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Charouz Racing System is heading to Budapest for the tenth round of its 2022 FIA Formula 2 season, before the August break will lead them to the last four rounds of the year. The Czech team will look to regain momentum after a disappointing weekend at Le Castellet, where some unfortunate situations out of the team’s control put Enzo Fittipaldi and Cem Bölükbasi in a not ideal place to get the most out of the very high potential expressed at the French track.
The Hungaroring is a pretty slow track with mainly two spots where it’s possible to overtake, but compared to other tracks it’s certainly more difficult to fight your way to the top 10 positions starting from the back of the grid. Qualifying will therefore be really crucial for the whole outcome, like already happened a few other times this season.
The team has a pretty good track record here, with several point finishes collected in the past F2 seasons, and both Fittipaldi and Bölükbasi already raced at this technical and demanding track. The Brazilian was able to step on the podium in his 2021 FIA Formula 3 season with Charouz Racing System and did the same two years before in the Formula Regional European Championship Certified by FIA. The Turkish rookie has a good record on this 4.381mt circuit too, having won a race last year in the EuroFormula Open championship.
The schedule for the weekend will once again unfold in the standard way with Free Practice and Qualifying on Friday, while the cars will line on the grid for the Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon and for the Feature Race on Sunday morning.
Antonín Charouz, team owner
“I’m glad that we’ll get the chance to be back racing so soon, last weekend we were very quick but in the end we couldn’t get where we wanted to and in a way it’s good that we don’t have to wait too much. Hungaroring is a track where we had positive weekends in the past and both our drivers already delivered very good performances here, so we’re 100% focused on bringing home the results we know we deserve. Our main target is to go into the August break with big reasons to smile”.
“Hungaroring is a track that I really enjoy and where I had some good races in the past seasons, I’m really looking forward to get back racing and to have another chance to express our potential, which we know has got to a very, very high level. Things didn’t go our way at Paul Ricard, but we’re more than determined to come back stronger at Budapest so we can get to the August break in the best way and work to prepare for the last four weekends”.
“The aim and the focus is always on getting my first points. Last weekend it was within our reach but we had bad luck, which can happen very easily in motorsport, but we’re aware that our potential and our pace is there and we’re approaching the Budapest round with great confidence and motivation. Is a track where I already won a race and where I feel pretty comfortable, it’s gonna be fun!”.