No points for Richard Verschoor on Monaco
The fourth race weekend of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series was one to forget for Richard Verschoor. That talented Dutch driver was unable to score points on the legendary street circuit of Monaco. The KNAF Talent First Driver was fast during free practise but didn’t have enough speed during both qualify sessions which put him back on row eight on the starting grid for both races. Monaco is known as a circuit where overtaking is very hard and Verschoor was unable to overtake much other drivers. He went home with no championship points finishing 13th and 14th. “I did drive like I always do but somehow it’s just not good enough,” a frustrated Richard Verschoor explains after the races.
A week after a tough racing weekend on Silverstone Circuit Richard Verschoor had a new chance on the street circuit of Monaco. He set the some goals as he did last year, finishing in the top eight and score important points for the championship. During free practise he started very fast and finishing ninth overall, a very promising start of the weekend.
“I am always able to adjust fast to a new circuit. This weekend it was just like other weekends. I was fast enough and able to drive a top ten time. But eventually that time wasn’t fast enough at all. It is hard to predict your time is fast enough for qualification.”
On the short and narrow street circuit of Monaco the qualify sessions were divided in two separate sessions. Verschoor finished his session on eight position which meant he had to start both races from row eight on the starting grid. Starting in midfield on Monaco means fighting for points is almost impossible and fighting for podium or victory is impossible. Verschoor was able to win some places during both races but that didn’t bring much joy to the young driver. The 17 year old Dutchman doesn’t have an explanation for his lack of speed yet.
“I really don’t understand it. I am driving like I always did, also during the winter tests when I was fast enough and able to drive descend times. I really felt I was in control of the Formula Renault, just like I was in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand this winter. But now, the speed just isn’t there.”
Verschoor will be receiving a completely new package on his Formula Renault from the upcoming race at the Red Bull Ring. “I am putting my hopes on that. I am not saying it is just the car but with this new package we are able to rule out a possible explanation of my lack of speed at the moment. I will be joining the team and will watch how they completely rebuild the car. I want to learn and grow from that experience also.”Tags: Circuit de Monaco, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Josef Kaufmann, Josef Kaufmann Racing, KNAF Talent First, Monaco Circuit, Monaco Gran Prix