Switzerland’s Louis Delétraz is eager to return to racing this weekend (30 August – 1 September), following the FIA Formula 2 Championship’s four-week summer break.
The 22-year-old has been out of the cockpit since the Hungarian Grand Prix at the start of August. But this weekend’s fixture at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium marks the beginning of the final phase in the 2019 season.
Louis admits he’s ready to get back on track and tackle two race weekends in as many weeks, with Monza in Italy following hot on the heels of Spa.
“The summer is always good to get some rest. We’ve managed to analyse a lot of data and completely rebuild the car so it’s ready for the next couple of race weekends,” the ADSS-supported driver explained.
“But I’m definitely ready to go again. I’ve been training all through the break and I want to put that to good use. Racing is always on my mind and when you’re not in the car, you definitely miss it!”
It’s therefore a mouthwatering prospect that Louis will resume his 2019 campaign on two of the super-fast and technically challenging tracks that he enjoys the most.
He said: “I like Spa and Monza a lot. They’re great for racing and doing some overtakes. Spa, in particular, is really interesting because it has some long straights and big braking zones. And when DRS comes into play, there’s always some good battles to enjoy and to get the fans excited.”
Having suffered at the hands of two separate technical failures – both of which were out of his control – in the last three race weekends, Louis will be fighting to replicate the podiums he has scored at Monaco and Silverstone when his Spa weekend gets underway.
“I want some more good results and my plan is to get them at Spa and Monza,” he said. “Hopefully the car will hold on and we can have a bit of luck as well.”
Once F2 qualifying has been concluded at Spa on Friday afternoon, Louis will tackle the 25-lap Feature Race on Saturday at 16.45, before the shorter 18-lap Sprint Race gets underway at 11.15 on Sunday.