Double Rookie first for Ticktum from Verschoor & Verhagen
All three Red Bull Juniors were impressive in their Monaco debuts with Dan Ticktum taking the trophy for top Rookie in both Formula Renault Eurocup races. Richard Verschoor was the second Rookie in both outings with Neil Verhagen not far behind.
Dan Ticktum takes two trophies
“That was a great weekend,” enthused the 17-year-old Briton. “We are really getting somewhere and I feel that I am driving well and making good use of the car. I think there is still a bit to find in the car but I’m much happier with what I am doing and it was a very good weekend.”
“Just the one qualifying and we didn’t do a bad job, P2 in the group by a couple of tenths, you can put that bit down to track experience, a bit me, a bit the car but it wasn’t bad. The races also were pretty good but not a chance to do much overtaking.”
“In Race 2 Defourny got past, he went through the chicane three times, don’t know why he didn’t catch a penalty for that but it happens sometimes.”
“The main thing is that I am on track now, we’re moving forward and there is a lot to look forward to at the next races. It was an amazing weekend all round, I loved it. As a track I still prefer Macau but this place is super special.”
Richard Verschoor close but denied
“I still can’t be really happy with the weekend, getting the penalty after Race 1 was a big disappointment, still P8 after a ten second penalty but it cost me first Rookie,” explained the 16-year-old Dutchman who crossed the line fifth but was then penalised for a jump start. “I only moved a fraction early, 2 or 3 hundredths, it didn’t make any difference but that’s the rule.”
“The race pace was really good but passing here is just so hard. I still need to do a better job of qualifying, I just have to be able to push on the limit for that lap when I need to and here it is so easy to make a mistake I couldn’t quite do it. P4 in the group wasn’t bad but needed to be better.”
“It’s down to experience really, it does make a difference, the guys who have been round here before, just in confidence and with so little track time and a single qualifying session you have just one chance.”
“Still I am getting more out of the car now and I’m looking forward to the next races,” concluded the double F4 champion.
Neil Verhagen with sights set higher
“I have to say I’m a little disappointed, it could have been quite a bit better,” stated the ambitious 16-year-old American. “We had pace in qualifying, I was running P2 or P3 then towards the end I made a mistake and when I should have been still right there in P2 or P3 I was P6 and even then just four hundredths would have put me two places better.
“With only one qualifying session for the weekend that left me back in the grid for both races and it’s not a place to overtake. I wanted more and it is frustrating when I know the results could have been better apart from one mistake but we learn from these things.”
“Still I really enjoyed the weekend, it has been an incredible experience in all ways, I spent time in the Red Bull Energy Station, just incredible, just not the result I wanted at end of the day. But a great experience and I’ll be back stronger next year.”
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 4th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 6th – Race 1 Result: 8th
Qualifying 2 – Only Q1 – Race 2 Grid: 8th – Race 2 Result: 8th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 9th – 33points – after 8 of 20 races
Tags: Formula Renault Eurocup, KNAF Talent First, Monaco, MP Motorsport, Red Bull Junior