STRONG ZOLDER DRIVE LIFTS BRATT BACK INTO SERIES TOP FOUR Will Bratt moved back into the top four of the FIA Formula 2 Championship standings at Zolder in Belgium on Sunday, 20th June, after taking a hard-fought fifth place finish during the ...
STRONG ZOLDER DRIVE LIFTS BRATT BACK INTO SERIES TOP FOUR
Will Bratt moved back into the top four of the FIA Formula 2 Championship standings at Zolder in Belgium on Sunday, 20th June, after taking a hard-fought fifth place finish during the eighth round of the season.
During qualifying, the 22-year-old from Banbury posted the fourth quickest time -- just 0.151 seconds shy of pole position -- and aimed to put the disappointment of an enforced retirement in Saturday's seventh round firmly behind him.
Holding fourth place off the line Will remained in close contact with Jack Clarke and Jolyon Palmer but on lap six, Clarke's robust defence of Will's attempts to overtake unfortunately slowed him up and gave Dean Stoneman the opportunity to slip past. From that point on, with the top five drivers exchanging fastest lap times, another overtaking chance looked increasingly unlikely.
In terms of lap times, there was absolutely nothing between the front-runners with Will's best of 1m24.189 seconds just a 10th of a second outside Sergei Afanasiev's quickest lap of all. With the top five so evenly matched, passing was at a premium and so it proved.
Tight behind Clarke during the closing stages but never in a position to make a decisive move, Will ended the race in fifth just 0.6 seconds behind his fellow Briton but over five seconds clear of round seven nemesis Mihai Marinescu.
"Overall it's been a mixed weekend", said the Oxon racer, "First qualifying didn't go as I'd hoped on Saturday and then the outcome of the opening race was very disappointing. We hit back well in second qualifying though, our pace was good and we were only a 10th of a second away from pole.
"In the race, if I had been able to get past (Jack) Clarke then I think we could have been on for the podium but (Dean) Stoneman took advantage of me being a bit held up and that was it, fifth was as much as we could hope for. I definitely wanted more from this weekend but we're back into the championship top four so that's positive."
There is just a fortnight to wait until the next event on the FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar, rounds nine and 10, which will take place at the 2008-constructed Aut0x00f3dromo Internacional do Algarve in Portim0x00e3o, Portugal on 3rd/4th July.