Felipe Drugovich took a little while to find his feet after switching to UNI-Virtuosi, but the Brazilian is on a run of four points’ finishes in a row and has taken two podiums. He sits eighth in the standings with half a season to go, but how would he grade his own performances?
The UNI-Virtuosi racer fills out his mid-season report card…
NAME: Felipe Drugovich TEAM: UNI-Virtuosi AGE: 21 PODIUMS: 2 WINS: 0
RATING OUT OF 10: 6
“Around five, maybe six, but nothing more than that. I think we have a lot of margin to improve and it hasn't been the way I wanted but all in all I think we can really make up for it in the second half of the season.”
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON SO FAR?
“This season has been quite tough for me, nothing has really clicked the way I wanted, but obviously, the potential this year is much higher than what I had last year which means a bad half of the season isn't that bad at all.
“I think we didn't maximize our potential starting with Bahrain. I didn't have a great start to the season and lost many points there that I could have scored. But we showed some flashes of really good pace.
“I think if we can work together and find out what is limiting me, then for the second half of the season, I think it could be much better because for sure the potential is really high.”
WHAT HAS BEEN THE STRONGEST ASPECT OF YOUR SEASON SO FAR?
“The strongest point of this season so far, is seeing the results this year. I can see that obviously, we didn't start some race weekends the way we wanted, not our full potential, but thanks to the team they did a great job just to fight back. During the weekend we could actually improve quite a lot and finish the weekend in the Feature Race with a quite good result.
“So that's a strong point, the fight back every time. Obviously, it's not ideal to keep doing like this, we have to limit this, but it has been quite a good thing. It can happen that you never find a way to go and never really improve, but this year we've always managed to improve during the weekend.”
WHAT HAS BEEN THE WEAKEST ASPECT OF THE SEASON SO FAR?
“The weakest point has to be starting the weekend with a car that somehow, I wasn't comfortable with, and I couldn't really push or bring the most out of the car in the first Free Practice or Qualifying and for sure that compromises the whole weekend.
“So that's for sure something that we're really working on and for sure we've got to get stronger at that part.”
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT THIS SEASON?
“I have learned quite a lot this season, obviously having good drivers on the other side, racing with them, also having Zhou as a teammate, you learn quite a lot. I think the most important thing I've learned is you have to be consistent in this Championship and that's something I didn't do in the beginning, for example in Bahrain.
“As you see, the guys who are at the front, it's just consistency that matters in this Championship and you try to be there in all the races scoring points so now I'm really focusing on that.”
WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON?
“I'm looking forward to the second half of the season because the first part hasn't been so good, but at the same time, we really had a lot of potential. So, I'm really looking forward to maybe being able to maximize it.
“I'm sure if I can maximize the potential, we can be really fast in all the parts and really dominate. I think first we just have to work on these weak parts and try to be as strong as possible for the second half of the season.”