Formula 2 Championship newcomers Charouz has confirmed it has signed Louis Delétraz and Antonio Fuoco to headline its driving line-up for its maiden season in 2018.
The Czech operation, which guided Pietro Fittipaldi to this year’s Formula V8 3.5 title, was confirmed as one of three teams new to an expanded Formula 2 grid next year.
The team is gambling on two drivers whose Formula 2 Championship form has not reflected on their results in junior categories.
Big things were expected of Delétraz, the son of Formula 1 pay-driver Jean-Denis Délétraz, after he finishing runner-up in the 2016 Formula V8 3.5 Series, but the Swiss youngster’s rookie Formula 2 campaign was disrupted by a mid-season switch from the Racing Engineering team to Rapax. His results with the latter were better, peaking with fourth place in the Sprint Race at Italy en route to finishing seventeenth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
A Ferrari Academy driver, Fuoco had a similarly chequered rookie campaign in Formula 2. Paired with the eventual champion Charles Leclerc at PREMA Racing, the Italian was thrashed by his impressive teammate in the first half of the season but later found form and peaked with victory and a third place on home soil at Monza. He finished eighth overall in the championship, a reasonably impressive result were he not being directly compared against the might Leclerc.
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