Louis Delétraz is targeting a consistent weekend of FIA Formula Two Championship racing when the series resumes after a month-long break at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium this weekend (24-26 August).
The ADSS-supported driver impressed as he scored a pair of P2 finishes during the first part of the 2018 season and he’s regularly been one of the fastest drivers in the F2 series when conditions have allowed.
He’s keen to finish the last four events positively and his ambition is to perform strongly across the entire race weekend when he travels to the iconic 7.004km Spa circuit – the longest track on the 2018 calendar.
He hopes that will allow him to use his proven pace to fight for the first F2 victory of his career.
“We have four rounds and eight races to go and that’s a lot of points still to fight for. I’m really excited about this part of the season – getting my first F2 win is still definitely the objective,” the Swiss driver explained.
“To do that, we need to make sure we have a clean weekend of racing. We’ve never lacked speed this season, we sometimes just didn’t put everything together or we’ve sometimes been unlucky. I think there is no reason why we shouldn’t fight at the front during the remaining events if we put everything together.”
Louis was left frustrated at the last round of the F2 series in Hungary when contact with another car during Saturday’s Feature Race ended his chances of finishing in the points and, as a result, made it harder for him to capitalise on his pace during Sunday’s Sprint Race. That’s a situation he’s determined to avoid repeating in Belgium.
The Charouz Racing System driver said: “The F2 weekend is so short with free practice followed by a quick qualifying session, then two races. The two races depend on each other. You can’t have any sort of unplanned things happening – a technical problem or contact. One single problem will take away your chances of points or a good result.”
This weekend’s visit to Spa-Francorchamps kicks off a sequence of back-to-back F2 race weekends with a trip to Monza in Italy following seven days later. Louis is relishing the prospect of racing on a pair of high-speed tracks on successive weekends – particularly as he’s enjoyed success at both earlier in his career.
“Spa and Monza are tracks that I definitely enjoy so I’m really motivated to show what I can do,” the 21-year-old said. “I’ve had a little bit of time off during the summer break to recharge the batteries but it wasn’t long before I was back to 100% work and commitment. I want to end the season positively, starting at Spa.”
Louis’ F2 weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix kicks off on Friday with free practice (12.55) and qualifying (16.55). He will then tackle Saturday’s 25-lap Feature Race (16.45) and Sunday’s 18-lap Sprint Race (10.50). Times quoted are UTC/GMT+2.