Spa-Francorchamps, 9 June –Just a week after his debut race in the Formula Renault Eurocup, Antonio Fuoco and the Prema team were back in action at Spa-Francorchamps for the third round of the ALPS championship. Fuoco, who leads the drivers’ standings had a tougher time in Belgium than expected, as can be seen by the fact he ended up with a third and a fourteenth place.
The Ferrari Driver Academy youngster got his weekend underway on the right pace, setting the fastest time in his qualifying group, thus ensuring a front row start in both races this weekend. In race 1, Fuoco was battling for second when he had a coming together with Orudzhev which prompted an accident that also caught out his team-mate Luca Ghiotto.
Antonio’s car sustained damage to the steering and the front wing, but he still managed to keep going to hang onto that valuable second place come the end of the race. Afterwards, the Stewards gave him a 25 second penalty on his overall race time, as he was deemed to have caused the accident with Orudzhev. This dropped Antonio to fourteenth place, costing him the 25 points that go with second.
The second race of the weekend went more smoothly. After keeping second place after the start, he then had to give best to Ghiotto who eventually went on to win. Antonio had a great duel with his team-mate Bonifacio, but the positions remained unchanged. However, third place is still a valuable result as it means Fuoco keep the championship lead on 108 points, thirteen more than Bonifacio.
“After a great showing in the European championship, I was hoping for a much better weekend. I think the weather, which went from just three degrees last weekend to 24 over the past days, had a slight influence on the set-up of my car. However, it would still have been a very good weekend if I had not lost that second place which I secured on the track. I made a mistake, because I was battling with Orduzhev and I did not look to the right in my mirrors, which is how I tangled with Ghiotto. I definitely didn’t do it deliberately, but unfortunately, that’s what happened. In race 2, I got a good start and at the first corner, I was very close to poleman Bonifacio. In the opening laps, Ghiotto came back at me very quickly and managed to get by, but the points for third are still a good amount prior to the next round in Monza.”