Saturday 12th May, 2018
PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing continued to show positive form in Barcelona, as the FIA Formula 2 Championship lined-up for its first race of the season on European soil at the Montmelò circuit. After scoring second place in qualifying, Nyck De Vries put together an impressive drive in a tricky race strategy-wise. After dropping one position, he fought back to P2 and entered the pits P2 right behind the prospective leader. De Vries tried to go for the lead but came up short, nevertheless scoring great points for the championship.
Sean Gelael was impressive too starting from P16 due to a tough qualifying session. The Indonesian fought back steadily throughout the race but, while having great chances to make it to the points zone and P8 which would have meant reversed grid pole position, he was touched under braking by another car and forced to retire.
Sean Gelael, #3
Qualifying: P16 Fastest Lap: 1:29.307
Race 1: DNF Fastest Lap: 1:32.172
“We fought hard today. We had a good first lap and we were fighting for the top-8: we were behind Sette Camara who finished seventh today. I don’t need to say anything about the accident, it’s quite clear, but it’s a bit of a shame because we could have started from the front tomorrow. It is racing though, sometimes it breaks your heart. Things will go around hopefully…”
Nyck De Vries, #4
Qualifying: P2 Fastest Lap: 1:28.369
Race 1: P2 Fastest Lap: 1:30.821
“I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t take our first win today because I felt we had everything to do it. We were just lacking a bit. At the beginning of the prime stint we weren’t quick enough but at the end, we were much faster. That’s promising for tomorrow because we didn’t push too much because of the virtual safety cars. I went down to P3 then fought back to P2 and came to the pits together with Russell. On options, I tried to attack in the first two laps, but I really had to force it. Overall, I think we have to be satisfied with the points for P2 and try to continue this momentum”