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Publiée le November 23, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

One final last dance in Barcelona

The final round of the season was held in Barcelona, and it was once again an eventful one. Noah had a very successful weekend with three podiums in three races. Dilano won his 10th race of the season, coming from P6, and Rik Koen was also back on the podium! The first qualifying session was stopped earlier than expected, due to a red flag that canceled all final fastest laps. This meant it was Suleiman’s best qualifying result of the season, as he started from the front row.

Qualifying 1

P2 Suleiman Zanfari
P4 Rik Koen
P5 Noah Degnbol
P6 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P8 Miron Pingasov
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P18 Manuel Espirito Santo
P19 Gil Molina
P22 Emely de Heus

Qualifying 2

P3 Noah Degnbol
P4 Manuel Espirito Santo
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P8 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Rik Koen
P15 Gil Molina
P17 Georg Kelstrup
P18 Miron Pingasov
P25 Emely de Heus

Race 1

Dilano had a mega start, coming from the 6th position and immediately driving on the second position. Noah and Rik stayed close to him on P3 and P4, with Suleiman on P5. After the first round, the safety car had to come out for a driver stuck in the gravel. During the restart of the race, Suleiman took over Rik’s place. But Suleiman went wide, and lost a few positions in the move, getting Rik back on P4. Miron was now driving behind Suleiman.

Georg had made up 4 places, driving on P12. With 8 minutes left, Dilano took the lead of the race. Noah was defending his third position, with Koen and Miron attacking him to get a podium. Marti tried to get the lead of the race back, but couldn’t make a move on Dilano. Within a few minutes, Dilano was able to create a gap between him and Marti. The fight for P3 stayed the same as on the track, with Noah taking place on the podium. Rik and Miron delivered a good fight and scored good points, with Miron’s best finish of the season.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P3 Noah Degnbol
P4 Rik Koen
P5 Miron Pingasov
P11 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Manuel Espirito Santo
P18 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Suleiman Zanfari

Race 2

Rik started on pole, during the first race of Sunday. Rik had a good start, but Janic, who started from P3, had a slightly better start and took the lead in the first corner. Noah started in the 6th position but jumped to third place after the start. Dilano started on P21 and was quickly found on P15. Manuel was spun around by Garcia and got stuck, finishing his race very early. This brought out the safety car.

With only six minutes left, the race restarted as the safety car went back in. Noah overtook Rik for P2. Miron was driving on P5 but lost a few positions during the restart of the race, and found himself on P10. Rik lost another position on the main straight and was now driving on P4, with 3 more minutes left on the clock. But, Rik did not give up and kept very close to Abramczyck on P3. In the final minutes, Rik overtook Abramczyck to get back on the podium. He even got very close to Noah and put pressure on him. Noah went a bit wide, and this was Rik’s opportunity to get P2.

Race 2 classification:

P2 Rik Koen
P3 Noah Degnbol
P8 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Miron Pingasov
P13 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P18 Emely de Heus
P25 Gil Molina
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo

Race 3

Manuel had his best qualifying result for Race 3 and started from P4. Noah also had his best qualifying result and started right in front of Manuel on P3. Noah had a good start, but Manuel stalled and could only start when everyone was already far gone on the track. Suleiman had a nice start as well, where Dilano lost a position and was driving on P9. Suleiman had a lot of defending to do while trying to attack Arkhangelskii for P4. When the clock hit 20 minutes, the safety car came out when a driver got stuck in the gravel.

After a little less than 10 minutes, the safety car went back in. Marti, leading the race, went very wide during the restart and dropped down to P7, with Noah driving on the second position. Georg started on P17, but after the restart, he was already driving on P9, making up 7 places! With 6 minutes left, Dilano had to take his first and last retirement of the season. That was definitely not how he wanted to have his last race. Noah had to keep off Arkhangelskii in the final moments of the race but held on to P2, it was his 5th podium of the season and his third podium of the weekend!

Race 3 classification:

P2 Noah Degnbol
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P9 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Gil Molina
P18 Rik Koen
P19 Manuel Espirito Santo
P22 Emely de Heus
P23 Miron Pingasov
DNF Dilano van ’t Hoff

Final driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 361 points
P6 Rik Koen – 121 points
P7 Noah Degnbol – 107 points
P10 Georg Kelstrup – 65 points
P11 Suleiman Zanfari – 51 points
P15 Manuel Espirito Santo – 35 points
P18 Gil Molina – 19 points
P20 Miron Pingasov – 6 points
P29 Emely de Heus – 0 points

Team standings:

P1 – 581 points

Publiée le October 5, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Dilano and the team became the 2021 champions!

With one more round left this season, we secured the driver’s and team championship his weekend in Jerez. Dilano became the 2021 driver and rookie champion after winning the second race of the weekend. This also meant we won the team championship for the 5ht time! It was overall a very good weekend for Dilano, who took pole for all races and converted them into race wins. Even though Dilano secured the championship, the last round of the season will still be very important for our other drivers and their personal results.

Qualifying 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P7 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Manuel Espirito Santo
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P15 Noah Degnbol
P16 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Miron Pingasov

Qualifying 2

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P5 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Suleiman Zanfari
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Gil Molina
P7 Noah Degnbol
P20 Emely de Heus
P21 Miron Pingasov

Race 1

It was a good start for Dilano, who kept the lead with Ryabov being very close behind him. Within the first lap, he already created a gap of a few tenths. Rik had a mega start, starting from P6 and immediately driving on third place after the start. Noah gained 2 positions in the opening lap, but unfortunately, quickly after he had to retire as he was touched and lost control, finishing in the gravel and being stuck there. This also brought out a safety car, after having raced for about 3 minutes.

After 5 minutes, the race restarted and Dilano held the lead again, even though Ryabov came close to about 2 tenths. Rik still kept his third place, Georg jumped from P11 to P9 during the restart, driving right behind Suleiman who was driving on P8. After a minute, the gap between Dilano and Ryabov increased and was now 7 tenths. Ryabov did not come close enough to make a move during the race. Rik had a lot of defending to do during the race and managed to cross the finish line as third. Unfortunately, he got pushed back to P6 because of a penalty he received for track limits.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P8 Suleiman Zanfari
P9 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P13 Miron Pingasov
P17 Emely de Heus
P18 Gil Molina
DNF Noah Degnbol

Race 2

Sunday’s weather was completely different compared to Saturday, as it was really cloudy, with even a few rain drops falling down. Another good start for Dilano, who again, kept the lead. Ryabov kept much closer to him compared to the first race. Manuel was driving in the 6th position, again in the points. With 9 minutes to go, three cars crashed which brought out the safety car.

With three cars to get rid of, and quite some debris on the track, it took a while before the safety car went back in. With 1 minute and 30 seconds left, the race started again. Right after the first turn, Manuel collided with an FA car, this brought out a red flag as the race had one more minute left. Luckily, Manuel kept his 6th position on the final sheet. All the cars came back in via the pitlane, with Dilano’s second win of the weekend, and he also secured his championship after this chaotic race.

Race 2 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Manuel Espirito Santo
P9 Suleiman Zanfari
P10 Georg Kelstrup
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Noah Degnbol
P13 Miron Pingasov
P14 Gil Molina
P20 Emely de Heus

Race 3

Race 3 started in wet conditions, which is the first time this season. Dilano had quite a slow start, but had the inside line compared to Bordas, and took the lead right before they went into turn 2. Some parts of the track were really wet and with a lot of rain, compared to other parts. Bordas kept close and pushing pressure on Dilano, but Dilano managed to keep the lead in the opening lap. We’ve had a good top 10, with Rik on P6, followed by Manuel, Suleiman, Georg, and Gil finishing the top 10. With 20 minutes to go, Dilano missed the breaking point of the Senna chicane and had to go wide, dropping down to P3.

In the same chicane, not much later, Miron got stuck in the gravel and couldn’t continue. This meant another safety car had to come out, to remove Miron’s car. Right before the safety car came out, Dilano secured P2. Rik, Suleiman, and Manuel were now driving on P5, 6, and 7. Gil was still driving in the points on P9, with Georg right behind him in the 10th position. The safety car went back in, with 8 minutes left on the clock. Dilano immediately put pressure on Bordas but did not make a move yet. With the conditions getting worse and more rain fell down, Noah gained 12 positions and was driving on the 9th position. Rik made it to the fourth position, with Suleiman and Manuel still behind him. With less than 2 minutes to go, Dilano took back the lead of the race. Finishing his third race with another win. In the last lap, Suleiman overtook Rik for the fourth position.

Race 3 classification:

P1 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P4 Suleiman Zanfari
P5 Rik Koen
P6 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Noah Degnbol
P10 Gil Molina
P11 Georg Kelstrup
P20 Emely de Heus
DNF Miron Pingasov

Current driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 336 points
P6 Rik Koen – 95 points
P8 Noah Degnbol – 64 points
P10 Georg Kelstrup – 62 points
P11 Suleiman Zanfari – 42 points
P13 Manuel Espirito Santo – 35 points
P18 Gil Molina – 19 points
P26 Miron Pingasov – 0 points
P29 Emely de Heus – 0 points

Team standings:

P1 – 493 points

Publiée le September 20, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Multiple podiums in Valencia

As for all our series, Spanish Formula 4 also had a well deserved summer break in August. We returned to racing this weekend, in Valencia. The weekend started very well for Dilano, who dominated all qualifying sessions by getting pole three times this weekend. He also set his 10th pole of the season. We’ve seen some good results this weekend, with Suleimans best finish this season, a second podium for Rik, and it was the first weekend for our rookie Miron! The stewards were very strict on the track limits this weekend, which ended up in a penalties during qualifying and the races for a lot of drivers on the grid. In the end, it promoted Suleiman to start from P3 in the third race.

Qualifying 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Manuel Espirito Santo
P8 Noah Degnbol
P9 Suleiman Zanfati
P12 Rik Koen
P13 Gil Molina
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P21 Miron Pingasov
P25 Emely de Heus

Qualifying 2

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P5 Manuel Espirito Santo
P6 Suleiman Zanfati
P7 Noah Degnbol
P10 Georg Kelstrup
P12 Rik Koen
P13 Gil Molina
P16 Miron Pingasov
P22 Emely de Heus

Race 1

Dilano had a bit of a slower start compared to Odegaard, who started second and then took the lead. Dilano was hunting to get his first place back. After a few minutes the first safety car had to come out, and during the restart Dilano immediately felt the pressure from Macia. Unfortunately, in this fight, Dilano lost his front wing and had to come in for a pit stop, with 17 minutes left on the clock. This dropped him to the back of the grid. Manuel also had damage and had to retire.

Rik, Suleiman and Gil had a mega start. Rik started on P12, but was soon fighting on P5, with Suleiman and Gil right behind him on P6 and 7. Miron made up 7 places, which is quite impressive for his first race in Formula cars. With the last few minutes going in, Emely made up 6 places, finding herself on P16. Rik finished as the 5th car, but received a 2-second penalty and a 5-second penalty, dropping him down to P9.

Race 1 classification:

P4 Suleiman Zanfari
P6 Gil Molina
P9 Rik Koen
P12 Noah Degnbol
P13 Miron Pingasov
P14 Emely de Heus
P15 Georg Kelstrup
P20 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo

Race 2

Just like in Race 1, Odegaard had a slightly better start and took the lead, but Dilano kept close again. Manuel got caught in a spin and lost his front wing, with luck not being on his side this weekend. Gil also had to visit the pits after the opening lap for a new front wing. Rik had, once again, a massive start, coming from P10 and driving on P5 within a few minutes.

With 12 minutes left, Miron had to come in for a new front wing, also dropping him to the back of the grid. Georg, who started on P21 had made up 8 positions and was driving on P13. In the last 2 minutes, Dilano tried to make the move on Odegaard for P1. He took the lead while Macia came from P3 and overtook Odegaard in the same move as Dilano did. In the first corner, Macia took the lead then from Dilano. Rik was then able to close the gap due to the fighting of the top 4 and eventually overtook Ogaard for P4. Macia crossed the line first, but received a penalty and dropped down to P2, making Dilano the race winner. Ryabov also received a penalty which promoted Rik to the podium!

Race 2 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P3 Rik Koen
P9 Noah Degnbol
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Suleiman Zanfari
P19 Emely de Heus
P22 Gil Molina
P23 Miron Pingasov
DNF Manuel Espirito Santo



Race 3

Dilano stalled during the start of the race, dropping him to P8. Georg had a mega start, coming from P10 and driving on P6. Rik, who’s been having massive starts all weekend, went from 12 ro 5th in the opening minutes of the race. Suleiman, who started 3rd, was driving on a podium position while Miron made up 6 positions during the first few laps, having a very solid first round! Manuel stalled on at the styart, ending up on P17 from P5.

Dilano already made up 3 places in the first 5 minutes, driving on P5, and he was on for more! With 18 minutes left, Dilano went for P4 and not much later someone spinned on the start/finish line, with Macia also getting off track and being stuck in the gravel. The safety car had to come out. During the restart, Dilano overtook Suleiman for P3. The top 10 was filled with MP drivers, including Noah and Georg, besides Rik, Suleiman and Dilano. After Manuel’s tough start, he fought his way back to the top 10 and was driving on P7, right behind Miron! With 5 minutes left, 7 MP drivers were in the top 10. In the final minutes, Dilano overtook for the second position and was now driving behind Odegaard, closing the gap of almost a second. Miron collided in the last lap and couldn’t continue, which was unfortunate after having an incredible race and driving on P6. Unfortunately, Emely had to retire in the last 4 laps.

Race 3 classification:

P2 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P5 Rik Koen
P6 Suleiman Zanfari
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P11 Gil Molina
P13 Noah Degnbol
P20 Miron Pingasov
P21 Emely de Heus

Publiée le August 6, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

An unusual Formula 4 weekend

Usually, Formula 4 has 2 qualifying sessions to set the grid for 3 races during a weekend, but in Motorland the program had to change quite a bit after the rain interfered. Saturday was a busy schedule with two free practices, a qualifying session, and a race. All went fine until the race had to start. Too much rain was falling down, resulting in the first race being rescheduled to Sunday morning. The starting grid of Race 1 was based on qualifying, Race 2 was based on the second-best lap in qualifying, and in Race 3 they lined up according to the best lap times of Race 2.

We’ve listed how all drivers lined up for each race:

Race 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Noah Degnbol
P10 Gil Molina
P11 Rik Koen
P12 Manuel Espirito Santo
P14 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus

Race 2

P6 Noah Degnbol
P8 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Gil Molina
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P15 Rik Koen
P16 Georg Kelstrup
P17 Suleiman Zanfari
P23 Emely de Heus

Race 3

P3 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P9 Noah Degnbol
P11 Gil Molina
P13 Manuel Espirito Santo
P18 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus
P22 Rik Koen
P23 Georg Kelstrup

Race 1

The rain was gone and there wasn’t a single cloud to be found in the blue sky. It looked like a clean start for all drivers, with Dilano taking the lead and immediately creating a gap. Noah also had a good start and was driving on P5. With 20 more minutes to go, Dilano had created a gap of at least 2 seconds.

As there were 15 minutes left on the clock, Noah started to tumble down on the timing sheet having issues and needing to go back to the pitlane. Georg, who started on P14 drove into the points and was driving on P7, fighting for P6. In the final lap, Dilano saw the chequered flag with a gap of 6.5 seconds, and scoring the fastest lap! Georg finished on P8 and Rik had a good race by finishing on P6.

Race 1 classification:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P8 Georg Kelstrup
P11 Suleiman Zanfari
P12 Manuel Espirito Santo
P13 Gil Molina
P17 Emely de Heus
DNF Noah Degnbol

Race 2

In Portimao, Dilano had 3 poles, but with the different system this weekend, he now had to start from P8. Within 5 minutes, he was driving on P5, with Noah and Manuel on P7 and 8, Gil was driving on P10. Dilano overtook 2 cars in one move, with three cars wide driving through 2 corners. Emely made up quite some places during the start, driving on P17, making up 6 positions! With 3 more minutes, Dilano passed Ogaard for the second position. Fighting with 3 others cars and defending his second position, there was a gap of almost 5 seconds to Marti who was driving on P1. Emely had her best result of the season so far, finishing on P15!

Race 2 classification:

P2 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Noah Degnbol
P9 Gil Molina
P11 Manuel Espirito Santo
P14 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Emely de Heus
DNF Georg Kelstrup
DNF Rik Koen

Race 3

The last race of the weekend started with an early safety car, as Noah and Jenic touched, where as Noah could continue but Jenic spun and couldn’t continue. Manuel used the safety car to get new tyres, as he got a damaged tyre happening in the first laps of the race. Dilano was driving on P3, with Rik right behind him on P4. With 20 more minutes, the safety car went back in, and Rik immeadiately started to fight with Dilano, and overtaking him as a result. Unfortunately, Dilano lost two other places during the restart and found himself on P6.

Unfortunately, Manuel had to come back to the pits with 15 minutes left, as he had more damaged then thought in the first case. Rik lost 2 places, driving on P5, with the top 10 being really close to each other. In the last 5 minutes, Dilano overtook both Rik and also made it to the fourth place.

Race 3 classification:

P4 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P6 Rik Koen
P7 Georg Kelstrup
P9 Noah Degnbol
P15 Suleiman Zanfari
P17 Emely de Heus
P22 Gil Molina
P23 Manuel Espirito Santo

The current driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 227 points
P6 Noah Degnbol – 60 points
P7 Georg Kelstrup – 56 points
P8 Rik Koen – 54 points
P14 Manuel Espirito Santo – 21 points
P17 Gil Molina – 10 points
P18 Suleiman Zanfari – 4 points
P25 Emely de Heus – 0 points

The current team standings:

P1 – 331 points

Publiée le July 19, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Dilano takes pole three times

Spanish Formula 4 was back this weekend at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in the south of Portugal. Pole position wise, we had an amazing weekend with 3 poles for Dilano. In the end, he won one out of the three races and managed to be on the podium in the other races as well. Besides Dilano’s win, Rik Koen also made it to his first podium this season!

Below you can find all two qualifying results:

Qualifying 1

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P7 Georg Kelstrup
P9 Rik Koen
P10 Manuel Espirito Santo
P11 Gil Molina
P13 Suleiman Zanfari
P17 Noah Degnbol
P21 Emely de Heus

Qualifying 2

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Manuel Espirito Santo
P7 Rik Koen
P8 Noah Degnbol
P11 Suleiman Zanfari
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P14 Gil Molina
P22 Emely de Heus

Race 1

When all cars were ready to go and lights went out, Dilano shortly stalled on the start which made him lose a few positions on the grid, resulting in continuing the race on P9. Rik Koen had a massive start and was driving on p2 after starting 9th. Rik had to defend a lot to keep his second position.

Unfortunately, Noah also had issues during the start of the race and had to visit the pitlane, making him come out as last on the grid. Emely was having fights with Lovinfosse during the complete race. With only 7 minutes more to go and Rik driving on P3, he was hit and also taken out of the race. Dilano managed to come back to P4, and in the last lap, he fought his way to the podium by taking over P3.

Race 1 classification:

P3 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P8 Manuel Espirito Santo
P9 Georg Kelstrup
P11 Gil Molina
P19 Emely de Heus
P20 Suleiman Zanfari
P21 Noah Degnbol
P22 Rik Koen

Race 2

The lights for the second race went out quickly, and during the start, Dilano lost one place. He had to defend his second position immediately because the drivers on P3 and 4 were eager to get his place. After the first lap, Dilano secured his place and created a small gap. Ogaard, who was having the lead of the race, could benefit greatly from the fight for P2 and was able to make a big gap within the first few laps. Dilano had to defend for pretty much the complete race. Home racer Manuel had quite some bad luck upon his sleeve this weekend, in the second race he had to come in for a pit stop after getting hit by another car, which made him drive in the back of the grid.

Race 2 qualification:

P2 Dilano van ‘t Hoff
P6 Georg Kelstrup
P7 Rik Koen
P10 Suleiman Zanfari
P13 Noah Degnbol
P21 Emely de Heus
P22 Manuel Espirito Santo
P23 Gil Molina

Race 3

Dilano had certainly a better start in the last race of the weekend. He took the lead of the race and immediately created a gap of a second. Rik had a mega pace too, and within the first lap, he was driving on P3. While it looked like Emely stalled on the start, Georg, who started 12th, was held up by the second driver on the grid, who also stalled and had to avoid him, making him lose quite some places. Noah and Manuel were both fighting for P7. With 10 minutes to go, Georg found pace and started to fight his way back to the top 10 from p19 after the difficult start. Rik had to do quite a lot of defending, with Ryabov being really close to him the complete race. With 4 more minutes left, Rik lost his 3rd place but, in the same lap, he fought back to reach the podium. Georg made it to P12, where Manuel was again very unlucky and had to visit the pits. When he came back on the track, he was driving all the way in the back.

Race 3 classification:

P1 Dilano van ’t Hoff
P3 Rik Koen
P8 Noah Degnbol
P10 Suleiman Zanfari
P12 Georg Kelstrup
P16 Gil Molina
P19 Emely de Heus
P22 Manuel Espirito Santo

The current driver standings:

P1 Dilano van ‘t Hoff – 175 points
P5 Noah Degnbol – 56 points
P6 Georg Kelstrup – 46 points
P8 Rik Koen – 38 points
P12 Manuel Espirito Santo – 21 points
P16 Gil Molina – 10 points
P18 Suleiman Zanfari – 4 points
P23 Emely de Heus – 0 points

The current team standings:

P1 – 268 points

Publiée le July 19, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

First F2 win and podium for Richard!

What a weekend we had in Silverstone! It started with a good qualifying result for Richard, who qualified on P3. Lirim was a bit more unlucky and qualified on P13, after a mistake in the last corner. Nevertheless, that still is a good result to score points during the races.

Sprint Race 1

Richard started on P8 because of the reversed top 10 grid. He had a tough start and lost a few places, coming close to Lirim who had a better start and gained 2 positions. After a spin of Zhou and damage by Nissany, the first safety car had to come out in the opening lap. After 3 laps, the safety car came back in and racing could start again. Lirim overtook Richard now driving on P10 with Richard on P11, but shortly after a new safety car came out after Deledda spun on track. The first race had many safety cars, in lap 12 the safety car had to come out for the 3rd time when Samaia ended in the gravel. This was a good opportunity to get Richard in for a set of the medium tyres, as his race wasn’t going very smooth. Lirim stayed out.

He came back on the grid on P14, with 8 laps to go till the end of the race. With a better pace on the fresh mediums, Richard overtook 3 cars within a few laps, showing that coming in was a good strategic call from the team. With 3 more laps to go, he overtook Lirim for the 10th position, which meant reverse pole in Race 2.

Sprint Race 2

Richard had a mega start and took the lead in the first turn. He quickly started to create a gap with Armstrong, who was driving in second place. Unfortunately for Richard, after the first lap, a safety car had to come out when Boschung and Deledda collided. But, Richard had a good restart and was again quickly creating a gap. Lirim had a good few laps as well, where he gained one position and was driving on P10. In lap 6, Richard had a gap of 1.2 seconds, but the safety car had to come out again after Daruvala and Viscaal collided and Viscaal ended in the gravel.

After the second restart, Richard was again gone, and by lap 13, he had a gap of 1.5 seconds. Both Armstrong and Ticktum, who were fighting for P2, didn’t come close to Richard anymore. In lap 21, Shwartzman who was driving in front of Lirim spun in the final corner. With a dominant car and a good drive from Richard, we managed to take our first win of the season and the first-ever F2 win for Richard!

Silverstone (UK), JUL 16-17 2021 -Round 4 of the Formula2 Championship 2021 at Silverstone Circuit. Lirim Zendeli #12 MP Motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Feature Race

During the last race of the weekend, Richard lost one position during the start, moving from P3 to P4. Lirim had a good start and won a place in the first lap. As soon as the pitlane opened up in lap 7, multiple drivers went in to get a new set of tyres. Both Lirim and Richard stayed out. By lap 8, Richard was driving on P2 and Lirim on P7. Both MP drivers were on a different strategy, Richard pitted in lap 11, while Lirim stayed out. Richard came back on the grid on P10, 5 seconds behind Piastri who was virtually driving on P3. Richard felt really good on the new tyres and within a few laps, he was right behind Piastri.

Lirim was handed the race lead in lap 19 when Vips pitted. Lirim was now one of three drivers who still hadn’t visit the pitlane for a new set of tyres. In lap 20, with 9 laps to go, that changed when Lirim came in the pits and rejoined the grid on P11. By lap 25, he already joined the points when he was driving on P9. In the final 2 laps, Richard was chasing down Piastri in an epic battle. Both did not want to give up but had a very respectful fight for P3. In the end, it was Piastri who won the fight, leaving Richard just outside of the podium. But all in all, we had a great weekend with our first win of the 2021 F2 season and double points in both the second sprint race and feature race!

The current driver standings is as followed:

Richard Verschoor – 10th – 50 points

Lirim Zendeli – 17th – 7 points

Team standings:

P6 – 57 points

Publiée le June 7, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

A tough weekend in Baku

After Monaco, we moved on to the next street circuit, Baku, and it was a tough weekend. The race pace was there, but unfortunately we’ve been unlucky and we made some mistakes. Mistakes and experiences we will learn from and which makes us better in the future.

The weekend started tough with the qualifying results, Richard on P16 and Lirim on P18. Fortunately, Baku is a much easier track to overtake than Monaco. After multiple post-qualifying penalties were given, Richard could start Sprint Race 1 from P14.

Sprint Race 1

The start of Sprint Race 1 was a chaotic one. Richard and Jack Aitken touched very slightly in the first corner where Aitken also touched the curb, which made him spin. Richard could continue without any damage. Lawson and Piastri were taken out in turn 3 in the same opening lap, which brought out the safety car. After 4 laps the safety car went back in, Richard was driving on P13 and Lirim on P16, who had to pit after having a bit of damage from the opening lap. Within a few laps, Lirim overtook Nannini and Samaia, and was driving behind Richard on P14. This is also how both MP drivers finished the race, but Drugovich received a penalty during the race which was added to his time afterward. It promoted both Richard and Lirim to P12 and 13, which were good outcomes for Sprint Race 2.

Sprint Race 2

Richard had a massive start during the second race of the day, which was also the 100th FIA Formula 2 race. The race immediately started with a safety car, as Zhou and Ticktum went off in turn 1. Richard made it to P7, after starting from P12. As Richard had a good start, Lirim didn’t finish the first lap. He was taken out, after another car couldn’t make the corner and took Lirim with him.

In lap 6, Richard went wide in turn 1 and had to give a position to Drugovich. While he was trying to gain his place back, Nissany touched him from behind and pushed him in the wall of turn 3. While he was fighting for good points, he, unfortunately, had to leave the race without any.  

BAKU (Azerbaijan), 4-6 June 2021. Round 3 of the Formula 2 Championship at the Baku City Circuit. Richard Verschoor #11 MP Motorsport. © 2021 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Feature Race

The lineup of the Feature Race is the grid they qualified on Friday, which meant Richard started from P16 and Lirim from P18. The start of the Feature Race looked much smoother compared to the first two races, but Ticktum, Pourchaire and Armstrong collided while going three wide in a corner, which gave us a short visit of the safety car. Richard made it to P12, with Lirim close on P14. In lap 7, Richard touched Viscaal from behind in turn 1, making both go wide and Viscaal even had to use the run off. Both lost a lot of time due to this incident.

After pitting earlier than Richard, Lirim was driving on P12 in lap 20, Richard was driving on P16. During the race, multiple time penalties were given out for actions on track, but also for unsafe releases in the pitlane. When Vips crossed the finish line as the first driver, Lirim was driving on P11. Beckmann still had a 5 second time penalty left, which was added to his time afterward. Lirim got promoted to P10 and earned himself a point after a very solid drive. Richard finished on P14.

Quotes

“That looked promising, definitely compared to the start of the weekend.”

Qualifying and free practice were tough, where we were far off regarding pace. This made the start of the weekend hard. We found some pace in Race 1 after adjusting the car. We’ve had a good start in Race 2, but unfortunately, Nissany drove into me and I was done with the race. I’ve made a mistake in the Feature Race by driving off Bent Viscaal, I received a penalty for this which made my pit stop longer. We did have a good pace, in the last race, as we were the same as the top 5 cars. That looked promising, definitely compared to the start of the weekend. I’ve got good faith for Silverstone and I’m sure that will be a better weekend for us.

— Richard Verschoor

“I am happy that we found space to improve the car.”

I’ve compromised my weekend performance quite a lot. We could only do one lap in free practice, and giving the first proper push lap in qualifying. I am happy that we found space to improve the car for this kind of track over the races, and at least recovered into the top 10 in the feature race after having a good drive.

— Lirim Zendeli