Juniors to the Red Bull Ring for Renault Eurocup

2 years ago in News

The Formula Renault Eurocup heads to the Red Bull Ring with high expectations in terms of results and improvements. For 18-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum it is clearly a case of going with the flow that he and the Arden team have created, the flow that netted their first win at the Hungaroring and podiums at the Nürburgring.

For fellow Red Bull Juniors Richard Verschoor, the 16-year-old Dutchman and 16-year-old American Neil Verhagen it is a chance to take a breath and make some changes to get the results that they and the MP Motorsport team know they are well capable of. Doubtless their combined hard work will pay off.

Ticktum to keep going in the right direction
“Sure I’m looking forward to the Red Bull Ring, we’ve had a great couple of weekends and I think the momentum is with us. The guys have done a great job on the car and they’ll probably make it better still after what we learnt at the Nürburgring. I think the base setting will probably be similar, we’ll be making a few changes but it is a similar track.”

“So hopefully we can repeat the success we had last weekend. I think I am doing a better job now, I needed to improve my mental consistency and I am going in the right direction. I am finding that getting in the zone is easier, I’ve more confidence in the car and it is all coming together, but I can still improve.”

“The one lap pace in qualy can improve, at the Nurburgring it obviously wasn’t too bad but I think it can be better still. The tyres gave us just two laps at Nürburgring, at the Red Bull Ring, looking at previous years it seems as though we will probably get three, even perhaps four, that will help and make things easier for everyone.”

Verschoor keeps positive and persistent
“We know that we have to make improvements, get the car working more to my style of driving, we started to make changes after Q1 at the Nürburgring and we’ve got to carry on.”

“We didn’t test at the Red Bull Ring like some teams did so we have to start work when practice gets going. I have to learn the track as well as I’ve only done time in the sim.”

“I know what I have to do, I have to forget the disappointments of the last few weekends, start again and make the very best of the situation and get the maximum out of the car. That’s my job.”

Verhagen expecting good characteristics
“It looks like a great track, obviously I’ve spent some good time on the simulator though I’ve not get been there. We’ve noticed some characteristics in the circuits where we do better and we think that those are there in the Red Bull Ring so it will be interesting to see how that works out.”

“Obviously the Nürburgring didn’t go the way we wanted and I think that after the last weekend the team is more open to making some of the set-up changes that I would like. So hopefully we have a pretty good base for the start of practice and can make what changes we need to be competitive.”

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 33points – after 13 of 23 races

Red Bull Ring weekend schedule – all times CEST

Friday 21st July

09:00 – 09:50 Collective test 1
13:00 – 13:50 Collective test 2
17:10 – 17:25 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
17:30 – 17:45 Qualifying 1 (Group B)

Saturday 22nd July

11:10 – 11:25 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
11:30 – 11:45 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
15:00 – 15:30 Race 1 (25m + 1 lap)

Sunday 23rd July

11:30 – 12:00 Race 2 (25m + 1 lap)

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