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FV8 Silverstone: Deletraz disappointed by pit lane start

The Swiss racer had qualified fifth for race one at the iconic British circuit with a best time of 1m 41.033s but, after stalling after the formation lap, was forced to start from the pit lane, well behind his original grid slot.
Fortec Motorsport's Louis Deletraz opened up about his pit lane start, his tenth place finish and his championship fight at the fifth round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship from Silverstone.

The Swiss racer had qualified fifth for race one at the iconic British circuit with a best time of 1m 41.033s but, after stalling after the formation lap, was forced to start from the pit lane, well behind his original grid slot.

Despite his starting woes, Deletraz pulled off three confident overtakes to take one point and tenth place on Saturday afternoon in what was a case of damage limitation for the 19-year-old championship contender.

"Overtaking for tenth place is never good but it was still not bad for the championship as we are still second and that is very good for a rookie," Deletraz told Crash.net fresh from his driver debrief. "I am with a team who knows how to win, that is important."

Part of the Renault Sport F1 Academy, the Fortec Motorsports driver joined the defending team champions as the 2015 Formula Renault NEC champion and after a one-off appearance for Comtec Racing. He partners Pietro Fittipaldi at the British outfit who are currently competing on home turf this weekend.

He trails Frenchman Tom Dillmann by 33 points at what is the half-way stage of the championship and holds four podiums to his name, including a race win at the opening round from Aragon in April. Meanwhile, Fortec sits fourth in the team championship.

"Overall though, I have to be happy with my championship especially as I am new," he continued. "I won at the start of the season so I know I am capable, we just need to make a few changes to the car to make sure we don't stall again.

"I can still win the championship, why not?"

Deletraz will have his chance at redemption on Sunday when he returns to the track at 09:00 local time for the second qualifying session of the weekend.




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Louis Deletraz, Fortec Motorsports - Photo credit: RPM Racing
Matevos Isaakyan, SMP Racing [credit: Formula V8 3.5]
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5 series/RPM Racing
Rene Binder, Lotus - Photo credit: Formula V8 3.5
Matthieu Vaxiviere, SMP Racing - Photo credit: RPM Racing media
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM Racing Media
Lotus Formula V8 3.5 team - Photo credit: RPM Racing Media
Pietro Fittipaldi, Fortec Motorsports - Photo credit: RPM Media
Formula V8 - Photo credit: RPM Racing media
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM Media
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM Media
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM media
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM Racing media
Louis Deletraz, Fortec Motorsports - Photo credit: RPM Racing Media/Dutch Photo Agency
Roy Nissany, Lotus - Photo credit: RPM Racing Media/Dutch Photo Agency

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