Sometimes you need to think outside the box. The Prema Racing team ended up with a fifth and a seventh place today at Jerez in the final race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship weekend at the Spanish venue. Starting in 6th and 8th place due to the reversed top-8 grid from race 1, the Prema drivers tried to get back to the front straight away.
After using one set of new prime tires in qualifying, the degradation brought both Leclerc and Fuoco back to the pits for new rubber. The Ferrari Driver Academy graduates made the most out of the situation although the lack of passing opportunities at Jerez prevented them from fighting for the podium. The Monegasque, who secured the 2017 driver title with three races to go yesterday in race 1, recovered up to 4th place in the final stages before eventually wounding up P7.
On the other hand, Antonio Fuoco delivered a really convincing run by rounding out the top-5 and secured an additional points finish after yesterday's podium. The two Ferrari Driver Academy rookies will now get a well-deserved break before going back in action in the season finale at Abu Dhabi.
# 1 - Charles Leclerc
“The race definitely did not go according to plans today. We lost a little bit of time with Antonio at the beginning, then the tires degraded too much. We need to work on that to improve for the final round of the season.“
# 2 - Antonio Fuoco
“Actually the race was quite fun like yesterday. It was difficult because we used one set of new prime tires in qualifying and we had to pit which was good, maybe we could have stayed on track a little more but with used primes it was impossible. After the pit-stop everything went in the right direction. The car was really good and we finished the race in a positive position trying to score as many points as possible for the team. We will now focus on Abu Dhabi to try and win the team championship.“