Carlin’s Louis Deletraz claimed a strong second place at the team’s home event at the Silverstone round of the FIA F2 Championship last weekend. The Swiss driver started from second place and led for the majority of the race before losing the lead to Jack Aitken in the final stages. Team mate Nobuharu Matsushita ensured it was two Carlin cars in the top seven in what was a relatively uneventful race for the F2 field.
After a seventh place in Saturday’s Feature Race, Deletraz started from second on Sunday under cloudy skies at a chilly Silverstone circuit. A fantastic start off the line saw the ADSS driver take the lead, with Deletraz about to pull away from second place man Nyck de Vries to break the DRS tow. Team mate Matsushita also made a good start and made a stunning move on Guanyu Zhou to take seventh place, the position he would maintain to the chequered flag.
Deletraz survived a safety car restart following Giuliano Alesi stopping on track. The Carlin man pulled away from the de Vries and was heading for the win until a late charging Aitken passed de Vries and began to close on Deletraz. Suddenly within DRS range, a move up the inside at Brooklands allowed Aitken to steal the lead with only a couple of laps to go, leaving Deletraz to come home in second place.
Speaking about his race, Deletraz said, “It was a good day with P2 and points for us. I had a super start and led most of the race but in the end Aitken was just too fast out there. I’m happy with the podium and a strong amount of points leaving Silverstone.”
The F2 drivers will be back out in action in three weeks time for the Hungarian round of the series at the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest.