FORMULA 2 CHAMPION LUCIANO BACHETA DRIVES THE WILLIAMS FW33 AT SILVERSTONE
18th October 2012. Silverstone, UK. Today saw the recently crowned Formula 2 Champion Luciano Bachetta get his first taste of Formula One when he drove the Williams FW33 around the famous Silverstone circuit.
Luciano secured the 2012 Formula Two Championship at the season finale in Monza last month. He led the championship from the season opener at Silverstone, collecting five race victories and ten podiums on his way to the title, including a record breaking four successive victories in the first two rounds.
The 22-year-old from Romford, Essex followed in the footsteps of other Formula 2 winners in having the opportunity to drive a Williams F1 car as part of his prize. Today’s drive will also enable him to qualify for an FIA Super License that is needed to compete in Formula One.
Speaking about today’s run, Luciano Bachetta said; “Today’s gone very well for me. I’ve had a good mix of wet and dry running which has been a perfect way to learn how the car works and adapts. Just to be around a team like Williams is a special experience and I’ve gained so much from the day.
I’m still taking it all in and I am sure that it won’t be until I go away and reflect that I’ll realise quite how brilliant it was. The car is just a pleasure to drive, better than anything I’ve driven before, so I’d love to have some more experience of Formula One in the future”.
Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal at Williams F1, added: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Luciano for winning the F2 title, a feat made all the more impressive by the way he achieved it with an unprecedented four consecutive wins at the start of the season. No doubt he learnt a lot from today’s experience and it will stand him in good stead for his future career which looks very promising indeed.”
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Photo. James Bearne
Swiss driver Christopher Zanella was the sharp-dressed man and legs up on the competition at Magny-Cours. The 21-year old won both races over the weekend and now leads the championship.
Alex Brundle started race one from pole position and was leading when it started to rain. The slippery conditions caught many drivers but proved to be a blessing in disguise for Zanella and German Tobias Hegewald. Both poured on the pressure on Brundle and second place man Miki Monras. Zanella zoomed by Monras and before too long went by Brundle also to take the lead. Hegewald also sailed past Monras and Brundle but ran out of time to hunt down Zanella.
The Swiss said in post-race conference, “To win the race was a great feeling for me and unbelievable given I had a really bad start. I dropped down to fourth and tried to stay with the others, then I tried to close the gap, lap-by-lap, and I was trying to find line. Then I overtook one after the other and that was really good. It was a hard race and especially at the end when you’re alone and you start to have some thoughts and that’s very dangerous.”
Photo. James Bearne
Sunday’s race was sans-rain but Zanella reigned in the dry also. He led all 24-laps from his pole position, and held off a determined Brundle who had to settle for second. Italian Mirko Bortolotti had his hands full defending his third place from Monras.
The top five in the championship are: Zanella, 71 points; Bortolotti, 66; Monras, 64; Hegewald, 42 and Brundle, 33.
Round three will be run June 24-26 at Spa-Francorchamps.
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Henry Surtees killed in Formula 2 accident at Brands Hatch.
Tragedy struck in Sunday’s Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch racing circuit in Kent, England, claiming the life of English driver Henry Surtees.
Henry, son of John Surtees, the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion for Ferrari and seven times World Motorcycle Champion, was hit on the head by a wheel and tire from the car of Jack Clarke, who had spun and crashed into the wall exiting Westfield Bend on his own. The 18-year old driver, who had finished on the podium in Saturday’s race, was knocked unconscious, and flown to a London hospital.
Henry Surtees followed in his father’s footsteps and entered his first kart race at the age of eight in 1999. He won the 2000 Club Winter Championship at Rye House. In 2005 he won the Junior Gearbox Championship.
In 2006, Henry graduated into motor racing in the British Ginetta GT Junior Championship, scoring three wins and six podiums to finish third overall. The following season he stepped into single seaters competing in both Formula BMW and Renault series.
In 2007, he scored a win with Carlin Motorsport and finished seventh overall and second in the rookie standing in Formula BMW UK. Last year he raced in Formula Renault UK, finishing 12th in the championship. In the Winter series he was placed second with one victory and three podiums from four races.
Our sincere condolences to the Surtees family, and Henry’s friends and fans.
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