At the end of 29 action-packed laps, Antonio Fuoco took the chequered flag in third place in Baku in the first race of the second round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He was out of luck in qualifying, ending up twelfth, after the session was red flagged which spoilt his run. But he fought his way up the order, lying fourth by half distance.
“With ten laps to go the safety car came out and I was very careful to be sure the tyres were up to temperature for the restart,” explained Fuoco. When the race restarted, the three cars ahead of him went off track at the first turn and Antonio slipped into the lead. “At that moment, the race was within my grasp,” continued the Ferrari Driver Academy driver. “But when I got to the tight part of the track, I ran into a cloud of smoke which I later realised came from Markelov’s broken engine. I couldn’t see anything and I had to lift off because I was scared of finding a car stopped in the middle of the track ahead of me. Unfortunately, at this point Albon and Aitken caught up wth me and then passed me on the straight with the DRS. So it’s a bit disappointing to see the win escape me when it looked like mine, but third place is still a good result, especially after a difficult qualifying.”
Today’s third place sees Fuoco move up to sixth in the championship and sixth is the place on the grid from which he will start tomorrow’s second and final race of this Azerbaijan round.