Juan Manuel Correa narrowly misses out on points in Formula 2 Feature Race
Last time out, Juan Manuel Correa endured a challenging weekend on the streets of Monte Carlo, so the Van Amersfoort Racing driver was looking for a good result ahead of his 24 Hours of Le Mans appearance just one week later.
Having occupied P19 during the early stages of the 30-minute qualifying session, Correa vaulted up the order to P4 ahead of teammate Richard Verschoor with 10 minutes left on the clock. He was displaced to P6 shortly thereafter, a position he held until the closing minutes, at which point he fell just outside the top ten in P11.
The Sprint Race
As the Sprint Race got underway with a rolling start due to a wet track, the American-Ecuadorian racer struggled in the conditions and dropped to P14. Correa pitted for dry tyres on Lap 18 as conditions improved, but with cold tyres on a still-damp circuit, he was caught out losing rear traction and spinning into the gravel on the exit of Turn 1.
The Feature Race
Correa overcame a grid penalty at the start of the feature race to launch into the top ten in the opening laps. It didn’t last, however, as on Lap 8 the Van Amersfoort Racing driver ran wide into the gravel dropping back down to P16. The following lap saw Correa in the pit lane, pitting for fresh tyres and rejoining with it all to do in P20. As the race progressed and alternate strategy runners tumbled down the order, Correa was charging and made it back up to P10. With 10 laps remaining, a resurgent Arthur Leclerc and Verschoor relegated him out of the points, but a penultimate lap with Roman Stanek would hand him P11, just shy of the points at the flag.
Round 7 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship gets underway at the Red Bull Ring, Austria (30 June – 2 July), but prior to that, Correa will compete with Prema Racing in the 100th running of the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans race (10 – 11 June) in the LMP2 category.