Maranello, 29 July – Antonio Fuoco still leads the Formula Renault Alps championship after this past weekend’s round at the Misano Adriatico circuit. The Ferrari Driver Academy youngster now has 159 points to his name, after he finished second in Race 1 of this the fifth round of the series, although he had to retire in the second and final race. Fuoco started from the front row, having set the fastest time in his group in qualifying and then had a thrilling duel for the lead, which went in favour of his team-mate Bruno Bonifacio, by just three tenths of a second. The second race of the weekend had a rather less pleasant outcome, as Fuoco, again starting from the front row, was involved in a collision with Bonifacio when trying to overtake him on lap 2. The stewards penalised Bonifacio for closing the door and thus causing an avoidable accident between the two cars, which saw them both retire. He will take a five place grid penalty at the next race.
Antonio Fuoco: “Race 1 was thrilling and it was a hard fight which ended with a second place for me that is very important in light of the classification. Unfortunately, in the second race, things turned out differently. On the second lap, I saw a gap and tried to attack, moving alongside Bonifacio by more than half a car’s length. He suddenly closed the door on me, making the contact inevitable. The stewards’ decision made it clear whose fault it was, but that was not enough for me to make up for the lost opportunity on track. It’s a shame, as I had a great race pace and I could have got a good result. It’s already the third time this season that I’ve been forced to retire because of unfortunate incidents, but now, the only thing I can do is to prepare as well as possible for the next very important rounds at Mugello and Imola.”