Petr is fully prepared for racing restart at Monza. Czech racing driver Petr Ptacek is mentally and physically ready to start his 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup campaign at Monza in Italy this weekend.
With all motorsport put on hold during the Covid-19 lockdown, the 17-year-old has faced a frustrating spell on the sidelines.
However, with restrictions now being eased, his second season in Renault Sport’s premier single-seater category will finally get underway at the home of the Italian Grand Prix.
Petr, who was recently inducted into the Sauber Academy driver development programme, said: “It feels good to be back with my team again after months away from the track. I love racing and trying to chase the extra thousandths of a second that are so crucial. I’m excited to get back to that kind of work!”
The MindMaze-supported driver used the early part of lockdown to take a well-earned break after an intense – but ultimately successful – racing programme in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series at the start of the year.
But it wasn’t long before his focus switched to preparations for the new Formula Renault Eurocup season with reigning champions R-ace GP.
“I had a small break to reset and get myself ready for what I knew was going to come when we got the clearance to restart racing,” he explained.
“If you miss something, you want it more and more as the weeks go by. I’ve therefore worked extremely hard to get mentally and physically ready for the new season.
“I’ve been training every day, eating all the right foods and making sure everything is perfect so I’m 100% ready for the new season.
Petr’s target is to build on his podium-winning form from 2019 and mount a sustained challenge for the Formula Renault Eurocup title this season. He knows the competition will be stiff but he feels he has the best support in the shape of the R-ace GP team and the Sauber Academy programme.
“It’s going to be a tough season because many of the drivers are really at a top-level and some are returning for a third year of racing in the series,” Petr said.
“These guys are really fast so my performance needs to be consistently good.“But I’ve got an amazing team behind me and I know they are working incredibly hard to achieve the same things that I want. The drive is definitely there on their side and mine. That gives me confidence we can have a successful season.
“This weekend’s season-opening Formula Renault Eurocup races at Monza will be the first of ten events that Petr will contest in 2020.
Qualifying in Monza will be split across two days, with one 20-minute session running on Thursday at 17.40 and the second session going green at 09.00 on Friday.
The first race of the weekend will be held at 13.00 on Friday, while Race 2 will get underway at 09.45 on Saturday (times are CET).