Hitech GP made their debut in Formula 2 last weekend. The team are well known for their winning mentality but had a slow start to their Formula 2 challenge.
However, the message from the British team is positive ahead of a new weekend of racing in Austria.
In the feature race Mazepin suffered a mechanical problem during his pitstop then got a five second time penalty for a safety car infringement. However, the Russian driver is looking forward to the next round.
He said: “We didn’t have the best start to the weekend, despite our best efforts. A few things compromised our performance. Nevertheless, we have shown good speed. I am very comfortable in the team and I am sure that round two will be a step forward!”
Entering his fifth season in Formula 2, Ghiotto’s experience couldn’t help him as he suffered a double non-finish. In the feature race the 25-year-old failed to start due to mechanical issues and in the sprint race he was spun round by Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and forced to retire.
“It was a challenging first round for us, so all eyes on this weekend, hopefully we can come back stronger. I think we have good pace, the first few laps we did were promising in race two so I am positive on the speed side. Let’s try and have a clean weekend and score some points.”
Both drivers will want to make their mark on the championship and showcase themselves in front of the Formula 1 grid this weekend in Austria when Formula 2 returns.