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Richard Verschoor looking for big improvements

2 years ago in News

Dan Ticktum had already shown great Formula Renault Eurocup pace in the wet at the Hungaroring, now at the Nürburgring the 18-year-old Briton showed that he will be just as much a threat in the dry. Fourth overall and first Rookie in the dry Race 1 he backed that up with a great second overall in the soaking wet Race 2.

Fellow Red Bull Juniors Neil Verhagen, the 16-year-old American and 16-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor did not enjoy their German weekend as much but they have less experience and are not as comfortable with their cars.

Ticktum benefits from hard work
“We got lots of points this weekend and it has been a great step forward,” stated Ticktum. “The big thing has been the improvement in the pace in the dry which what we needed, the wet pace was already there. The Arden guys changed the car after the Hungaroring, learning from all the data we got there and they did a fantastic job, it was quick enough to win race 1 really.”

Fast pace
“Early in Race 1 I picked up a lot of rubbish on the tyres and took time to clear that but after the incident with Max (Fewtrell) when I had to go straight on at the chicane, I was the fastest car on the track and that shows the potential for the upcoming races.”

“In the wet today it was pretty difficult conditions, I struggled a bit with the rear but managed that OK. I didn’t want to just sit in second so had a go after the second safety car, I went for it but it was an ambitious move from pretty far back and I couldn’t make it but I think everyone appreciated the effort and we got second anyway.”

Verhagen looking for improvements
“Not the way we wanted it to go at all,” admitted Verhagen. “We didn’t have the car we needed for first qualifying. We needed to do a lot of work before Qualifying 2 and the car was better but with the red flags we didn’t get much running at all so didn’t qualify where we might have.”

“Race 1 I got a good start and overtook a few cars early but after that is was just single file racing.”

“Today was so very wet and I was looking forward to that as it offers more overtaking opportunities but unfortunately after the safety car pulled in Richard and I had a coming together. I was on the normal racing line where there is no grip in the wet, he was off line, we didn’t have space and we touched, he was able to continue but that was the end of my race unfortunately.”

Verschoor looking for big improvements
“We were 1.4 seconds off the pace in practice and that is not right,” stated Verschoor. “We’ve been running a certain set-up but for me that’s not working. I’m behind people that I was quicker than by over a second a lap in New Zealand so something is wrong and we have to change things.”

“We did change the car for Qualifying 2 but it is hard to get used to the changes in a short time and make the best of them. We changed the car again for the Race 1 but it wasn’t good, I got out of position in the early laps lost about four places. I fought my way back but only to 20th, not where I should be.”

“Then in Race 2 it was very wet and Neil was on the normal dry line but you can’t go as fast on the that line in the wet as off it, I guess he hasn’t done much wet racing and he didn’t know that, he does now. I continued, maybe with a bit of damage but that didn’t make any difference in those conditions, it was terribly wet.”

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)

Qualifying 1: 11th (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 21st – Race 1 Result: 20th
Qualifying 2: 7th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 14th – Race 2 Result: 14th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 33points – after 13 of 23 races

 

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