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Amaury Cordeel steps up to Formula Renault Eurocup with MP Motorsport mp motorsport news

Amaury Cordeel steps u...

Newly-crowned Spanish F4 champion Amaury Cordeel has signed to drive for MP Motorsport in the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup. The 16-year-old Belgian stays with the Dutch team for his promotion to Formula Renault level, having also raced with MP during his 2018 Formula 4 campaign.

Cordeel steps up to Formula Renault after a busy season in Formula 4, dovetailing the Spanish and SMP championships with MP Motorsport while also taking in selected outings in the German and Italian series. His Spanish season proved to be the most successful, Cordeel racking up four wins, 12 podiums, three poles and nine fastest laps on his way to the title.

The Belgian now joins second-year Formula Renault drivers Victor Martins and Lorenzo Colombo in a strong line-up at MP Motorsport, the team that with Christian Lundgaard came close to winning the 2018 drivers’ title.

“I am happy to be staying with MP for my promotion to Formula Renault”, said Cordeel. “Sticking with the team will be a known quantity in a year in which it will be all change for me – moving up one level, and with all-new cars. However, MP has a winning record in the Eurocup, so I hope that along with Victor and Lorenzo we can add to that in 2019.”

“It’s nice that Amaury has chosen to move up with us”, said Sander Dorsman, team manager at MP Motorsport. “We worked very well together last year, and I’m sure we will build on that level of cooperation for a solid debut season for Amaury in Formula Renault.”

The 16-year-old driver from Elversele near Antwerp joined MP last winter on the back of a season of previous F4 experience, having raced in the 2017 French F4 championship already.

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Lorenzo Colombo sides with MP Motorsport for second Eurocup season mp motorsport news

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Italian Formula Renault driver Lorenzo Colombo has sided with MP Motorsport for his second season in the Formula Renault Eurocup. The 18-year-old driver from Milan joins the Dutch team on the back of a very promising debut season in the renowned European single-seater feeder category.

Colombo was one of the most exciting rookie drivers in the Eurocup last season, claiming two poles and five podium finishes while scoring consistently in almost every other round on his way to sixth position in the series’ final classification. The Italian then got to know MP Motorsport by taking in two days of GP3 testing with the team in Abu Dhabi. The second-year driver now joins Frenchman Victor Martins in a strong 2019 Eurocup line-up for MP Motorsport.

“I’m very pleased to team up with MP for my second season in the Eurocup,” said Colombo. “Their cars were among my strongest opponents last year, and I’m sure they will shine with the new car for the series. Working with them in Abu Dhabi during the GP3 test confirmed I was right about my choice, and I’m sure that MP Motorsport were pleased about my performance and working method. I’m glad to have a competitive teammate like Victor because I battled a lot with him last year. I’m physically and mentally ready to give the maximum for next season.”

“We’re very proud that Lorenzo has decided to join MP’s 2019 Eurocup challenge”, said Sander Dorsman, team manager at MP. “Last year in the Eurocup, Lorenzo was always a threat to the established frontrunners, and his two pole positions showed the speed that he is capable of. I’m sure that he will use his first-year experience to regularly challenge for wins this year.”

Stepping up from karts in 2016, Colombo finished 12th, claiming second place in the rookie standings, in his debut season in Italian F4 before clinching third place in the championship in 2017, taking two wins, eight podiums and seven pole positions. Last year, Colombo dovetailed the Eurocup and selected races in the NEC series in Formula Renault, also claiming two podiums and a pole position in the latter series.

Lorenzo Colombo stapt over naar MP Motorsport voor tweede Eurocup-seizoen

De Italiaanse Formule Renault-coureur Lorenzo Colombo stapt over naar MP Motorsport voor zijn tweede seizoen in de Eurocup Formule Renault. De 18-jarige Milanees gaat bij het Nederlandse team aan de slag na een veelbelovend debuutseizoen in de vermaarde Europese formuleklasse.

Colombo was een van de debutanten die vorig jaar flink in het oog sprong in de Eurocup. Hij liet twee pole positions en vijf podiumplaatsen noteren en scoorde daarnaast punten in vrijwel elke ronde van het kampioenschap, op weg naar een zesde plaats in de eindstand. De Italiaan maakte vervolgens kennis met MP Motorsport tijdens twee dagen testen met het team in Abu Dhabi, waar hij de GP3-auto van MP reed. De tweedejaars wordt nu de teamgenoot van Fransman Victor Martins, die al eerder voor MP tekende.

“Ik ben erg blij dat ik met MP aan mijn tweede seizoen in de Eurocup mag beginnen”, aldus Colombo. “Hun auto’s leverden vorig jaar sterke tegenstand en ik ben ervan overtuigd dat ze straks goed overweg kunnen met de nieuwe auto. De samenwerking met het team tijdens de GP3-test in Abu Dhabi bevestigde het gelijk van mijn keuze. Ik weet zeker dat zij ook tevreden waren over mijn prestaties en aanpak. Ik ben ook erg blij met zo’n sterke teamgenoot als Victor, want we hebben vorig jaar onderling veel gestreden. Fysiek en mentaal ben ik helemaal klaar om komend seizoen het maximale te geven.”

“We zijn er trots op dat Lorenzo voor MP heeft gekozen voor zijn aanval op de Eurocup in 2019”, aldus Sander Dorsman, teammanager bij MP. “Vorig jaar was Lorenzo altijd een dreigende factor in de strijd met de gevestigde orde. Zijn twee poles lieten zien tot welke snelheid hij in staat is. Ik weet zeker dat hij kan bouwen op de ervaring van zijn debuutseizoen om komend jaar te strijden om overwinningen.”

Colombo promoveerde in 2016 uit de kartsport en finishte als 12e in zijn eerste seizoen in de Italiaanse F4. Hij werd daarbij de op één na beste rookie. Het jaar erop werd hij derde in de eindstand, met twee overwinningen, acht podiumplaatsen en zeven poles. Vorig jaar combineerde Colombo de Eurocup met diverse races in de NEC. Ook in dat kampioenschap behaalde hij twee podiumplaatsen en een pole.

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20 years MP Motorsport Shop

20 years MP Motorsport

This book tells the story of 20 years of MP Motorsport, Holland’s most renowned motor racing team – how it started as a modest Formula Ford team and went through many highs and lows to reach GP2. Experience all their adventures through the eyes of the best photographers and the memories of team members, drivers and others linked to the team.

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Merry Christmas and Ha...

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“This corner I l...

Each driver has their favourite corner. A corner that feels so well when you take it. A turn that nobody can do better than you do.

We asked our GP3 and Formula 2 drivers what their favourite corner is and what their most unfavourite corners is.

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Victor Martins moves to MP Motorsport for second Formula Renault Eurocup season mp motorsport news

Victor Martins moves t...

Published: 21/Dec/2018

Talented French youngster Victor Martins has signed with MP Motorsport to embark on a second campaign in the Formula Renault Eurocup. Martins joins the Dutch squad after a debut season that netted him fifth place in the final standings.

The 17-year-old driver from Varennes joins MP Motorsport early in the winter season, allowing him plenty of time to acclimatise to the team. Martins’ switch comes after a highly promising first year in the category that brought him 2 wins, 6 podiums, 2 pole positions and 2 fastest laps.

“It’s great to know so soon what I will be doing next year”, said Martins. “It allows me to prepare myself well for an important second year in the Eurocup, which will switch to new cars for 2019. That means that it will be a level playing field for everyone. Being secure about my plans will help me get a head start on the competition, as I will be working with MP throughout the entire winter. I fully expect that as a team we can be frontrunners again.”

“It’s fantastic news that Victor is joining us for our 2019 Eurocup campaign”, said MP Motorsport’s team manager Sander Dorsman. “He was an exceptional rookie, often challenging and at times beating the more experienced drivers in the series. I’m convinced that with Victor we can again aim for wins and ultimately the title, as we did in 2018.”

It will be Martins’ third year in car racing, having graduated from karts to French Formula 4 in 2017. Taking 4 wins, 11 podiums, 5 poles and 9 fastest laps on his way to the runner-up spot in the championship laid the foundation for his first season in Formula Renault, in which he combined the Eurocup with selected NEC outings. In the latter series Martins claimed another 2 wins, 4 podiums, a pole and three fastest laps.

Victor Martins verhuist naar MP Motorsport voor tweede seizoen in Eurocup Formule Renault

Het Franse racetalent Victor Martins heeft bij MP Motorsport getekend voor een tweede seizoen in de Eurocup Formule Renault. Martins voegt zich bij het Nederlandse team na een debuutseizoen dat hem een vijfde plaats in de eindstand opleverde.

De 17-jarige coureur uit Varennes komt al vroeg in de winter over naar MP Motorsport. Zo heeft hij ruim voldoende tijd om aan het team te wennen. Martins’ overstap komt na een veelbelovend eerste jaar in de klasse dat resulteerde in twee overwinningen, zes podiumplaatsen, twee poles en twee snelste ronden.

“Het is geweldig dat ik al zo vroeg weet wat ik volgend jaar doe”, aldus Martins. “Zo kan ik mezelf goed voorbereiden op mijn belangrijke tweede jaar in de Eurocup, vooral omdat we in 2019 overstappen op een nieuwe auto. Dat betekent dat iedereen vanaf nul begint. Dat ik nu al zeker ben van mijn plannen, zal me helpen om in de voorbereiding al voorsprong op de concurrentie te nemen, want ik ga de hele winter met MP aan de slag. Ik verwacht dat we als team opnieuw vooraan kunnen meestrijden.”

“Het is fantastisch nieuws dat Victor voor ons komt rijden in het Eurocup-seizoen 2019”, aldus MP’s teammanager Sander Dorsman. “Als rookie heeft hij uitzonderlijk gepresteerd. Vaak maakte hij het de meer ervaren coureurs moeilijk en wist hij ze zelfs diverse keren te verslaan. Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat we met Victor opnieuw voor zeges en de titel kunnen vechten, net zoals we in 2018 hebben gedaan.”

Het wordt Martins’ derde jaar in de autosport, nadat hij in 2017 vanuit de karts promoveerde naar het Franse F4-kampioenschap. Zijn vier overwinningen, 11 podiumplaatsen, vijf poles en negen snelste ronden legden de basis voor zijn eerste seizoen in de Formule Renault. Daarin combineerde de Eurocup met diverse NEC-rondes. In het laatstgenoemde kampioenschap behaalde Martins nog eens twee overwinningen, vier podia, een pole en drie snelste ronden.

Copyright picture: Frédéric Le Floc’h / DPPI

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Three days test results summary mp motorsport news

Three days test result...

The Formula 2 and GP3 season came to an end last week after we finished the final race in Abu Dhabi. Three days later we already had the first test days to prepare for season 2019. Here are the results of each session for you.

Day 1| GP3
Morning session
P1 Jehan Daruvala 1:54.737
P10 Logan Sargeant 1:55.684
P18 Bent Viscaal 1:56.352

Afternoon session
P2 Jehan Daruvala 1:54.461
P9 Logan Sargeant 1:55.342
P14 Bent Viscaal 1:55.616

Day 1| Formula 2
Morning session
P8 Anthoine Hubert 1:51.366
P12 Juan Manuel Correa 1:52.340

Afternoon session
P10 Juan Manuel Correa 1:50.587
P13 Anthoine Hubert 1:51.178

Day 2| GP3
Morning session
P6 Richard Verschoor 1:55.379
P15 Lorenzo Colombo 1:56.323
P17 Ye Yifei 1:56.900

Afternoon session
P2 Richard Verschoor 1:54.799
P9 Lorenzo Colombo 1:55.495
P14 Ye Yifei 1:55.826

Day 2| Formula 2
Morning session
P1 Anthoine Hubert 1:51.116
P5 Dorian Boccolacci 1:52.173

Afternoon session
P8 Dorian Boccolacci 1:50.39
P20 Anthoine Hubert 1:52.597

Day 3| GP3
Morning session
P8 Lorenzo Colombo 1:55.691
P9 Ye Yifei 1:55.710
P14 Bent Viscaal 1:56.233

Afternoon session
P3 Ye Yifei 1:55.174
P5 Lorenzo Colombo 1:55.269
P8 Bent Viscaal 1:55.465

Day 3| Formula 2
Morning session
P2 Anthoine Hubert 1:51.323
P5 Richard Verschoor 1:51.564

Afternoon session
P9  Richard Verschoor 1:50.501
P14 Anthoine Hubert    1:50.790

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Medical Practice ̵...

Spending time with the engineer speaking about the upcoming weekend, track walk, drivers briefing and more for the drivers today. Not only we had to prepare but the medical team as well. Racing is still dangerous, so we need them.

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Pitstop practice!

The Formula 2 team have to practice their pitstops.
You can win a lot of time by doing a good pitstop, and that can make the difference.

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FR2.0 – Barcelona Photos

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F2| Sprint race result mp motorsport news

F2| Sprint race result

Straight after the GP3 race, we continued with Formula 2. Temperatures increased to 33 degrees just before the race started.

Makino stalled at the start, and an extra formation lap was needed. A good decision because the crash of race one wasn’t a small one after Latifi stalled his car as well.

Boccolacci had a good start and took over the 8th position. Niko Kari had a strong start of the race, but he got hit by Galeal on his rear and had to retire. VSC went on and went off two laps later when the track was clear.

Boccolacci tried to make a move for the 6th position but wasn’t able to succeed what resulted in pressure from Albon. He made a move on Dorian what eventually resulted in a three places drop for Dorian. Some drivers started to struggle to keep the pace as well the drivers in front of him. It was from lap 13 on when Dorian began to close the gap with the drivers in front of him.

The DRS was disabled around lap 14 when various drivers had DRS issues. What made it more difficult to overtake for Dorian.

For a long time, not much happened. The pace of Dorian was ok but started to drop off slightly. Eventually, Dorian had to give up one place to Sette Camara and crossed the finish line 11th.

P11 Dorian Boccolacci
DNF Niko Kari

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GP3| Points for Verschoor mp motorsport news

GP3| Points for Verschoor

The last race of the season ended today. The race started at 12:14 local time under the temperatures of 31 degrees.

All three drivers had a great first lap. Richard Verschoor gained five places and ended 9th in that lap. He got followed by his teammate Devlin DeFrancesco at the 10th position, and Jehan Daruvala took over the 14th position.

VSC went on after two incidents happened during the first lap. It was lap 5 when the VSC went off, and Verschoor managed to move up to position eight in the lap after that. Devlin dropped back to position 12, and Jehan kept his 14th position.

Jehan Daruvala got the fastest race lap in lap 8. Both Devlin and Jehan moved up one position during lap 11. Richard Verschoor was constantly driving strong lap times while he was getting closer and closer to the top 7 drivers.

Jehan moved up to the 12th position in the second last lap but had to give it back in the last lap. Verschoor managed to take over the 7th position in the last lap.

P7 Richard Verschoor
P11 Devlin Defrancesco
P13 Jehan Daruvala

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Christian Lundgaard an...

A little interview with Christian Lundgaard and his engineer Diederik kinds about his unexpected news that he will join the GP3 race at Le Castellet. Christian is a Junior Renault driver that won last year two Formula 4 championships with MP Motorsport, and he is currently at the second position in the Eurocup Formula Renault Championship.

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The build-up of the ne...

A little video that we didn’t show you until now! At the beginning of this year, we had to build up the new Formula 2 car. But it worked a bit different than usual because everything was kind of new for the mechanics and engineers.

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FR2.0 – Nurburgring Photos

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F2| Chaotic start of race 1 mp motorsport news

F2| Chaotic start of r...

The first night race of this Abu Dhabi race weekend started at 18:44. Niko Kari had to start from the 14th position and Dorian Boccolacci from the 17th position.

The start of the race started with a big accident. Latifi stalled his car while Maini couldn’t avoid him and crashed into him. Dorian had a good start and gained seven positions (P10) while Niko Kari had to avoid the chaos more at the start what resulted in some loss of positions.

Straight after the Safety car went in Niko Kari came in for his official first pitstop. Two laps later Dorian Boccolacci came in for his pitstop while he was driving on the 8th position, but the crew lost time during his pitstop.

Niko Kari had a little moment at the exit of the second last corner halfway the race. He lost the control of his car on the big “banana” kerb, but he could continue his race on the 17th position. Boccolacci was running 15th at that moment.

The last few drivers did their pitstop with six laps to go. Dorian was 12th at that moment and Niko 15th. Both drivers kept their position till the chequered flag.

P12 Dorian Boccolacci
P15 Niko Kari

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GP3| Difficult race one mp motorsport news

GP3| Difficult race one

Verschoor had to start 12th, Daruvala 15th and DeFrancesco 19th while the lights went off at 12:34 local time.

Richard Verschoor kept his position after his first lap. Daruvala gained a place during the first two sectors but dropped back to the 19th position before he crossed the finish line for the first time. DeFrancesco was 18th after the first lap.

Positions stayed more or less the same till lap 8 when Devlin managed to move up two places (P16). Jehan started to close the gap with the driver in front of him while he was driving top 5 lap times and even the fastest lap during lap 9.

Jehan Daruvala moved up to P18 in lap 11 while Verschoor had a moment where he lost, unfortunately, two places (P14). Not much later with five laps to go Jehan Daruvala received a 10-sec penalty. He got the penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

The chequered flag went out at 13:10. Verschoor crossed the finish line 14th and Devlin 17th. The first race of Jehan wasn’t great in result-wise, but he showed potential speed-wise.

P14 Richard Verschoor
P17 Devlin DeFrancesco
P19 Jehan Daruvala

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Questions and Answers ...

A few weeks ago you were able to send questions to our Formula Renault drivers, and you were able to win a rear wing endplate.
We made the questions and answers during the Monaco GP weekend, and the drivers Christian Lundgaard, Alex Peroni and Max Defourny were able to sign the rear wing endplate that you could win.

Not all the questions were included in the video!
Here are some that were left out:

Max Defourny: Have you ever felt that you were faster than the car you were driving?

* It was a bit of an unclear question, but we all thought that it was all about experiencing the sensation that the car feels slow. So when you are used to a fast car, and you step back in a slow car than yes, it feels like you are faster than the car you are driving.

Alex Peroni: How do you prepare mentally for a race weekend and is there any difference after a crash or do you simply forget about it?

*Preparing start early in the week with my engineer and you start to study onboard and some simulator work, but not really “mental” stuff.
And you have to analyse a crash to see if you can learn anything from it, but if not then forget it and move forward.

Max Defourny: Do you think the Halo was a good idea?

* I rather don’t have it, because it changes the whole concept of formula cars, but it is part of the “evolution”, and we have to deal with it.

Christian Lundgaard: Do you have a dance move to impress women?

* No, I don’t dance! 🙂

Alex Peroni: After a crash are there any procedures you have to follow?

* If it was a hard crash injured or not then you have to do a medical check, and the things they check are really basic things. After contact with any car, you usually have to go to the stewards and the one that caused the problem normally gets a penalty.

Thank you for watching and see you next time!

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The Monaco vlog –...

We competed with the Formula 2 and Formula Renault team at Monaco Formula 1 event this year (2018). Monaco is as always a special race circuit/street circuit, and Daniel de Jong will show you around. He will show you the Formula 2, and Formula Renault speeds through each corner, and Roberto Merhi was talking about his secrets?? Find it out in this video.

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Welcome to MPMotorsport

MP Motorsport is Holland’s Formula 2 team and one of the biggest race teams in Europe. We are competing this year with Roberto Merhi and Ralph Boschung in the Formula 2. MP Motorsport got bigger with a new GP3 team this year. The experienced drivers Dorian Boccolacci and Niko Kari joint our new GP3 team and the Vice Eurocup Formula Renault champion Will Palmer. We will retake part in Eurocup Formula Renault, with Alex Peroni, Max Defourny and with our Formula 4 champion and Renault junior driver Christian Lundgaard. We have to defend as well our Spanish and NEZ Formula 4 champion title, and that is why we compete here as well. Let’s race!

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