Rising star Petr Ptacek is determined to mark his first-ever visit to the iconic Silverstone Circuit in the UK by finishing strongly in the Formula Renault Eurocup points this weekend.
The second of this season’s ten events takes place on one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and the talented 16-year-old is relishing the opportunity to accumulate more experience inside the cockpit of his Rich Energy-liveried Formula Renault FR-19 car.
“I’ve never been to Silverstone before, but from what I’ve seen and experienced on the simulator, it’s one of the most enjoyable tracks I’ve ever driven,” the Czech driver said. “There are a lot of very quick corners and if you have balls, that will definitely help you! The sector from Copse to Stowe looks really nice – the car will be pretty grippy and exhilarating through there.”
On his Formula Renault Eurocup debut at Monza last month, Petr opened his points account by finishing P9. However, his weekend was hampered by a water temperature sensor issue that cost him dearly during qualifying. He’s confident that he’ll be able to show even more of his raw pace at Silverstone.
“At Monza we showed we can be quick in both wet and dry conditions and we scored our first points of the season,” the Parmigiani Watches-supported driver said. “That always gives you some confidence. Sadly, we had the technical problem which made things a bit more challenging during the weekend, but that’s in the past now and the focus has been on Silverstone for quite a while.
“Everyone in the team is working super hard trying to achieve something sweet this weekend. I’m feeling pretty confident about racing in the UK and I think the speed we can show at Silverstone will be useful and impressive.”
Key to success at Silverstone is having a car that is both fast and well balanced, in order to carry as much speed as possible through the sweeping corners and on to the long straights. With all of the teams and drivers still learning how to perfect the set-up of the new-for-2019 Formula Renault chassis, it will also be vital to maximise track time during each of the sessions.
“Our car is good and we have a decent balance, but I still think there are some improvements that we can make,” Petr explained. “It’s a new track for me, and both myself and the team have to make sure we don’t make any mistakes in practice or qualifying, because that wouldn’t be good for our momentum.”
Petr, the reigning Italian F4 Rookie Champion, will get acquainted with the Silverstone track during the two practice sessions on Friday, 10 May. His races are scheduled for Saturday at 1330hrs and Sunday at 1335hrs. Both will be broadcast live on the Renault Sport Series Facebook page and the Renault Sport YouTube channel.