Invicta Not Taking Bahrain Pace Repeat For Granted in Jeddah

Invicta Not Taking Bahrain Pace Repeat For Granted in Jeddah

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Invicta Racing Team Boss Andy Roche isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of Round 2 in the 2024 FIA Formula 2 championship. 

The series heads to Saudi Arabia for the second round of the season, where the drivers will tackle the Jeddah Corniche street circuit, which brings some of the highest average speeds of the season.

Roche’s team set the pace in Bahrain during Qualifying – initially with Indian driver Kush Maini on pole ahead of team mate Gabriel Bortoleto. 

But F3 champ Bortoleto inherited pole position for the Feature Race in Sakhir when Maini was disqualified late on Thursday evening.

And despite the strong performance in Bahrain, Roche has said everyone is still learning about the new F2 car.

He said: “Our primary aim is to have a clean weekend and maximise our result.”

Roche’s team currently sits third in the Teams’ Championship, with 21 points – 17 adrift of early pace-setters Rodin Motorsport.

Jeddah a different challenge to Bahrain

Roche isn’t expecting a repeat of Bahrain’s pecking order.

“Jeddah is a very challenging venue, and its demands are very different to Bahrain.

“It all can change in an instant with the walls being so close, and so that is something we all will need to be on top of throughout every session.”

The team will need to draw on their own experience and that of Alpine Academy driver Maini to support 19-year-old Bortoleto, as the Brazilian will be making his first appearance on the Jeddah Corniche circuit.

Invicta did score a podium in 2023’s Feature Race with Aussie driver Jack Doohan, who finished behind race winner Frederick Vesti.

But the team aren’t banking on another visit to the rostrum just yet.

Roche said: “We performed well in Bahrain pace-wise, but we will not see where we stand compared to our rivals until the competitive sessions begin.”

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