Louis Delétraz is determined to continue his impressive point-scoring form in the FIA Formula 2 Championship when he returns to action in Hungary this weekend (27-29 July).
The Swiss driver has consistently been one of the fastest drivers in the series, amassing 62 points and earning eighth place in the drivers’ championship with five events remaining.
He travels to the 4.38km Hungaroring with P4 and P5 finishes during the last round of the series at Silverstone fresh in his memory – and he is confident he can use his Charouz Racing System car to add even more points to his tally this weekend.
The ADSS-supported driver said: “I think since Monaco we’ve been fighting for podiums and that’s a fantastic feeling. We had an engine issue in Austria which stopped us from scoring points there, but I’m confident after scoring 18 points at Silverstone earlier this month.
“The focus heading to Hungary is to stay in the positive rhythm and to have the good momentum during all of the races that are left this season.”
With a hectic sequence of three back-to-back events coming to an end after Silverstone, Louis and the rest of the F2 paddock have had three weeks to prepare for Hungary, the eighth round of the 2018 F2 season.
Louis has used his time away from the track efficiently, taking to his team’s F2 simulator while also continuing with his arduous training regime.
“As a driver you wish you were racing every weekend,” he said. “But when you have a break in the calendar, it’s important to keep working hard so you can improve the car and fine-tune other things. I think we’ve used our time since Silverstone well and we are prepared for the races that are ahead.”
Louis will tackle an F2 Feature Race on Saturday and the F2 Sprint Race on Sunday in Hungary. He admits he’s looking forward to returning to a track where he’s had considerable success in the past.
“It’s a track I like a lot and I’ve won there in the Formula Renault 2.0 and also finished on the podium there in Formula V8 3.5,” the 21-year-old explained. “It’s a track that’s pretty twisty and some people say it’s like Monaco because some sections are corner-to-corner – especially just before sector 2.
“The Hungaroring is a track where you need to be very precise and confident. If you miss one of the fast flowing corners, you’re immediately out of sequence and you cannot make a fast lap.”
Louis’ F2 racing weekend kicks off with Friday’s Free Practice session at 12.55, before Qualifying at 16.55. Saturday’s 37-lap Feature Race starts at 15.45, while Sunday’s Sprint Race gets underway at 11.20 (all times are local – UTC/GMT+2)