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Publiée le December 6, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Pedro Clerot switches to Spanish F4 with MP Motorsport

Brazilian rising star Pedro Clerot will make a switch to the Spanish Formula 4 Championship in 2023, having sewn up a deal with series frontrunners MP Motorsport. The 15-year-old has already competed in selected Italian F4 rounds in 2022, but will now embark on his first full season in Europe.

Next to his first taste of European competition, Clerot was busy in his home country sealing the Brazilian F4 title with no less than seven wins, 11 podium finishes, three pole positions and seven fastest laps. Now, the Brazilian youngster will prepare himself for his first full-season European campaign by getting to work with MP Motorsport as early as he can this winter.

“It’s great news that I’m able to join MP Motorsport for my first full year in Europe”, said Clerot. “They are a household name in Europe’s Formula 1 feeder series, and it’s a great place to start on my European adventure. Especially in Spain, their winning record speaks for itself, and I hope to contribute to that in 2023. Getting to work with the team soon will definitely help me be well-prepared for the Spanish season. I can’t wait to get going!”

“We are extremely happy that Pedro will be part of our Spanish F4 line-up in 2023”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “As the newly crowned Brazilian F4 champion he comes over from the South American continent with quite a reputation, and he has acquitted himself well in the two Italian F4 rounds at Imola and Misano this year. We are fully aiming to build on that for Pedro’s first full European season in Spain.”

Advancing from his local kart scene, Clerot proved highly competitive in São Paulo’s Formula Delta series, taking second in the 2021 championship with three wins, nine podiums, two pole positions and four fastest laps, before he progressed to his title-clinching campaign in Brazilian F4 in 2022.

Publiée le December 4, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Jerónimo Berrío moves to Spanish F4 with MP Motorsport

Colombian teenager Jerónimo Berrío Mardo has signed with MP Motorsport for a switch to the Spanish Formula 4 Championship in 2023. It will be the 16-year-old’s second season in European single-seaters, Berrío having shown great progress in his first year in Formula 4.

Berrío moves to Spain on the back of a successful first season at F4 level, having taken sixth in this year’s French series. The highlight of his campaign was taking the win in a thrilling end-of-season race at Paul Ricard. Previously having claimed a second place at Valencia and two third places at Spa and Magny-Cours, the win in his debut season underlined the fact that the young Colombian has adapted well to his learning curve. Berrío will now embark on a full season in Spanish F4 while leading up to that, he will also compete in selected UAE F4 rounds this winter, again with MP Motorsport.

“I’m really looking forward to joining MP Motorsport for my second season in single-seaters”, said Berrío. “My recent test with MP Motorsport at Barcelona convinced me that competing in Spanish F4 with one of its leading teams is the best preparation for my next step up on the single-seater ladder. I’m eager to kick off my season with the team and will give it all I can!”

“Jerónimo will be a cornerstone in our 2023 Spanish F4 line-up, and I’m happy to welcome him to the team”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “He has shown much promise in his first season in single-seaters, and we aim to help him deliver on that promise into 2023. A part season in UAE F4 will be further preparation for what should be a strong campaign in Spanish F4.”

Berrío had a hugely successful career in South American karts before he progressed to Formula 4 in Europe. A champion in the Baby Birel category as early as 2012-2013, Berrío went on to take titles and runner-up positions at Micro and Mini Rotax Max levels between 2014 and 2018. The Colombian then proceeded to also lift the crowns in 2019 Panamerican Junior series, the 2021 Panamerican KZ category and the 2022 South American DD2 championship.

Publiée le November 20, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

MP Motorsport, in addition to the championship they won with Felipe Drugovich, has now won the FIA Formula 2 team championship. It is the first time in MP Motorsport’s history that they won both the drivers’ championship and the team’s championship.

In September, Drugovich had already been crowned the champion of the highest class under Formula 1, and shortly afterwards he was announced as a reserve driver for Formula 1 team Aston Martin. MP Motorsport entered the final race weekend in Abu Dhabi with the same number of points as rival ART GP. MP trailed by six points on Saturday, when Felipe Drugovich grabbed a podium by finishing third. This gave him his tenth podium this season, and he added another on Sunday. Teammate Clément Novalak did not get any points in either race but did drive two solid races, overtaking six cars on Saturday and eight on Sunday.

Over the past three years, MP Motorsport has invested heavily in new talent, both in drivers and behind-the-scenes people like engineers and mechanics. Both championships show that the team is on the right track and competing at the top.

Publiée le November 15, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Boya sticks with MP Motorsport for FIA Formula 3 promotion

Spanish racer Mari Boya will step up with Dutch outfit MP Motorsport for his debut season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Building on his previous experience with MP in Spanish Formula 4 and the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA), the 18-year-old from Lleida has chosen familiar surroundings for his first year in the Grand Prix-supporting category.

Boya had his first acquaintance with MP’s Formula 3 car in the recent post-season test at Jérez. Taking part in all three days of the test, the Spaniard showed well during his first kilometres in the Dallara-Mécachrome F3-19 chassis, and will now embark on a season in FIA F3 that for the first time will also include rounds at Melbourne and Monaco.

“It’s a great feeling to know that this winter I will be gearing up for a vital next step in my career, moving up to FIA Formula 3 with MP Motorsport”, said Boya. “It’s so good to be able to do that together with MP. Having worked so well with the team in 2020 and in recent months, I had no doubts in signing with them for my FIA F3 debut. I’m really looking forward to racing in front of all the Grand Prix teams, and can’t wait for the first round in Bahrain!”

“We are very pleased to welcome Mari to our FIA Formula 3 team”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “Although he will be new to FIA F3, he is very much a known quantity to us. In 2020, his first season in single-seaters with us in Spanish F4 was truly outstanding, and it was good to welcome him back into our FRECA team in the course of this season. He already showed much promise during the post-season tests. Now we are eager to use that as a platform to set him up for the strongest possible rookie year in FIA F3.”

Boya had a strong career in karting that included winning the FIA Karting Academy Trophy in 2018, before moving up into single-seater racing with MP Motorsport in 2020. With three wins, 14 podiums and two pole positions, the Spaniard took second in the Spanish F4 Championship. Boya followed that up with a two-year streak in FRECA, taking tenth in this year’s championship after rejoining MP midway through the season.

Publiée le November 4, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

2021 FIA Formula 3 champion Dennis Hauger will join Dutch outfit MP Motorsport for his second season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The 19-year-old Norwegian has high hopes of being among the category’s frontrunners in 2023, as he joins forces with the team that has produced this season’s champion.

Hauger will get his first taste of an MP Motorsport Formula 2 car in the Abu Dhabi post-season test following the final round of the 2022 season at the Yas Marina circuit. MP has signed the Norwegian for all three days of the test, with the intention of helping him quickly acclimatise with the team that is currently jointly leading the teams’ championship. In his rookie season in Formula 2, Hauger took two victories already – in the sprint race at Monaco and the feature race at Baku – and is looking to finish on a high in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of breaking into the top ten in the final standings.

“I am really excited about joining MP Motorsport for another assault on the FIA Formula 2 Championship”, said Hauger. “MP has been the revelation of this season, consistently producing a great car for every round of the season. We have recognised that, and it’s wonderful news that we have been able to make the deal work. I’m looking forward to working with the team starting at the Abu Dhabi test, which I hope will be our jump start to a very successful 2023 season.”

“We are absolutely delighted that someone of Dennis’ calibre will be part of our Formula 2 programme in 2023”, said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “His 2021 Formula 3 title year is still fresh on my mind – he made no prisoners and was truly outstanding. With the knowledge and experience that he has gained in his F2 rookie season, I’m positive that he will translate those into consistent pace-setting form and more results like the ones he produced at Monaco and Baku this year.”

Before stepping up to Formula 2, Hauger spent two years in FIA F3, wrapping up the title in dominant fashion in 2021. In 2019, he took the Italian Formula 4 title by storm with 12 wins, 16 podiums and five pole positions while also claiming second in the German F4 series, racking up another six wins, ten podiums and five poles. In his first season in single-seaters, the Norwegian took fourth in British F4 in 2018, with four wins, ten podiums and two pole positions.

Publiée le September 10, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

MP Motorsport claims milestone F2 title with Felipe Drugovich

Dutch team MP Motorsport and its driver Felipe Drugovich clinched FIA Formula 2 drivers championship today, the most important title the team has won in its 27-year history. This followed a season in which the Brazilian stood head and shoulders above the competition, taking most wins of the season and consistently scoring in the remaining races to give him a commanding lead in the standings. This cushion allowed Drugovich to secure the title for MP with three races still to go.

This afternoon, Drugovich was crowned the 2022 FIA F2 champion without completing a single lap, after being forced off the track by an opponent in the second chicane. The Brazilian, however, had started the race weekend at Monza with a 70-point lead, with a total of 78 points still to be won in four races. With his title rival also failing to score at the Italian circuit, Drugovich had already done enough to claim the title, a milestone in the history of the Dutch team.

MP Motorsport and Drugovich laid the foundations for their title run early in the season. Late March, the Brazilian won the feature race on Jeddah’s street circuit, the fourth of a total of 28 races comprising the 2022 F2 season. With his win in Saudi Arabia, Drugovich took over the championship lead to never relinquished it again. In the following six races he added three more victories to his season’s tally – a unique double at Barcelona and a famous win in the streets of Monaco – before going on to score points in every round of the championship. The MP driver’s fifth victory, last week at Zandvoort, put him almost beyond reach of his main rival.

MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

“It’s amazing, I really have no words for this,” said a jubilant Drugovich straight after winning the title. “When you start as a young driver you only dream about F1, but when you see how difficult it is to win an F2 title, this becomes a dream – and today it became the truth. We really tried to be consistent this year, to really have the pace in every race. It really says a lot. We managed to get it done really early, so yeah – top of the world now!”

“I warmly congratulate Felipe on his title – he is the deserved champion!” said MP’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “He has been mighty all season and I am truly proud of the way the team has supported him. Our cooperation with Felipe was rock-solid – he was simply the best on track on several occasions and we continued to score points in weekends that proved more of a challenge. Now, together with Felipe and teammate Clement Novalak, we hope to claim the teams championship as well. We’ll be gunning for that in November, on the final F2 weekend at Abu Dhabi.”

“Felipe’s superb performance is the crowning glory of our work and a fitting reward for the strategic choices we have made in recent years,” said Henk de Jong, who became owner of the team in 2005 and stood on the podium at Zandvoort together with Drugovich. “The structure of our talent ladder is well and truly in place now – we are frontrunners in every category we compete in, fully living up to our new motto ‘Accelerating Talent’. And yet, despite the team’s growth over the past 27 years, we have in many ways remained unchanged. The family atmosphere of yesteryear is still there – at MP it’s always fun. That’s precisely the atmosphere in which Felipe was able to thrive and get the best out of himself.”

MP Motorsport was founded in 1995. Initially racing in Formula Ford, it opted to step up to Formula Renault in 2003. Current team principal Sander Dorsman became involved with the team in 2005. In 2011, under the leadership of De Jong and Dorsman, the team set out on growth path that has led to MP Motorsport from 2018 onwards paving the entire single-seater road to Formula 1, running teams in Formula 4, Formula Renault/Regional, GP3/Formula 3 and GP2/Formula 2.

MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Publiée le September 5, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

MP Motorsport wins twice in Zandvoort

3 podiums and leading the championship again

MP Motorsport won twice at their home race, took a podium and regained the lead in the FIA Formula 2 championship. It was long awaited to come back to Zandvoort, with a full home crowd at the track. On Friday, championship leader Felipe Drugovich took pole position, allowing him to start Sunday’s race from first place. Teammate Clément Novalak qualified in 10th position, allowing him to start from first on Saturday. In the F2 and F3 races, the top 10 and top of qualifying are reversed for the first race. Clément finished second, giving him his first podium in his F2 career.

Saturday started well when Caio Collet took the first win of the weekend for the team in the Formula 3 Sprint Race. He started from the fourth position, and due to his fast start, he was soon in the second position. After a few laps, he was able to take the lead of the race and kept it. This was Collet’s second win of the F3 season.

Sunday’s hectic Formula 2 race started early after the Formula 3 race. Drugovich took the lead immediately and didn’t let go, despite several moments when the safety car brought all the cars back together. Felipe Drugovich has a chance to take the championship next week in Monza, as Theo Pourchaire only scored 1 point this weekend. Both podia finish also put the team back on top of the championship standings.

Current F2 driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 233 points
P15 Clément Novalak – 36 points
Current F2 team standings:
P1 MP Motorsport – 269 points

Current driver standings:
P8 Caio Collet – 80 points
P9 Alex Smolyar – 74 points
P14 Kush Maini – 31 points
Current team standings:
P4 MP Motorsport – 185 points

ZANDVOORT (NL), 02-04 September 2022: Grand Prix of the Netherlands 2022 at Circuit Zandvoort. Caio Collet #10 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Publiée le August 30, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

MP Motorsport has a strong start after the summer break

Formula 2

We’ve had a great comeback from the winter break, with pole for Felipe, a podium and double points for the team!

On Saturday, Felipe started from the 10th position with Clément starting from P16. Both had a great race, Felipe quickly got up to the sixth position in the opening laps. In the 11th lap, the safety car had to come out. With a few other drivers, Felipe immediately changed to soft tyres and ended up behind Clément in P12. With only four laps left, the safety car went back in and Felipe flew through the field. In the final lap he was able to finish fourth. Clément finished in P17.

Clément’s Feature Race went much better compared to the Sprint Race. Within 6 laps he was already driving in the eleventh position, coming from P16. Felipe kept the lead of the race, until he came in for a pit stop. When he came out of the pit stop, he was driving behind Doohan, virtually in P2. He got very close towards the end but due to a virtual safety car in the final laps, he couldn’t close the gap. He took his eight podium finishing second. Clément finished in P10, but due to a post race penalty, he gained another position and scored two points!

Current driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 205 points
P15 Clément Novalak – 28 points
Current team standings:
P3 MP Motorsport – 233 points

Francorchamps (BEL), AUG 26 – 28 2022 – Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Felipe Drugovich #11 MP Motorsport. © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Formula 3

Like in Formula 2, the weekend started great for another Brazilian. Caio got his first pole this season, and the second for the team! On the wet track, Alex qualified in seventh and Kush in P15.

All 3 drivers had a clean start during the Sprint Race on Saturday morning, although the safety car was deployed within the opening laps. After two laps of racing, the safety car came out on track again after a big incident. Fortunately, both drivers were okay and got out of their cars by themselves. Due to the crash the race was red flagged and all cars came back to the pitlane. Alex used the restart of the race to come back on the podium and finished third. Caio managed to get one point by finishing in P10 and Kush finished in P13.

The Feature Race was a tough race for Kush, as he crashed into multiple cars in the first lap. He was penalised for it by receiving a 5-grid penalty during the next round in Zandvoort. Caio received a 5-second penalty during the race, for rejoining the track in an unsafely matter, during a fight in the first few laps on track. This made him drop from third to 6th when he crossed the finish line. Alex scored another few points by finishing 9th.

Both Formula 2 and Formula 3 immediately switch from Spa-Francorchamps to Zandvoort, for the second round of the final triple header.

Current driver standings:
P8 Alex Smolyar – 73 points
P8 Caio Collet – 63 points
P13 Kush Maini – 31 points
Current team standings:
P3 MP Motorsport – 167 points

Francorchamps (BEL), AUG 26 – 28 2022 – Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Alexander Smolyar #11 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Publiée le July 30, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Sami’s first podium

The final race weekend for FRECA before the summer break was held at Spa-Francorchamps. Dilano was back this race weekend after being absent due to an injury, and Mari Boya joined us for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Due to the 24h of Spa, the race weekend already started on Wednesday with the first Collective Test. The first race was on Friday, with its qualifying session that morning. Sami set a great time which let him start from P4. He was able to change that into his first podium finish, after multiple post-race penalties Sami was promoted to the second position! Mari finished in 13th and Dilano on P27.

Spa (BEL), JUL 27-30 2022 – Round 7 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at circuit Spa Francorchamps Belgium. Sami Meguetounif #17, MP motorsport. © 2022 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

The second race started with two bigger crashes, fortunately, all drivers were okay and got out of the car. The incidents brought out the safety car for more than 10 minutes. After the restart Sami quickly gained two places and was now driving on P11, right behind Mari. Dilano had to start the race from the back of the grid due to an engine change and he quickly gained some places, driving in P23. Mari scored his first point with the team finishing tenth, with Sami in P11 and Dilano in p24.

Current driver standings:
P8 Mari Boya – 67 points
P15 Sami Meguetounif – 20 points
P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points

Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 110 points

FRECA will now enjoy their summer break and will be back on 9 September, when they visit Spielberg.

Publiée le July 24, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Double points and a podium

MP Motorsport had a positive weekend at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. It was a hot weekend where the sun shone full on, making tyre strategy even more important.

Initially, Felipe Drugovich finished fourth in both races, but after several penalties were given after the race he was promoted to third. The Brazilian thus took his seventh podium of the season. Saturday’s race started a little harder for Clément Novalak, who was driving on his home track, as he couldn’t get away during the formation lap. He had to start the race from the pitlane and finished 17th.

The strategy of Sunday’s race went perfectly for the Frenchman. He started from the 15th position and finished eighth. He finished in the points for the third time this season. Teammate Felipe Drugovich started from the sixth position on Sunday. He started the race on the hard tyre, all drivers around him in the top 10 started on the soft tyre. As a result, he lost a few positions at the start, but by changing to the soft tyre, he regained them towards the end of the race and finished fourth. Felipe also set the fastest lap, for which he received an extra point.

No time to rest, Formula 2 moves on to Budapest next weekend.

Current driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 173 points
P15 Clément Novalak – 26 points

Current team standings:
P2 MP Motorsport – 199 points

Le Castellet (FRA), July 21 – 23 2022 – Round 9 of Formula 2 Championship 2022 at Circuit Paul Ricard. Felipe Drugovich #11 MP Motorsport. © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Publiée le July 13, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Tough weekend in Budapest

The race weekend started tough with Dilano still not able to drive due to his injury. However, unfortunately, we also missed Michael Belov this weekend, as he couldn’t join us due to personal obligations. Francesco Braschi replaced Dilano this weekend, and would drive together with Sami.

Budapestt (HUN), JUL 8-10 2022 – Round 6 of Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine 2022 at the Hungaroring. Sami Meguetounif #17, MP motorsport. © 2022 Niels Broekema/ Dutch Photo Agency.

The first race on Saturday was a good one for Sami. He started from P17 and finished on P12. Outside of the points, but nevertheless, a good result with some great overtakes. Unfortunately, he received a post-race penalty for causing a collision which dropped him back to P17. Francesco had a solid race and finished on P23.

The second race finished quite quickly for Sami, as he collided with Bernier in the opening laps. Francesco was able to drive around some chaos, and like in the first race, he finished on P23.

Current driver standings:
P6 Michael Belov – 93 points
P19 Sami Meguetounif – 2 points
P30 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 0 points

Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 95 points

FRECA is back in two weeks’ time. They will drive at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit at the final weekend of July, right before they have their summer break.

Publiée le July 13, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Podiums for Kirill and Valerio

Right before the drivers head towards their summer break, they had their fourth round in the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps. An old-school track where our F4 team also went to last year. The first two races were very good, where Valerio took a podium in the first race and Kirill in the second race. The third race had more ups than downs, as quite some drivers unfortunately crashed or had damage.

Especially the second qualifying session was a good one for the team. 6 out of 7 drivers qualified within the top 10. During the first race, 4 drivers were able to score points. Valerio finished the race third, with Kirill right behind him in the fourth position. Christian and Suleiman finished 9th and 10th. In the second race, Valerio and Kirill switched positions with Kirill finishing third on the podium and Valerio fourth. Tern was the final driver in the second race to score a point, finishing on P10.

The final race was a tough one, with a lot of drivers ending up with damage in the opening laps. Suleiman finished 5th and Tymek 8th, these were the only point scorers in the third race. It was a good weekend for Kirill who scored a lot of points, jumping from eight int he championship to fifth.

Current driver standings:
P3 Tymek Kucharzcyk – 116 points
P5 Kirill Smal – 71 points
P6 Suleiman Zanfari – 63 points
P7 Tern Inthrapuvasak – 57 points
P9 Valerio Rinicella – 54 points
P14 Miron Pingasov – 16 points
P16 Christian Ho – 11 points
P21 Sebastian Gravlund – 0 points

Formula 4 will now enjoy its summer break and will be back at the first weekend of September when they race on the Aragon track.