DELIGHTED BRATT TAKES MAIDEN F2 PODIUM IN MARRAKECH Marrakech Street Circuit proved to be a happy hunting ground for Will Bratt today, Sunday, 2nd May, when a fantastically competitive drive resulted in his first FIA Formula 2 Championship...
DELIGHTED BRATT TAKES MAIDEN F2 PODIUM IN MARRAKECH
Marrakech Street Circuit proved to be a happy hunting ground for Will Bratt today, Sunday, 2nd May, when a fantastically competitive drive resulted in his first FIA Formula 2 Championship podium and a move up the driver standings into the series top four.
Putting the disappointment of an enforced lap one retirement in Saturday's race firmly behind him, the 22-year-old produced an assured performance around the 2.82-mile Moroccan circuit during this afternoon's 17 lap encounter to take a well deserved third place finish.
Lining up fourth on the grid for round four, Banbury-based Will made a good start and held position on the first lap before the race came under Safety Car conditions early on following a huge accident involving Ricardo Teixeria and Ivan Samarin.
Due to the nature of the tight street circuit, recovery of the stricken cars took until lap seven but at the re-start Will remained in fourth place. As he pressed on to challenge the top three though, he ran slightly wide at the back chicane allowing Kazim Vasiliauskas to get ahead.
Four laps later Will hit back to pass the Lithuanian for fourth and then, as he hunted down the top three again, he benefitted from the retirement of Johan Jokinen on lap 13 -- the Danish driver making contact with the wall -- to move into third place where he remained to the chequered flag.
Making a big step forward this weekend, only his second in Formula 2, Will delivered superb pace in both qualifying and race trim. His best lap in round four of 1m31.322 seconds was the third fastest of all and four 10ths of a second better than the quickest managed by race winner, and championship leader, Philipp Eng.
"Today was good, I'm really pleased to be on the podium and we've definitely shown some good pace this weekend", commented Will, "I ran over a kerb at one of the chicanes early on which allowed Kazim (Vasiliauskas) to get by me but I was able to hit back a couple of laps later and then (Johan) Jokinen went into the wall so we moved into third.
"Our pace was as good as the top two guys, so I'm pleased about that, and it's nice to bag some good championship points, especially after the disappointment of being taken out yesterday. We've had a good weekend as a whole, it's a good track and although there were some crazy incidents I've really enjoyed it."
Monza in Italy, the scene of Will's Euroseries 3000 title victory last October, hosts the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship three weeks from now, 22nd/23rd May.