Second in the championship, Louis Deletraz previewed his Formula V8 3.5 charge at Silverstone, the home circuit of British team and defending champions from 2015, Fortec Motorsports.
The long-standing 3.5 litre outfit secured title victory with the pairing of Jazeman Jaafar and driver champion Oliver Rowland last year. Although currently fourth in the championship, they trail leaders AVF by just 45 points ahead of the series' fifth round at the British circuit.
Fortec Motorsports is based in Daventry, Northamptonshire, just a few miles from the Silverstone circuit. With no Swiss race on the calendar, it is a place which will feel like home to the youngster, currently competing in his first full FV8 season following a one-off appearance last year.
“It's a home race for Fortec Motorsports so hopefully we will be able to repeat our performance following to our victory in Paul Ricard,” he said. “The Renault Sport Academy and the Renault Sport F1 Team are based in Enstone, close to Silverstone; it's a kind of “home race” for me as well and I really want to do well.”
Of the challenges facing the 19-year-old this weekend, the Swiss racer explained that, physically, Silverstone can be a demanding track. The reigning Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion, the Renault Sport F1 Academy driver is experienced around the 18 turns of the class circuit.
“Silverstone is a very intense and physical track,” he continued. “It's also very technical, it's always challenging for drivers; preparation is key, I will complete lots of simulator work and when I'll arrive at the circuit I will do the usual track walk.”
For Deletraz, like many others, it is the challenges of the circuit – including its famous corner combinations – which has helped build its reputation over time.
“As a driver I'm really looking forward to race in Silverstone this week,” he said. “It's one of my favourite places. It's a legendary track with amazing corners, I'm sure Maggots and Beckets corners will be impressive in the Formula V8!”
The Swiss racer finished third in FP1 this morning and will once again take to the helm of his 3.5 litre model for second practice at 15:20 local time.