The action moves to the Hungaroring in the Euroformula Open Championship and for Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson it is their third race weekend in a row. Fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan was off last weekend and super keen to get behind the wheel again.
It’s a change of vehicles for all of them, from the FIA F3 in the case of Lawson, the 17-year-old New Zealander and 19-year-old Japanese Tsunoda. Doohan, the 16-year-old Australian, was last out winning in the Asian F3 car two weeks ago.
All three should be battling at the front this weekend as the series reaches half distance.
Lawson to turn around
“We were here in the FIA F3 car for testing early in the season but I’ve not raced here,” stated Lawson. “I think it is a great track though, one of my favourites and I think I will especially enjoy it in the Euroformula car. The Motopark guys are doing a great job with it so we should be in a good situation.”
“I know it is up to me to turn things around after the difficulties of the last couple of rounds and straighten things out so my job for the weekend is clear. We have the track time to be well prepared for Qualifying, it is a very different situation to the FIA F3 events and I’m going to make full use of that,” asserted the Kiwi.
Tsunoda happy to know where he is going
“At least I am coming to a track I have driven on, last year and at the FIA F3 test in April,” explained the Motopark team member. “I think this is only the second one that I am familiar with so that makes things a bit easier than at Spa and the Red Bull Ring.
“I’m still going to be working on my track knowledge but the car set-up is quite good, I’m in a good team for Euroformula Open so I have no worries about that. The main thing in Qualifying will be track position. That cost us at Spa when I caught other cars in Sector 3.”
“Here that is even more important. It is very easy to lose downforce when you catch someone so that is something we have to work out well for qualifying,” concluded the Honda Formula Dream Project driver.
Doohan super keen to learn
“It looks awesome, I cant wait to hit the track,” enthused the Double R Racing driver on Thursday. “I’ve not driven this track nor in the sim. This afternoon we have a free test, the pit lane is open for four hours so that’s a big help. I don’t think the team has a lot of reference for here but that was the same at Hockenheim and we did OK.”
“I walked and cycled it this morning and I think it’s going to be great. I know that I have things to work on, fine tuning my driving in the Euroformula car and we need to beat those Motopark cars, we’ve been quicker sometimes, we are thereabouts but we need to beat them. To be honest I don’t know exactly what that’s going to take, it’s something we have to work on.”
Championship Classification – Top 6
- Marino Sato (Motopark) 154 points
- Liam Lawson (Motopark) 104
- Yuki Tsunoda (Motopark) 98
- Lukas Dunner (Teo Martin) 92
- Julian Hanses (Motopark) 74
- Jack Doohan (Double R) 28
Hungaroring weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 5th July
11:24 – 12:04 Free Practice 1
15:35 – 16:15 Free Practice 2
Saturday 6th July
10:40 – 11:05 Qualifying 1
15:00 – Race 1 (17 Laps)
Sunday 7th July
09:00 – 09:25 Qualifying 2
13:00 – Race 2 (17 Laps)