PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing scored a seventh place in the second and final race of the weekend at Hungaroring, home of the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend. After yesterday’s spectacular win, Dutchman Nyck De Vries took-off from the eight place on the grid as prescribed by the reverse grid rule for race 2. De Vries tried to save his tires in the opening laps, which also featured a virtual safety car, but the high temperatures led to late degradation. The 23-year-old racer struggled to keep the pace and despite running for most of the race into the top-5, he eventually crossed the finishing line in seventh place.

Degradation also hampered the efforts of 21-year-old Sean Gelael. The Indonesian, who was forced to start from the back yesterday in race 1, continued to show promising pace, although aiming for a points finish turned out to be a tough task. Gelael was running inside the top-10 when he was involved in a late melee which cost him two spots down to P11. He and De Vries will now be off to a small summer break before lining-up for the next round, scheduled for the end of August at Spa-Francorchamps.

Sean Gelael, Car #3
Free Practice: P19 Fastest lap: 1:30.574
Qualifying: P18 Fastest lap: 1:28.648
Starting Position Race 1:P18 Race 1: P13
Starting Position Race 2:P13 Race 2: P11

“We had a good start and we were running P9 the whole race. I was behind Jack and I thought we saved enough tires to fight, but then Markelov decided to divebomb into turn 1 and I was caught up in the middle of it, losing time so a couple of cars overtook us. Then by overtaking them we used a lot of tire life and that was it. It’s really a shame because we could have been back in the points today and if it wasn’t for the mistake we had in qualifying it would have been a better weekend. It is what it is, there are still four races to go, still a lot of points up for grabs. Never say die.”

Nyck De Vries Car #4
Free Practice: P2 Fastest lap: 1:29.188
Qualifying: P3 Fastest lap: 1:27.631
Starting Position Race 1: P3 Race 1: P1
Starting Position Race 2: P8 Race 2: P7

“I got a good start and a good couple of laps. We were running P5 after the virtual safety-car when I was trying to manage my tires and the gap in front of me and behind. Unfortunately we were suffering with the rears. I was trying to do what I could to maintain the position and hold on, but we lost a couple of spots towards the end and could only finish seventh. Still, a one-position gain from the starting spot, but considering the first couple of laps, we could have finished P5 or P4 if we had a bit more stability and a slight better package, but overall it has been a good weekend.”

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