Charouz Racing System extended its positive streak in the FIA Formula 2 championship in a very hard weekend at Le Castellet. At the Circuit Paul Ricard, where Round 9 of the 2022 season took place, the Czech team started off on the wrong foot since Friday, but still was able to get a point on Sunday and once again didn’t come home empty handed.
Enzo Fittipaldi, after an engine failure out of the team’s control prevented him to express his excellent speed in Qualifying, tried to recover from P14 in the Sprint Race, but a small mistake led him to a contact that forced him to retire. On Sunday, starting from P19 because of a penalty for Saturday’s crash, he finally got his chance to put together a great comeback and, also thanks to some notable overtakes, he eventually grabbed a point ending in P10.
Cem Bölükbasi proved to have a very good pace too, but in Qualifying he suffered some problems as well as his teammate. The team was then forced to try something different in terms of race strategy, but it didn’t go their way in both cases, with the Turkish rookie also suffering a driveshaft issue in the last laps of the Feature Race, and it wasn’t therefore possible to turn the weekend around.
Fittipaldi gains a single point and is now P7 in the Driver Standings, but the fifth place is still only 3 points away, while Charouz Racing System is P8 in the Team Standings. The FIA Formula 2 season will resume as early as next weekend at Hungaroring, with Round 10 taking place on 29-31 July.
Antonín Charouz, team owner
“This last weekend in France hasn’t been the easiest for the team, but still we managed to get a point and that’s why I can’t really be worried about the rest of the season. An unfortunate weekend can happen to anyone, but when you can get a result also in the toughest situations it means that you’re in a good place to score great results when you can make things work out the way you want them to. Both Enzo and Cem gave once again their 110% and now we’ll have a new chance to make everyone see what we’re capable of the next weekend in Hungary”.
“It’s been a difficult one this time, we had a technical issue in Qualifying which eventually compromised the whole weekend and it’s a pity given that we had the pace for the top 5. We had to start from the back and in the Sprint Race I had an accident and got a 5-position penalty on the grid for the Feature Race. We still had a really good pace and in the end we finished P10, coming home with a point, but it could have been a much better weekend without that issue. Anyway, we keep moving forward and keep improving for Budapest”.
“Despite not getting the points we wanted, it was our strongest weekend so far in terms of qualifying pace and race pace, too bad we had some problems on Friday. Unfortunately we tried different strategies in the races and they didn’t give us the edge we wanted. Hard weekend but we’ll keep working and we really look forward to the next round”.