Maranello, 4 May -A fortnight on from his brilliant debut at Silverstone, Antonio Fuoco was back in action at the Hockenheim circuit this weekend for the second round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Bad luck in the qualifying session meant the Ferrari Driver Academy student had a fight on his hands, but it ended with a good third place in race 3, won by the Dutchman, Max Verstappen.
“I’m pleased to have got to the podium in the final race,” commented Antonio. “But I can’t say the same about how this round of the championship went overall. The first wake-up call came in qualifying on Friday, when I just couldn’t shake off the traffic and never did one quick lap. That compromised my chances of getting a good result in the first race, won by Luca Auer. I finished eleventh and that made the whole weekend harder than expected.
“It wasn’t realistic to expect anything more,” continued the Italian. “But we got some useful data and the set-up of the car was good with a race pace that matched the leaders.” Unfortunately, in race 2, Fuoco had to retire after just a few corners, because he was hit by another car at the start, which damaged the left rear suspension.
After this weekend’s races, Fuoca is second in the overall classification on 67 points, behind Esteban Ocon who won race 2 at Hockenheim and is on 103 points. The European FIA Formula 3 Championship is back on track next weekend at the Pau street circuit, in France.