The FIA Formula 2 2017 season is shaping up to be an impressive one for Prema Theodore Racing. After a mixed weekend in Monaco the team was pleased the bad luck got left behind as the weekend kicked off in Azerbaijan. Charles Leclerc took his fourth pole, making it back-to-back pole positions for every feature race so far this year. This weekend has been an emotional one for the Monegasque driver, who lost his father only a few days ago.
One year on from the astounding double win in Baku, Leclerc sealed the deal once more taking home the trophy from pole in Race 1. A member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, he proved why he is on the program, using his skilful driving to perfection after numerous safety cars were deployed due to crashes from his rivals.
His team-mate Antonio Fuoco who started in P6 after experiencing traffic in qualifying, had a short race after gaining positions at the start. The Italian made contact with his rival Canamasas after just a few laps, ending his race.
Leading on from Saturday’s race win, Charles Leclerc lined up in P8, with Antonio Fuoco in P19 ready for a scorching Race 2, as track temperature reached 57.2°C. At the start Leclerc lost two places, but that did not matter to the Monegasque driver as he began to chase down each position starting with Markelov for P8. Once passing, Leclerc continued on his hunt for the race win, cruising past another two cars in one move before heading for Latifi and Nato.
Meanwhile Antonio Fuoco battled his way up the field taking home P13 after a difficult weekend. On the last few laps Leclerc swiftly took P1 before crossing the finishing line, but due to a 10 second penalty had to settle for P2 after a sensational drive.
Following on from last year, Baku has yet again proved to be a circuit Prema Theodore Racing enjoy, as the team look onto the next event in two weeks at Red Bull Ring, Austria 7-9th July.
# 1 – Charles Leclerc
“I’m very happy about this weekend, I think race 2 was even better than race 1 in terms of pace. So I’m just very very satisfied with how it ended after a difficult first part of the weekend. I thank the Prema team for the amazing job again. The next race is in Austria on my favourite track and I’m really looking forward to it.”
# 2 – Antonio Fuoco
“It’s been a really difficult race because we hoped in a safety-car that enabled us to recover positions. I was careful in the first lap to stay out of trouble but then no safety-car came. The pace was good but there was too much of a gap from the car in front. It hasn’t been a positive weekend, at least in terms of the races, and now we hope to be back where we belong in the next few rounds.”