Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series leader Louis Deletraz spoke to The Checkered Flag at the end of the first day of the Silverstone weekend after placing third in both collective test sessions.
The Josef Kaufmann Racing driver revealed he is feeling positive about the weekend’s prospects, admitting that he did not use any new tyres during either session, and feels there is pace to come when the first qualifying session gets underway on Saturday morning.
“In both practice I did not use any new tyres, all the other drivers had, and I think we’re looking good for tomorrow,” said Deletraz to The Checkered Flag.
“Qualifying is going to be really important here. If your P2 or pole its okay, but if you start P5, P6 you cannot start to fight for podiums or big points.
“Unfortunately I’m in the worst group, but I was in the worst group in Hungary and got pole for both races so it is possible [to do it].”
“Everyone is closing quick, my team-mate Kevin [Jörg], the Koiranens [Jake Hughes and Jack Aitken], the Fortecs, Ben [Barnicoat] and Callan [O’Keeffe] as well, everyone is close.
“I know they will try to do their best to get in front of me and take back some points, and they know I will do my best to pull away in the championship.”
Deletraz feels it will be much harder to replicate his performance at Silverstone from back in May when he won both Formula Renault 2.0 NEC races at the circuit.
“It will be much harder [to dominate] because Eurocup is much closer, and everyone wants to catch me in the championship,” said Deletraz. “[But] I will not give up and will do my best to try and keep them behind me.
“It will be a great race and great end of the year.”