 10th on the grid to within touching distance of the podium was great", said the reigning Euroseries 3000 Champion, "It's a shame we couldn't quite take the podium as I was right on the tail of (Kazim) Vasiliauskas at the end but I'm still very pleased with the result and performance."
During this afternoon's qualifying session for round six, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star produced a best time of 1m40.258 seconds (208.01km/h) to secure third on the grid for Sunday's race, just three 10ths of a second shy of pole position. Undoubtedly, Will has his eyes set on his second podium of the season tomorrow.
He added: "Today's qualifying session was much better than Friday's, the tow wasn't an issue for us this time but I didn't get the two Lesmos right and that meant the difference from potentially taking pole and being third. We can definitely fight for the win from there though, that's the aim."