Date: 31 August 2020
Cover photo: © Dutch Photo Agency
Compared to the last race weekend in Barcelona, we had a completely different weekend. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side. It started with an early red flag during Formula 3’s qualifying session following up by rain, therefore Bent couldn’t set a time.
Before the red flag in qualifying, Richard was the only one to be able to set a fast lap, even though it wasn’t really a fast lap like usual. Due to the circumstances, Lukas was also able to set a lap time but it also wasn’t a real fast lap. In the end, Richard qualified as 6th, Lukas as 19th, and Bent had to start from the back of the grid.
Bent Viscaal: “It feels like a disappointing weekend for us, starting with the qualifying session. Due to the red flag, followed up by rain, it was just impossible to set a fast lap on the wet track. Very difficult race on Saturday where I finished on P23. Sunday was better, and finishing on P16 was okay, but you don’t come to Spa for this. I really wanted to fight for a podium, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t there. I am ready for Monza and we will go for it.”
Richard Verschoor: “We had a really good qualifying session so I am happy with that, but in the first race we had a problem where we couldn’t find the pace on the straights. This made attacking very difficult. We couldn’t find the problem before the start of Race 2, even though the team worked really hard to fight it. It’s tough to start on P1 and finish on P7, I tried to fight back but unfortunately, I just couldn’t.”
Lukas Dunner: “Overall a frustrating weekend for all of us! We just didn’t have the pace! Quali only P19 with one push lap! Race 1 just no pace at all, I only finished P21! Race 2 was a bit better! We started p21 and finished P13! A lot of overtaking and fighting! Did some changes on the car which helped a bit but still there is a lot to find and improve! Thanks to the team and all the people around me!”
This was a completely different race weekend compared to Barcelona, where we won twice. The weekend started great with a really good qualifying session from both Nobu and Felipe. Nobu qualified on P3 and Felipe on P5. This is our best qualifying result this season.
There Feature Race started after a minute of silence for Anthoine Hubert, who tragically passed away in Spa-Francorchamps one year ago. A beautiful tribute accompanied by every F2 team and multiple drivers and personnel from the F1 and F2 paddock.
Unfortunately, early in the Feature Race, Nobu hit Felipe and had to retire with a tough crash. Luckily, he stepped out by himself very quickly and is doing okay. Felipe had to pit and lost a lot of time, therefore he ended up in the back and couldn’t attack anymore. Due to the crash, Nobu’s car was heavily damaged and couldn’t be fixed for the Sprint Race, even though the guys worked really hard and a lot of hours. Felipe had a solid race and finished on P13, after starting on P21.
Nobuharu Matsushita: “Miss judgment from my side today, I’d like to apologize to Felipe and team…I thought My car was already in front of him at that moment before turn in, but as you can see my right rear and his front wing touched. We both could have a strong race but ended a bad way… but I’d like to say this that I never force out someone on purpose and I will make sure that this mistake will not happen again. Thank you for the message that worried about me, I am okay.”
Felipe Drugovich: “We had a really good practice and qualifying, with both cars in the top 5 is very positive! Obviously the Feature Race didn’t go as planned, we had an early contact which decided the whole weekend. I think we have to take the positives with us and learn from the negatives, so that this won’t happen again in the future. I was very happy about the first day, so let’s improve and move over to Monza!”
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