Pace, points and disappointments at the Red Bull Ring
The speed was there for Red Bull Juniors Dan Ticktum, Richard Verschoor and Neil Verhagen and they put in some fine drives but the Formula Renault Eurocup weekend at the Red Bull Ring could have netted them better results if the cards had fallen differently.
Ticktum with less points than he deserved
Once again, 18-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum showed his great skill and determination. Crossing the line a hard fought 4th with the fastest lap in Race 1 was a good start to the weekend but that became 9th after a 10 second penalty for an ‘illegitimate move’.
“Yes, it was a shame about Race 1, I was defending, we didn’t make contact but they applied the rules and I got penalised. It was a good race apart from that and showed again that we are very competitive.”
“Still today was a new day, that was forgotten and I was looking forward to a good race. Unfortunately we ran a bit too much wing, it was a gamble and the way the race went it didn’t pay off, too many safety cars and restarts and every time I was a sitting duck, the extra wing just took away too much straight line speed.”
“Sometimes these things just don’t go your way and the weekend was like that really, the pace was there and it could easily have very much gone our way. We can be happy with what we did, still leading the Rookies Championship even though it is closer than it was. There is every reason to expect more really good results in the next races.”
Verschoor picked up pace and places
Dutch 16-year-old Richard Verschoor did a lot of overtaking in both races and while that paid off with an 11th place in Race 1 he was denied an even better finish in Race 2 and some good points when clipped by another car.
“I’m certainly happy with the pace at the end of the weekend even though the results don’t really show it. Especially Race 2 today, starting 12th I got up to the battle for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th and was getting into that but as you can see on the video, the guy just didn’t turn in, spun me round and I ended up in the gravel.”
“The weekend was pretty hard at the start, unlike a lot of the others we had not been here testing so it was a bit tricky, were quite a lot off the pace we needed to have. But we worked hard and got some pace for qualifying.”
“In Q1 the pace was quite good but other guys messed up my best laps otherwise for sure we would have been better than 8th. In Q2 the pace was really good, it is all very close so I was expecting the race pace to be good.”
“In Race 1, going from 16th to P10 wasn’t bad, a lot of overtaking and good pace, I got a penalty back to P11 but was happy with the race. That was really the point of the weekend, the pace was there and I was able to do a lot of overtaking, we just gave ourselves a difficult start.”
Verhagen fighting his way through
Though his grid positions were a challenge 16-year-old American Neil Verhagen had race pace and cut through the pack on both days. On Saturday he went from 27th to 18th and was headed for significantly better on Sunday until another car took his front wing.
“I did make up quite a few places in Race 1 but it could have been even better, I got unlucky when a car spun in front of me and I had nowhere to go but take to the grass and that lost me quite a few places.”
“I’d messed up a bit in practice, it could have been quite a bit better. For today’s race I should have a lot further up the grid but I had my best lap deleted for exceeding track limits otherwise we should have been 7th in Q2.”
“Still I got going OK and had worked up to about P13. Then another car tried to overtake a car in front of me, again I had nowhere to go and clipped his rear wheel and wrecked my front wing. So I had to box to replace that and was at the back of the field.”
“We did manage a better car set-up this weekend so I’m pleased with that but there were just a few small things that spoilt things for us so it was rather disappointing.”
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 8th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 16th – Race 1 Result: 11th
Qualifying 2: 6th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: 26th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 33points – after 15 of 23 races