Louis Deletraz has praised Fortec Motorsport's pit stop strategy after securing a victory for the team at the fourth round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship at Paul Ricard, France.
It was his pit stop which, according to Deletraz himself, secured victory in the French sun. On Sunday, all pit stops are mandatory, hereby allowing the drivers and mechanics alike to rehearse techniques they will rely on in their later careers.
“I think we chose a different strategy and it worked out well,” said the Swiss racer following his trip to the podium. “The guys made an excellent pit stop and enabled me to focus on doing fast laps.”
Deletraz – both a BMW and Renault F1 Academy driver – entered the pits in his Fortec challenger several laps before pole-sitter Roy Nissany, allowing him to increase his pace on fresh tyres and create a gap unsurpassable by the Lotus driver. Seven laps after Nissany's pit stop and the gap had extended to almost three seconds.
“I knew I would have had some gap after the pit stop so, when I saw that Roy was coming back, I was also aware of my good margin,” he continued. “It was a very good race; we started third but we knew we had the pace since Friday.
Deletraz will return to the helm of his FV8 model when the series returns to action next month at the British circuit of Silverstone. Currently second in the championship – behind the consistent force of AVF's Tom Dillmann – the Swiss driver will hope to emulate the success of former Fortec racer and reigning FR3.5 champion Oliver Rowland who secured two podium finishes.