Richard Verschoor unrewarded after hard-fought battles on Red Bull Ring
The third round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship this weekend didn’t bring the result TeamNL-driver Richard Verschoor was aiming for. After the successful race in France last week the Dutch driver was rewarded with just one championship point this weekend on the Red Bull Ring in Austria. After a very difficult first qualification Verschoor was able to climb to tenth position overall in the first race. In the second race Verschoor was driving in a very promising sixth position when he lost two places in a three way battle for sixth position. After the race he was awarded a time penalty of five seconds which threw him back outside the championship points.
Only a week after his strong race on Circuit Paul Ricard Richard Verschoor had to start in the third round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship only one week later. Thirty young talented drivers started at the Red Bull Ring and Verschoor was fully motivated to score big points the famous track in Austria.
Verschoor struggled during the first qualification. With thirty cars on track it was hard to find a free track and Verschoor had to cancel a fast lap because of a yellow flag and another fast lap was lost because of a red flag. With five minutes left to set a lap everyone tried to improve his time and Verschoor climbed from seventeenth to tenth overall. In the last seconds of the qualification two drivers improved their time and Verschoor had to settle for twelfth overall.
Richard Verschoor had a decent start in race one and was able to climb one position in lap four. The MP Motorsport driver found himself in a four way battle for tenth position and that group was right on the tail of the group battling for position one to nine. Verschoor kept on pushing and overtook the driver in front of him in lap fourteen. Because of the battles on track Verschoors group lost ground on the group in front of them and Verschoor had his hand full to defend his tenth position. But in the end he managed to keep his position and score one championship point.
Richard Verschoor had to start from tenth position in race two. He had a very strong first lap and overtook four of his opponents. He caught up on the five drivers in front of him and was waiting for any mistakes of the other drivers. But it was Verschoor who found himself under pressure some laps later and he lost connection with the drivers in front of him. He fought hard to maintain his position but couldn’t prevent losing two positions. Despite a lot of pressure from the drivers behind him he managed to maintain his position to finish eight overall. But after the race Verschoor was awarded with a time penalty of five seconds which cost him his eight position to finish twelfth overall. So no championship points in the second race for Richard Verschoor.
“The qualification is very important that turned out once again this weekend. The first set of tyres didn’t work that well and after the yellow flags and the red one there was only one lap left to set a decent time. During that lap there was so much traffic on track which prevented me from really pushing and setting a good time. I have fought both races, showed good pace and some great overtaking manoeuvres. To travel home with just championship point is pretty disappointing. We will analyse why I have lost time and speed compared to some of the other competitors and try to find a solution for that. The team has worked very hard this weekend and I would like to thank them for that,” said Verschoor after the race.
The next round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship will be driven in two weeks time as the support race for the Grand Prix of Great Britain on Silverstone.