BRATT FIFTH FASTEST DURING OFFICIAL SILVERSTONE TEST British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Will Bratt produced a consistently strong performance during official FIA Formula 2 Championship testing at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit...
BRATT FIFTH FASTEST DURING OFFICIAL SILVERSTONE TEST
British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Will Bratt produced a consistently strong performance during official FIA Formula 2 Championship testing at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit today, Monday, 12th April, to end the outing a highly competitive fifth fastest overall.
Just four days away from the season curtain-raiser at the 3.2-mile Northamptonshire track, Will's debut event in Formula 2, the Banbury racer continued to acclimatise well to his Audi-engined Williams JPH1B and produced a best effort of 1m37.313 seconds with his final lap of the day.
Will, who celebrates his 22nd birthday tomorrow, Tuesday, 13th April, started the test strongly with a top five lap of 1m38.119 seconds in the morning, just four 10ths of a second shy of the head of the times. Running in fourth position as the second session neared its conclusion, he only slipped to fifth during the closing seconds when experienced F2 competitor Jack Clarke nipped ahead.
Over the course of the lunch break, the F2 mechanics identified a problem with the turbo charger on Will's car which was caused by a cracked manifold. Necessitating a replacement, he missed a large chunk of the 90-minute session and was only able to complete a handful of laps.
The final half hour of running, during which the 'overboost' facility was enabled on the cars, went more smoothly for the reigning Party Poker Racing Euroseries 3000 Champion and he was able to record his quickest time of the day on his last lap.
"I'm reasonably happy with the way today has gone, it was unfortunate we had the problem with the cracked manifold but the mechanics did a great job to sort that out for me", said Will, "To be in the top five for the majority of the day was good. Obviously I'd have liked to be quickest, but I'm fairly satisfied with the performance.
"We did have some problems with understeer throughout the morning but by the end of the day we'd managed to pretty much eliminate that. There's still plenty to learn about the F2 car, hopefully we'll make more progress over the weekend and make a strong start to the championship."
Following two 30-minute free practice sessions at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this Friday, 16th April, the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship will get underway on Saturday, 17th April, with the qualifying sessions for rounds one and two.
The first 40-minute race of the weekend is timetabled to take place at 11.35 on Sunday, 18th April, with the second encounter scheduled to follow at 15.35. Television highlights of the weekend's action are expected to be screened in the UK via cable and digital satellite broadcaster British Eurosport -- please check listings for details.
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