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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

Publiée le July 9, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

A tough weekend in Austria

After a very successful round in France, we moved on to Spielberg in Austria. The third round on the Red Bull Ring was one with many ups and downs, but it was a tough one compared to the previous round. The weekend started solid on Friday, with a P4 in qualifying for Caio.

Results qualifying:

P4 Caio Collet
P10 Victor Martins
P21 Tijmen van der Helm

Race 1

Race 1 started really well for Victor, who started from P3 and held on to P3 during the start. Caio started from P9 and Tijmen started from the same position as to where he qualified a day earlier. In the first few laps, Victor fell back from P3 to P5. The top 7 were really close to each other, and everyone within the top 7 could become the leader. In lap 9 Victor lost 2 places and was finding himself on P7. Caio was fighting on P10, while Tijmen was fighting on P19. It was an eventful race with a lot of overtaking, the top 7 soon became a top 10 who were close to each other.

While the lead kept changing between Nannini, Novalak, and Sargeant, Victor was fighting with Doohan and Crawford and won over P6. Caio was very close behind him, driving on P8. In lap 21, the two leaders, Novalak and Nannini, touched each other and fell back. Victor was now driving on P4 and Caio on P6. This is also how they finished. Tijmen finished on P18.

Even though the race had finished, it was not really the end of it. An hour before the second race started, a lot of penalties came through. Mostly for track limits in turns 9 and 10. Unfortunately, both Victor and Caio received penalties, along with 9 other drivers. Victor received a 5-second penalty which made him lose one place (P4 to P5). Caio received a 10-second penalty and was placed back to P17. Because of all the penalties, Tijmen got promoted to P13. As it looked like we got good points at the end of Race 1, we now only received 6 points for Victor’s P5.

Race 2

With all penalties from the previous race, Victor started from P8, Tijmen from P13, and Caio from P17. Tijmens’ race was finished early after he crashed with Sargeant in the second lap, with a safety car to follow. Caio had a massive start, driving on P13 after starting from P18 in the 8th lap. Victor was in the front running on P8.

After issues for Smolyar and Crawford, Victor was driving on P6 and Caio moved up to P10. In lap 11, Correa and Frederick collided in turn 3. Victor was now driving on a podium place, P3, and was driving right behind Stanek. In lap 15, Victor overtook Stanek beautifully via the inside in turn 4 with two tyres on the grass. Victor was now driving on P2 and had a great race. In lap 20, Caio is touched by Fittipaldi, which made him end in the gravel and lost his point finish.

In the last lap, Victor’s car has a problem and he lost power, while he was still driving on P2. He had to stop and finished P26. Caio received a 5-second penalty for contact with Fittipaldi, which made him finish on P16.

Race 3

Caio started from P4, but unfortunately, he stalled during the start, which made him fall all the way back to the end of the grid. Victor had a good start and by lap 5, he overtook 4 cars and was driving on P6. Tijmen had a tough start and fell back to P25.

Even though Caio had a bad start, he did not give up. By lap 6 he was driving on P20. Victor was fighting with Leclerc for P7, but lost his position in lap 8. Leclerc and Novalak were fighting in front of Victor, who overtook Crawford for P7. In the meantime, Caio made it to P16 in lap 11. Victor had overtaken Leclerc again, driving on the 6th position. In lap 14, both were fighting to be the first one to made turn 4. Victor held his defending line, going to the right side of the track with a lot of space on the left side. Leclerc also went to the right side, touched Victor, and lost his front ring. Leclerc hit the wall and Novalak, who was driving at the wrong place at the wrong time when both ended in the gravel. Luckily, both drivers were fine after medical checks. Victor had damage and had to visit the pits, but could continue, even though he was now driving at the back of the grid.

With 3 laps to go, Caio made it to P11 and Tijmen to P20. Victor was determined to fight back and overtook Tijmen for P20. Crawford and Doohan touched each other while fighting for their position, but both left the track. Caio was now driving in the points on P8. In the final lap, he overtook another car and finished on P7. Victor was making positions when he got spun around in the last lap and fell back to the end of the grid. He finished P25, Tijmen finished on p17.

After the race, Tijmen received a 5-second penalty for causing a collision, moving him to P20. Victor got promoted to P24.

The current driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 5th – 66 points

Caio Collet – 8th – 41 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 24th – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 4th – 107 points

Publiée le June 21, 2021 par Lois de Bruin

Three podiums in three races

We’ve had to wait 6 weeks but Formula 3 is finally back for round 2, in Le Castellet. The youngsters joined Formula 1 on the red and blue striped Paul Ricard circuit. After reaching the podium twice in Barcelona, Caio in Race 1 and Victor in Race 2, we were eager for more! And what a weekend it was for Victor, who was racing on his home track. The weekend started good for all drivers with a solid qualifying session, where Victor and Caio were both in the top 5, and Tijmen qualified on P15.

Results qualifying:

P3 Victor Martins
P5 Caio Collet
P15 Tijmen van der Helm

Race 1

Caio started Race 1 from P8 and Victor from P10. As the top 12 is reversed, Tijmen remained on P15 for the start. Victor and Caio both had a clean start, gained a few places, and even fought each other at some point, as where Tijmen had a bit of trouble and lost some places. As the race developed Caio had a small moment and went wide, where he lost a few places. Ending up fighting for P12 with Arthur Leclerc, trying to get the reversed pole position for Race 2, but in the end, he just missed out and finished on P13.

Victor, on the other hand, was flying on his home track. In the 7th lap he already gained 4 places from P10 and was driving in 6th, with a gap of 2 seconds to Smolyar who was driving in 5th position. While Smolyar was fighting with Correa, Victor was able to easily close the gap with the top 5. And with the top 5 all being close together, opportunities to a good result were getting bigger. Victor managed his tyres perfectly and was able to overtake all cars, even ending in the lead! In the very last lap he got overtaken by Smolyar, and just missed out on the win. Nevertheless, his second place was still phenomenal after starting from P10.

While Victor was fighting on the front, Tijmen was fighting on P18. Unfortunately, he and Cordeel touched during an overtake, which made Tijmen move to the pits for a new front wing. After that, it was hard to get back in place with a few laps to go. He finished P29 in the end.

Le Castellet (FRA), June 17 – 20 2021 – Second round of Formula 3 Championship 2021 at Circuit Paul Ricard. MP Motorsport team. © 2021 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Race 2

With again a reversed top 12, Victor had to start from P11 in the second race. Caio started from P13 and Tijmen from P29. Caio had a very unfortunate start where he stalled and had to retire after one lap, because of issues on his car.

Tijmen had an incredible race where he gained 10 positions! After he had to start from P29, and fought his way towards P19. Up until now, this was definitely one of his best races thus far in the season. As his qualifying result of Friday is the grid for the last  Race of the weekend, he still has a lot of opportunities for a good result.

Victor just continued where he left in Race 1, starting from P11 and overtaking a lot of cars to finish on the podium. He’s had a clean start and moved up two places in the first lap, driving on P9. In lap 4 he moved on to P5, overtaking 3 cars in 3 laps. He wasn’t finished though, in lap 7 he moved on to P4. With 3 Prema’s fighting in the front, he found pace while Caldwell lost some. With only one lap to go, Victor secured the third place on the podium by overtaking Caldwell, which was also his second podium on the day.  

Race 3

The third race was a completely different one compared to the previous two, as it started fully wet. A lot of rain started to come down right before the race, which caused a 5 minute delay so all teams could switch their car from a dry set up to a wet one.

Victor started from P3 and Caio from P5, Tijmen from P15. All had a decent start, but especially Tijmen was enjoying himself on the wet track. Within a few laps he was driving on P9 and for the first time in the points! However, the rain didn’t last for long and a dry line appeared on the track which made the conditions tricky as everyone was driving on wets. Tijmen had a moment where he went wide and spun once, even though he managed to keep the car going, he lost a few positions and finished on P16.

Caio and Victor were both very close to each other all race. At some points, especially in the beginning of the race, they lost their positions but as soon as the track dried up, they had their confidence back and made no mistakes. In lap 11, Caio was driving right behind Victor, with Vesti in front of them. Vesti went wide, and within 2 corners both Victor and Caio overtook him. With 5 more laps to go, Caio overtook Victor both on the hunt for a podium place. Even though Victor stayed close to Caio, only Caio finished on the podium with a third place. Victor saw the chequered flag at P4 and both brought some good points, for themselves and the team, home!

The current driver standings is as followed:

Victor Martins – 2nd – 60 points

Caio Collet – 7th – 35 points

Tijmen van der Helm – 23rd – 0 points

Team standings:

MP Motorsport – 3rd – 95 points