Maranello, 12 May – Antonio Fuoco missed out on the points at France’s Pau track, paying a heavy price at his first single-seater race on the street circuit. For the Ferrari Driver Academy racer the third round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship was affected by an encounter with the barriers after just eight laps of the first free practice session. Fuoco reported bruising to his left hand and it was impossible to go out on track in the second free practice session due to the damage to the car. That led to a handicap that had an impact on his qualifying sessions, which ended with one tenth place and two ninth places. Despite the problem to his left hand, Fuoco managed to finish the first and the third races in 17th and 11th places respectively. In Race 2 Antonio was involved in a clash between two cars that were ahead of him and was thus forced to retire on the 20th lap.
“It was a hard weekend that stemmed from Friday’s accident,” said Antonio. “It was not so much the problem with the hand that affected the results, but more losing the chance to run during the two free practice sessions. From that moment on I was always chasing, trying to regain the time I’d lost to familiarise myself with a very difficult track. I’m sorry to be coming home with zero points but I hope for a quick return to the top in the next round at Budapest.”