Difficult weekend for Richard Verschoor at Barcelona
TeamNL driver Richard Verschoor had a difficult start of his 2019 F3 campaign at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Verschoor qualified as fifteenth which made him start from row eight for the first race. He finished thirteenth overall, after some great overtaking maneuvers, but received a time penalty which threw him back to nineteenth position which was also his starting position for the second race. In the second race Verschoor again was able to overtake other competitors and finished fifteenth. But just like after the first race he was presented with another time penalty which threw him back again to nineteenth overall.
The new Formula 3 championship started this weekend with two races on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The championship is the successor of the GP3 series and the FIA European Formula 3 championship and contains sixteen races during eight race weekends this season. A whopping thirty drivers signed up for the championship which proves it’s international potential. Richard Verschoor made an impressive debut in the GP3 series and switched to the Formula 3 championship this season. He stayed at the highly competitive Dutch MP Motorsport team.
Verschoor was fast in the qualification and only half a second slower than the top three driver. But his speed and time was only enough for a fifteenth position on the starting grid. At the start of the first race he lost one position but was able to overtake some drivers during the next couple of rounds. He overtook another two drivers right at the moment the Virtual Safetycar appeared on track. He decided to give back those two position to avoid a time penalty. After the restart of the race he again lost position but regained it soon after that and finished thirteenth overall. After the race the MP Motorsport driver received, just like a few other drivers, a time penalty for an incident during the Virtual Safety Car which threw him to nineteenth in the overall results.
In the second race he had to start from nineteenth position from the grid. Soon he overtook two other drivers and gained who more positions a few laps later. It was hard to overtake as the time and speed difference between the drivers is minimal so Verschoor had to settle for fifteenth overall. But again the stewards decided to give him, and a few other drivers, a time penalty. Verschoor also finished the second race of the season in nineteenth position overall.
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