Pietro Fantin captured valuable points in the opening race of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.
Draco Racing enjoyed a positive day at Motorland Aragón as the team captured valuable points in the opening race of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Pietro Fantin was able to deliver a spectacular comeback: after having to settle for the 10th place on the grid in qualifying, the Brazilian moved up to the 6th position by the end of the day and collected 8 points.
Fellow countryman Bruno Bonifacio was also a big mover, climbing back from the 9th row to an 11th place finish. He also ended up as the fourth best rookie. After performing in solid fashion with the low-downforce aerodynamics mandated for Race 1, the Draco Racing drivers will be back in the hunt tomorrow with the high-downforce package.
Pietro Fantin (#19) Qualy 1: P10 1’42”149. Race: P6 + 20”368
“Bringing home some points is definitely positive. We know we still have some work to do in low-downforce trim, but we did well and also collected a positive feedback for Spa-Francorchamps. In qualifying, I suffered from a bit of understeer, while with the full load of fuel it went to oversteer during the race. Anyway, the car was reasonably consistent. My best laptime of the day, 1'45"143 is not bad, but I think we'll be more competitive with the high-downforce package”.
Bruno Bonifacio (#20) Qualy 1: P18 1’42”895. Race: P11 + 54”508
“I managed to get to the end of my first Formula Renault 3.5 race by fighting hard and recovering positions. A few years ago I was watching Roberto Merhi on the TV, and battling with him in person was very exciting. Generally speaking, we continue to make small steps in the right direction, and I'm very happy for that”.