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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 10, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Podium for Caio

Formula 2

It was a mixed weekend for our Formula 2 team. Clément’s weekend started tough when he qualified 20th on Friday. Felipe qualified 5th which is an excellent opportunity to catch important points again this weekend.

He did during the Sprint Race on Saturday. He overtook Verschoor immediately after turn 1 in the opening lap and didn’t give the position away. Clément started from P19 due to penalties for other drivers and had some good moments finishing on P15. The morning of the Feature Race on Sunday was a wet one, and although the sun was shining due to the F2 race, the track was wet when the race started. Clément and Felipe started on wet tyres, as did almost every car in the top 10. Unfortunately, the track dried up very quickly and the slicks were faster. Both our drivers came in for a pit stop to switch to slicks. Felipe finished 13th and Clément 18th. After multiple post-race penalties for other drivers, Felipe finished on P11 and Clément on P17.

Current driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 154 points
P16 Clément Novalak – 22 points
Current team standings:
P1 MP Motorsport – 176 points

Spielberg (AUT), JUL 07-10 2022 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Felipe Drugovich #11, MP Motorsport. © 2022 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

Formula 3

Alex was back in the car after he had to miss the Silverstone round. Qualifying for all three drivers was tough, with 2 minutes to go everyone was improving their times. Unfortunately, due to a red flag, the session was finished early. Because of this, Kush had to start from P26, Alex from P16 and Caio from P12. This meant Caio started the Sprint Race from the reverse pole position. Although Caio didn’t win the race, he finished second and secured important points. Alex was having a brilliant weekend as he scored points in both races! Kush made up quite a lot of positions during the Sprint Race and finished 18th, coming from P26.

It was pouring during the Feature Race, so the race started with a rolling start. The race was going quite well for Caio and Alex, who both made up positions. Caio was driving on P8 and Alex on P11. In the final stages of the race, the safety car had to come out. When it went back in there were only 3 more laps to race. Caio hit the back of Edgar in turn 1, causing Crawford also to fall out of the race. Besides them, Caio also had to retire and received a 5-second penalty for causing a collision. Kush had damage due to the same incident and had to retire the car. Alex finished 8th, and after a few post-race penalties he was classified as 7th.

Formula 3 will be back in Hungary, at the final weekend of July. Formula two will drive in Paul Ricard in two weeks’ time, after taking one week of rest.

Current driver standings:
P8 Caio Collet – 39 points
P9 Alex Smolyar – 34 points
P15 Kush Maini – 17 points
Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 90 points

Spielberg (AUT), JUL 07-10 2022 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alexander Smolyar #11, MP Motorsport. © 2022 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.
Publiée le July 3, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Collecting important championship points

Formula 2

Felipe and the team scored good points in the seventh round of the Formula 2 championship. In the first race on Saturday, due to a rain shower on a very wet track, Felipe finished fifth. Clément started from the seventh position, and with some nice overtaking actions finished 13th.

Sunday’s race had different conditions, being dry and sunny. With a late overtaking move in the final corners of the Silverstone circuit, Felipe gained the fourth position. Clément was doing well, he had a mega opening lap gaining 6 positions, and was on his way to scoring points. Unfortunately, at the end of the race, he finished 13th.

Current driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 148 points
P15 Clément Novalak – 22 points
Current team standings:
P1 MP Motorsport – 170 points

Silverstone (UK), JUL 1-3 2022 – British GP 2022 at Silverstone Circuit. Clement Novalak #12 MP Motorsport. © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Formula 3

Unfortunately, Alex Smolyar could not drive this weekend because of problems with the English visa system. Filip Ugran took over his position. Filip hadn’t driven a Formula 3 car for more than half a year, but nevertheless put in a good race on Sunday where he finished 19th. On Saturday, he finished 23rd.

Both races were dry races for Formula 3, compared to Saturday for Formula 2. Caio was on his way to a podium place, but was overtaken on the last lap and finished fourth. Sunday’s race was smoother than Saturday’s race, where he finished outside the points in 11th place. Kush had a good race on Saturday where he finished fourth, but a disappointing Sunday race where he finished 20th behind Filip. After post-race penalties due to track limits, he fell back to P22.

Both the Formula 2 and Formula 3 teams will race next weekend in Spielberg, Austria, where they will once again join the Formula 1 championship.

Current driver standings:
P8 Caio Collet – 30 points
P9 Alex Smolyar – 28 points
P15 Kush Maini – 17 points
Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 75 points

Silverstone (UK), JUL 1-3 2022 – British GP 2022 at Silverstone Circuit. Kush Maini #12 MP Motorsport © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency
Publiée le May 24, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Three times podium!

Formula 2

We had a great weekend in Barcelona, where Felipe Drugovich won two races!

For the first time in the current F2 era, a driver won two races in one weekend. Felipe took the lead right from the start in yesterday’s race, where he started from P4 after receiving a 3-grid penalty for impeding during qualifying. Clément had a solid race, but he lost a few positions due to having a wide moment in the final lap.

The Feature Race was a mega race for both Felipe and Clément. Felipe came from P10 and started on soft tyres. He took everything out of the tyres and pitted at lap 18. Clément started on hard tyres and switched to soft tyres after 24 laps. Within a few laps on fresh hard tyres, Felipe caught Doohan and took the lead of the race. Meanwhile, Clément was driving through the grid to the fifth position. A result with double points for the team, and two wins for Felipe. Felipe is now leading the championship with a 26 point gap. The team is still leading the Team’s Championship!

Current driver standings:
P1 Felipe Drugovich – 86 points
P14 Clément Novalak – 22 points
Current team standings:
P1 MP Motorsport – 108 points

The following Formula 2 race is in the upcoming weekend when they join Formula 1 in Monaco.

Barcelona (ESP), MAY 19 – 22 2022 – Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. Felipe Drugovich #11 MP Motorsport. © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Formula 3

After having a tough round in Imola, our team recovered in Barcelona.

The results started great for Alex on Friday, when he qualified third. Both Alex and Caio were back in the top 10, scoring points in both races. Kush got stuck in traffic during the qualifying session, which led to him starting both races from P22. Immediately in the opening lap of the Sprint Race, Alex had a great fight with Bearman for the sixth position. It was Alex who had more grip and pace so he claimed the position right before the chicane. Both Alex and Caio had more pace than a few cars in front of them, and in the final few laps, Caio overtook Correa for the final podium position. Kush had a solid recovery and finished P17, coming from P22. Alex finished in the points on P6.

The Feature Race was one with multiple safety cars, compared to the Sprint Race. Kush received a 10-second penalty after he collided with Villagomez, whose race finished in the barrier. It was a good race for Alex and Caio, and with a lot of action on track, the top 10 mostly remained the same after the opening laps. Alex finished fourth and Caio seventh.

Current driver standings:
P6 Alex Smolyar – 28 points
P11 Caio Collet – 18 points
P16 Kush Maini – 10 points
Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 56 points

It will take some weeks before we can see Formula 3 in action again. Their next weekend is Silverstone, which will take place in the first weekend of July.

Barcelona (ESP), MAY 19 – 22 2022 – Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. Caio Collet #10 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency
Publiée le April 28, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Championship leaders

Formula 2 and 3 were back for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola. It was the first time for both F2 and F3 to drive in Imola. Friday, the first track day of the weekend, started with a lot of rain. F2’s practice session had to be rescheduled, as the track was too wet for the session to continue. Later in the day, Formula 2 was still able to qualify.

F3 Qualifying results:

P9 Caio Collet
P10 Kush Maini
P15 Alex Smolyar

F2 Qualifying results

P12 Felipe Drugovich
P13 Clément Novalak

F3 Sprint Race 1

Kush and Caio started on the second row in the Sprint Race, on P3 and P4. Kush had a good start and took P2, but later in the race, he would get a drive-through penalty for standing outside of the box during the start. Caio also had a good start and was driving behind Kush on P3. It didn’t take long before Caio also overtook Kush for the second position. Alex gained one position during the start and was driving on P14. In the fourth lap, Caio overtook Colapinto for the lead of the race. Kush had to defend a lot, but by the seventh lap, he was overtaken by Hadjar for P3.

In the 9th lap, the safety car was deployed after two separate incidents in the same and final corner. Caio had a good restart of the race, but Kush was immediately put under pressure by Martins who overtook him. Not quickly after that, we got another safety car. With 3 laps to go, the grid raced again and Caio kept the lead. In the meantime, Alex had driven himself towards P10, coming from P15. In the final lap of the race, Caio was overtaken by Colapinto for the lead of the race. When defending, Caio crashed with Hadjar and couldn’t continue. An absolute heartbreak for both Caio and the team. Alex drove a very decent race and finished 9th, Kush finished 20th due to his penalty.

IMOLA (ITA), APR 21-24 2022 – Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Caio Collet #10 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

F2 Sprint Race

Felipe had a mega start and made up 6 positions in the first lap. Clément had an unfortunate start, as Beckmann spun in front of him and he couldn’t avoid him. He had to come in for a new front wing, which brought him to the back of the grid on P20. In the 9th lap, Felipe overtook Boschung for the sixth position. Boschung had a problem and parked his car not much later next to the track.

Felipe was stuck in a battle for P4 in the final laps with 2 other drivers. On lap 24, he overtook Sargeant for the fifth position and made up 7 positions in the race. These points were very important for the championship, as Felipe kept the lead on Saturday.

Imola (ITA) APR 22-24 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Clément Novalak #12 MP Motorsport © 2022 Frits van Eldik / Dutch Photo Agency

F3 Feature Race

Right before the race was about to start, some rain fell down and the track was declared wet. Caio and Alex both started on wet tyres, while Kush started the race on slicks. The strategy worked out perfectly for Caio and Alex, who started on P9 and P15. Within a few corners, Caio took the lead in the race and Alex was driving on P3. Both had much more grip than the other drivers in the top 10. Unfortunately, the strategy couldn’t be fully used as the safety car had to be deployed by the second lap. Caio and Alex came into the pits to change to slicks and ended at the back of the grid. Kush was still driving within the points on P9.

The track quickly started to dry up, so bringing Caio and Alex in for slicks was a good decision. Caio and Alex we’re quickly driving on P20 and P22. By the 7th lap, the safety car had to be deployed again. Kush was driving on P6 when the race restarted and had a very decent race overall! Caio and Alex both overtook a lot of cars and finished on P13 and 15. But it’s Kush who got his first points of the season by finishing 6th. After post-race penalties, he was promoted to P5.

Current driver standings:
P12 Alex Smolyar – 11 points
P13 Kush Maini – 10 points
P16 Caio Collet – 4 points

Current team standings:
P5 MP Motorsport – 25 points

IMOLA (ITA), APR 21-24 2022 – Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Alex Smolyar #11 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

F2 Feature Race

Felipe started on medium tyres and Clément on softs. They both had a good start, but after an incident during the start between Doohan and Hauger, the safety car was deployed. Felipe was driving on P6 and Clément on P12. Both made up positions, and quickly gained another position when Vips crashed. The safety car was deployed again, and Clément came in for a pitstop to switch to mediums. By lap 15, Felipe was driving on P4 and Clément on P14.

Nissany crashed into the wall by the pitlane on lap 21. A virtual safety car was deployed and the pitlane was closed, as it was full of debris. Felipe still hadn’t pitted by the 27th lap and was hoping for another safety car to the end of the race. Clément was now driving on P8 with only 4 more laps to go, going towards his first points! The safety car came in the final laps, but it was deployed as a virtual safety car. In Formula 2 you aren’t allowed to pit under a VSC. When Felipe passed the pitlane, the full safety car was deployed and therefore he couldn’t gain an advantage from it. In the end, he finished 10th, and still scored a point. Clément finished 4th and was finally rewarded with points this season! Due to both cars scoring points, the team is now leading the championship for the first time in F2’s history. A mega job from the team.

Current driver standings:
P2 Felipe Drugovich – 50 points
P15 Clément Novalak – 12 points
Current team standings:
P1 MP Motorsport – 62 points

The next Formula 2 and Formula 3 round is in Barcelona, on 20-22 May.

Publiée le March 21, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

The first race of the calendar!

That’s it! We have kicked off the new 2022 calendar with the first round, in Bahrain. Both Formula 2 and Formula 3 are driving together on the same tracks again, supporting Formula 1. The qualifying session for F3 was a busy one. Alex was setting a very fast lap but unfortunately, he was hindered in the final sector and couldn’t finish it. Kush set a lap together which was good for P3, but as he missed the weighbridge moment during the session, he had to start both races from the pitlane.

F3 Qualifying results:

P8 Alex Smolyar
P13 Caio Collet
PL Kush Maini

The F2 weekend started great with a P1 and P4 for Felipe and Clément in the practice session, with only a 1 second between the top 13. Felipe set the tenth fastest time in the qualifying session, meaning he would start from pole position in the Sprint Race.

F2 Qualifying results

P10 Felipe Drugovich
P18 Clément Novalak

F3 Sprint Race 1

Alex started the Sprint Race from P5, due to the penalty Kush received, Caio started from P12. Alex had a good start and was quickly attacking for P4, but Maloney took that opportunity to overtake Alex for P5. Caio gained two positions in the first three opening laps. By lap 6, Kush was already driving on P18. He had gained 12 positions in the first 6 laps.

Caio was in a fight with Leclerc and Vidales for P9. In lap 9, Caio overtook Vidales for P8. With only 5 laps left, Alex was driving on P5 and Kush made it to P15. Alex overtook O’Sullivan for P4 and in the final 2 laps, Alex managed to overtake Maloney and gained himself a podium place. Caio finished on P7 and Kush on P15. Good points for the team, and a promising start for Kush!

SAKHIR (BH), 17-20 March 2022: Gulf Air Bahrain Grandprix at Bahrain International Circuit. Alex Smolyar #11 MP Motorsport © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

F2 Sprint Race

Felipe started from pole but had a difficult start, and fell back to P6. Clément had a good start, where he gained 4 positions and found himself back on P14. In lap 4, Armstrong was spun around which brought out the safety car. Felipe took back P5 during the restart when the safety car went in again. He immediately fought with Lawson for P4, but went wide and had to lift.

With 10 laps to go, Clément was driving on P12, gaining 6 positions. Clément and Hughes collided in lap 16, Hughes had to retire and Clément needed to visit the pitlane for a new front wing. This brought him back to the back of the grid, and he received a 10-second penalty for the collision. Felipe finished the race on P5, and Clément on P19.

SAKHIR (BH), 17-20 March 2022: Gulf Air Bahrain Grandprix at Bahrain International Circuit. Clement Novalak #12 MP Motorsport. © 2022 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

F3 Feature Race

The Feature Race seemed to start well for both Alex and Caio. However, in the opening lap, Maloney went slow. Ciao had to leave the track to avoid hitting him. When he re-entered the track, he hit a kerb and his car jumped in the air. Unfortunately, his suspension broke and after only one lap his race was finished.

The safety car had to come out which was good for Kush. During the restart, Alex drove to P3. By lap 9, Kush made it to P21. Alex was fighting with Correa, but due to a small collision with Stanek, he had damaged his floor. Alex dropped back to P6. Alex and Hadjar were battling wheel to wheel when Alex touched the rear tyre of Hadjar. Hadjar was left with a puncture, and Alex received a 10-second penalty. Kush was driving on P21 and fighting with 4 cars. In the end, he finished on P17. Alex finished as 8th, but due to the penalty, he dropped down to P23.

Sakhir (BAH) Mar 17-20, 2022 – Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit. Kush Maini #12 MP Motorsport © 2022 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

F2 Feature Race

Both Clément and Felipe started the Feature Race on the hard tyres. Felipe lost a few places during the start, finding himself on P15, right in front of Clément who drove on P16. It didn’t take long before the team brought Felipe in to switch to soft tyres, as those were working better on track. Felipe was one of the first in lap 10 who came in for a pit stop, it brought him back on track on P19. Clément was now driving on P13. In lap 14, Clément tumbled down the order due to an engine failure and had to retire.

The strategy was working out for Felipe, as by lap 15 he was driving on P8, as he also set the fastest lap. By lap 17, Felipe was driving on P2 but was overtaken by Pourchaire who had fresher tyres. By lap 25, Felipe was mostly taking care of his tyres and lasting them as long as possible. He was driving on P4 when the safety car came out on lap 27. While the cars were following the safety car, there were two separate incidents in the pitlane, which resulted in a closed pitlane for all drivers. There were two laps left when the safety car went in, Felipe lost two positions and finished on P6. Coming from P10 and having 20 laps old soft tyres, the points were well deserved.

Formula 2 is back next weekend, in Jeddah. Formula 3’s next round is in Imola on 22-24 April, when it joins F2 again.

Publiée le February 14, 2022 par Lois de Bruin

Brazilian youngster Caio Collet has signed to drive for MP Motorsport in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. A member of the Alpine Academy, the 19-year old from São Paulo will remain with the Dutch team for his second season in the F1 Grand Prix-supporting category.

Collet’s decision to stay with MP Motorsport comes after an extremely promising debut season in FIA F3 that saw the Brazilian ace finish on the podium in his very first race at Barcelona. Adding another podium at Paul Ricard as well as a string of other big points finishes elevated him to ninth in the season’s final classification and second in the rookie standings. For his sophomore year, the Alpine junior joins Alexander Smolyar in the Dutch outfit along with a yet to be announced third driver.

“I’m very happy to continue in FIA F3 with MP Motorsport and the enduring support of the Alpine Academy”, said Collet. “We were strong in 2021 – and that was while taking on many accomplished drivers in an intensely competitive championship. With the knowledge that I have gained in my first season, I’m very much aiming to improve on last year’s results. I’m also looking forward to again be racing in the special atmosphere of the Grand Prix weekends, and in front of the F1 teams.”

“Caio staying with us for a second year is a massive coup”, said MP Motorsport’s team principal Sander Dorsman. “Last year, with three rookies, Caio being one of them, we showed that we were right on the pace with the longer-serving top runners in the series and took home a lot of points to bag a fighting fourth in the teams championship. Building on Caio’s talent and increased experience, and teaming him up with Alex, hands us a very strong package for 2022. I can’t wait to attack the season with these guys.”

Collet came third in the 2015 KF Junior World Championship and took sixth in the 2016 OK Junior European Championship before claiming the 2018 French F4 title in his first year in motorsport. Immediately progressing to the Formula Renault Eurocup, the Brazilian took fifth in the 2019 series as the São Paulo-born driver became a member of the Renault Sport Academy now superseded by the Alpine Academy junior programme, before taking second in the series in 2020 and joining MP Motorsport for his debut season in FIA F3.

Publiée le September 27, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

A different location for the finale

Formula 3 was supposed to drive their last round of the season in America, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Due to covid safety, the last round was moved to Sochi where they joined Formula 2 as the support series of Formula 1 that weekend. There was a lot of heavy rain expected on Saturday, so the series moved the first race of the weekend to Friday, late in the afternoon. Just like Formula 2, only 2 races were driven in Sochi, instead of the usual 3 races.

Qualifying

P8 Caio Collet
P12 Victor Martins
P25 Tijmen van der Helm

Race 1

Victor started on pole in Race 1, as he qualified P12 and the top 12 is reversed for the first race. Victor took the lead in the race but had to take the second position after the first turn. Caio was behind him in the 5th position. Caio had to defend in the third lap against Smolyar, which he did perfectly, to keep P5. Tijmen, who started on p25, was driving on P22 with 10 laps to go.

Meanwhile, Victor was being attacked by Hauger for second place. He kept him off for quite a while, but in lap 11, he had to make space for him. In lap 13, Victor came back for a new attack, with Caio right behind him on P4. On the 16th lap, we had a virtual safety car as Tijmens engine blew up. Tijmen parked the car next to the track, so within a lap, all other drivers were back racing. Victor grabbed another podium and finished on P3, Caio finished on P5.

Race 3

Caio’s last race of the season was done way earlier than any of us wanted. During the opening lap, Smolyar’s car jumped a bit and ended on Caio’s front wing, ending his race very early. Tijmen had a very good start and drove to P21 by the 3rd lap. Victor took 9th place, coming from P12. Tijmen was having a good race, as he was driving on P18 in 5 laps. Victor overtook Hauger for the 8th position and was fighting with Correa for the 7th position. Victor went wide and lost 3 places. Shortly after he had to go wide again, to miss out on a spinning Hauger. This made him drop to P11.

Victor made a nice move in the 17th lap, where he overtook both Correa and Iwasa within one move. Tijmen dropped a bit back to P20, as the fight in the midfield was very close. In the final lap, Tijmen managed to come back to P18. Victor finished on P8.

We’ve had a very good Formula 3 season with all three drivers. Victor was the highest rookie, and Caio the second-highest rookie. Tijmen learned a lot and made a lot of experience, finishing the season on a high note. The team finished fourth in the standings, which is a massive improvement compared to the 2020 season where we finished 6th with 109 points.

The final driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 5th – 131 points

Caio Collet – 9th- 93 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 26th – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 4th – 224 points

Publiée le September 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Home race and win for the team

For the first time in 36 years, the DutchGP in Zandvoort was back, and we joined it with the FIA Formula 3. We’ve had a great weekend with fun races, and even won our first race this Formula 3 season! Compared to the many raindrops we saw in Belgium, Zandvoort was great with nothing but sunshine. Victor and Caio had a great qualifying session, unfortunately, Tijmen hit the gravel and had to cancel his last fast lap.

Qualifying

P3 Victor Martins
P6 Caio Collet
P25 Tijmen van der Helm

Race 1

The start of Race 1 was hectic with cars everywhere, but it was a clean start for our drivers. In lap 1, Victor was immediately fighting Hauger and defended his P7 keeping his position. The top 5 were really close to each other, within 2 seconds from the leader of the race. Caio was the fifth driver of the grid and kept putting pressure on Crawford to get the fourth position.

In lap 14, Hauger tried to make a move on Victor but went in the gravel. He was very close to hitting Victor when he re-entered the track but Victor was able to dodge the move. There was a lot of fighting in the back of the field, but Tijmen managed to get through and was able to defend his position. In the 16th lap, Hoggard and Yeany hit each other and were stuck in the gravel. It all happened in front of Tijmen, who was able to move to P21. With 3 more laps to go, the safety car went back in. In the final lap, Hauger was able to overtake Victor on the banking. Caio finished 5th, Victor on P7 and Tijmen on P21.

Race 2

Victor started on P5 in Race 2, and Caio on P8. Victor was touched when they came out of the Tarzanbocht, but he was able to keep control over the car and continue the race in the same position. Caio was right behind the two Prema’s of Hauger and Caldwell who were fighting each other for P6. Tijmen had a clean start and kept his position during the first 3 laps, where a safety car had to come out as Colombo crashed into the barriers. In lap 6 the safety car went back in, with Victor driving on P4 now and Caio on P8. Victor overtook Vesti in the first banking corner of the track and was driving for a spot on the podium.

Victor knew he could have more, and on the start/finish straight, he overtook Cohen for the second position. Novalak wasn’t far ahead of him. With 10 laps to go, he managed to get right behind him. A lap later, he overtook Novalak for the lead of the race. Victor was 8 tenths faster in the past 2 laps compared to Novalak. Tijmen was fighting on P19 before a safety car came out, as Cordeel was stuck in the gravel after a spin. Victor kept the lead in the restart and created a gap immediately. Caio overtook Caldwell for P6, where Tijmen, unfortunately, lost 3 positions in the chaos of the restart. Both Cohen and Hauger fell down the order, which brought Caio to P4! Caio tried to come close to the podium but the gap was just too big to make a move within 1 lap. Victor crossed the line first in a crazy race, which was his first win this season, and the first win for the team.

Race 3

Race 3 had a clean start for Victor, but Caio lost a few positions. He got hit in the Hugenholz corner, where two cars in front of him also almost collided. He managed to come out without any damage to the car but had to fight back for his position. And that’s what he did! Within 4 laps he already overtook Sargeant and was very close to Crawford. Victor didn’t lose or gain a position and was driving on P3, putting pressure on Schumacher and trying to overtake him for P2.

Caio managed to overtake Crawford in lap 12, getting him to P7, but with a gap of 2.5 seconds to Doohan. It took Caio 3 laps to get right behind Doohan and fight for P6. Tijmen had a good start and gained a few positions but in lap 17, he had to give back one position to Correa who overtook him in the first corner. This did not take long, because in lap 18 he overtook Correa again for P21. Correa and Nannini were fighting, as to where Nannini got pushed into the gravel. Correa received a 10-second penalty for this action. In lap 22, Victor tried to overtake Schumacher from the inside of the Hugenholz banking corner, which, unfortunately, failed. He touched Schumacher who got stuck in the barrier. During this action, Novalak overtook Victor, who was still able to continue with no damage. Victor immediately knew he was in the wrong and apologized on the radio, and later received a 10-second penalty. He finished on P3, but due to the penalty, he got moved back to P10. Caio finished on P5. Unfortunately, in the very last lap, Tijmen was pushed into the barriers of that same turn 3 by Correa. Therefore he couldn’t finish the race.

All in all we had an amazing pace this weekend and are still in the game for good qualifications in both the driver and team standings. Next stop Sochi!

The current driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 4th – 117points

Caio Collet – 8th- 87 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 26th – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 4th – 204 points

Publiée le August 30, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

A good weekend for the team

After a 4 week break, F3 was back again to race. We’ve had a tough weekend in Hungary where we did not score points, but came back strong with another podium for Victor in Spa-Francorchamps! It was an eventful weekend, where the keyword was rain. The rain and cold weather immediately started on Friday, during the first practice and qualifying. The rain didn’t set the team back, as Victor and Caio made mega laps and qualified 2nd and 4th. Tijmen, unfortunately, had issues during the last lap, which meant he had to stop on track. This brought out a red flag and finished the session a bit earlier than usual. Tijmen was still able to set the 21st time on the grid.

Race 1

It took quite some time before the first race would start, due to heavy rain. It was set to start at 10:05, but it started 50 minutes later and behind the safety car. Collet would start from P9 and Victor from the 11th position. Both drivers were feeling very comfortable in the rainy conditions, and the team provided good cars with a mega pace. Both drivers quickly improved places, and in the 4th lap, they both get past Sargeant in one move. Caio was fighting Vesti for P6 and had to move quickly in turn 1 to avoid hitting him when he was behind him and covered in his spray. At the same time, Victor overtook Novalak for P8.

Tijmen had a moment in lap 9 where he went wide and lost a place or two, setting him back to P23. In lap 13, Schumacher and Hoggard were fighting for P4, they went side to side up on Eau Rouge. Caio was right behind them, and came with a lot of speed towards Raidillon, while the drivers in front of him slowed down. He was forced to move to the right side of the circuit, and with that same action, he overtook multiple cars, making him move to P4. Unfortunately, he received a 5-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. This made him finish on P9, with Victor on P5 and Tijmen on P23.

Race 2

Due to heavy rain and a massive crash of Lando Norris in F1’s qualifying, the second race of our weekend started an hour later than planned. There was still a lot of rain coming down, but during this race, a bit of sunshine was also coming through. The race started with a standing start with all cars on the full wet tires. Both Caio and Victor kept their position during the start of the race, and Tijmen even gained 2 places! In the 4th lap, Hoggard and Leclerc touched which made Hoggard spin and fell back to the end of the grid giving Tijmen another position.

After 10 laps the safety car had to come out as Nannini spun and couldn’t drive away anymore. After the safety car went back in, the drivers raced up Eau Rouge. Unfortunately, Cordeel and Williams hit each other when Cordeel bounced back on track after hitting the wall. Fortunately, both drivers got out of the car and were okay! There was no time left when the safety car went back in, which meant Caio finished on P4, Victor on P7, and Tijmen on P16.

Race 3

Race 3 started behind the safety car again, as it was absolutely soaking at the Spa-Francorchamps track. Victor started second, behind Doohan. He did not give any space to Doohan and kept close to him from the start. Both were quickly driving away from Smolyar, Caio, and Novalak and created a gap of a few seconds. Tijmen gained two positions during the start of the race, finding himself on P19. The team gave Victor a massive car, and he drove a mega race behind Doohan with barely any sight due to the spray of the wet track.

In the 5th lap, Victor took the lead of the race but went with 4 wheels of the track. While it was a beautiful move, it was an illegal one and Victor had to give the position back as it was too much risk to get a penalty later in the race and lose some important points for both himself and the team. With 4 more laps to go, Victor had a moment in le combe but was able to keep the car on the track and go on but ended up with a gap of 2 seconds to Doohan. After that it was all about bringing the car home safely. Victor finished second, which was his best result of the season yet but was hoping to get his first win. Caio kept his 4th position and Tijmen finished on P19.

Overall, we took some important points home and secured P4 in the team standings with 159 points. Hitech is behind us with 86 points.

The current driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 4th – 96points

Caio Collet – 8th- 63 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 24th – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 4th – 159 points

Publiée le August 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Personal highs and lows

We’ve had a weekend with quite some personal highs and lows in Budapest. Tijmen booked some good results and was happy with the pace and the car the team gave him. Unfortunately, Victor’s and Caio’s weekend started tough by having a difficult qualifying session due to traffic. As the Hungaroring can create exciting moments, it is also one of the toughest tracks to overtake other cars.

Results qualifying:

P20 Tijmen van der Helm
P24 Victor Martins
P25 Caio Collet

Race 1

Victor had a good start in Race 1, quickly driving on P19 after starting from P24 within the first lap. Caio gained 4 places and Tijmen, unfortunately, lost two places. Overall all three drivers had a clean and nice start. After 16 laps, Victor was driving on P15, when Vesti had to quit. Caio had a slight touch with Rasmussen in the same lap, ending up with a bit of damage on his front wing. Both drivers were investigated for the collision but were left without any penalties.

In the end, Victor made up 10 places and could start Race 2 from P15. Caio finished the race on P20 and Tijmen made up his lost positions and finished right behind Caio on P21.

Race 2

As Victor had a mega start in Race 1, unfortunately, that didn’t count for Race 2 as he stalled on the grid. Which meant he was driving in the back of the grid. This time tho, Caio had a massive start. Coming from P20 and in lap 3 he was already driving on P13. Tijmen also had a very clean start, gaining 4 positions.

Victor was trying to fight his way back into the grid but learned how tough it is on this track. With 6 more laps to go, Tijmen overtook Hoggard for the 16th position. Caio was very close to the top 10, as there was barely a gap for four cars in front of him. Victor finished on P25. Tijmen overtook Hughes for another position and finished on P15, Caio also gained one more place and finished P12. Even though both were driving out of the points, they had massive races and booked a good result with the team.

Race 3

The third race of the weekend was a very wet one, as it was pouring on Sunday morning. The start was a rolling start and because of the spray behind the cars, there was barely any visibility. Quickly after the start, the sun started to shine and came through the rain. Unfortunately, that didn’t change anything for Victor. He wanted to overtake a car but ended in the barrier. Luckily, he could drive back to the pits for a new front wing, but this meant he was all the way in the back with a huge gap between him and the car on P29.

Caio had an impressive start in the rain, by lap 8 he made up 6 places and was driving on P19. Tijmen lost one position but was close to Williams driving in front of him. By lap 15 the rain was fully gone and made place for a lot of sunshine, which meant the track would be drying up quite quickly.

With only 2 laps to go, two cars collided which meant a finishing under the safety car. Caio finished on P16 after starting from P25, Tijmen finished on P19, and Victor on P27. After the race Victor received a 5-second penalty for the collision at the beginning of his race, this penalty didn’t change anything for his result.

This was the last race for the summer break. F3 will be back in Spa, on the last weekend of August.

The current driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 7th – 66 points

Caio Collet – 10th – 41 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 24th – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 4th – 107 points