Neil Verhagen Pau

Formula Renault Eurocup - Points for Verschoor, Verhagen and Ticktum in Pau

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 7th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 14th – Race 1 Result: 13th
Qualifying 2: 4th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 8th – Race 2 Result: 8th

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 10th (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 19th – Race 1 Result: DNS (Technical)
Qualifying 2: 6th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 11th – Race 2 Result: 9th

#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Qualifying 1: 5th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 10th – Race 1 Result: 10th
Qualifying 2: 10th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 20th – Race 2 Result: DNF (Incident)

A tough weekend around the streets of Pau netted some Formula Renault Eurocup points but not the results the Red Bull Juniors were looking for. 16-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor picked up and eighth in Race 2 just ahead of fellow MP Motorsport driver 16-year-old American Neil Verhagen.

Dan Ticktum the 17-year-old Briton, had to be content with 10th in Race 1 when his best qualifying time on Sunday was discounted.

Verschoor hot on Sunday

"I cannot call it a good weekend but there were some good points, in qualy today I was really feeling good and was P2 until the wing broke so I felt that I got to grips with the track today."

"It wasn't easy though, starting on a new track, a street circuit and it was wet for free practice so we didn't have a lot of dry laps at all to try and set a good time in qualifying. I just didn't have the confidence to push and that was down to me. So the first race I was a bit stuck with the qualifying P14, then finishing P13."

"Today was a lot better though, I was a lot more confident with the track after doing the first race, I was feeling good, the car was good and I was going for it. Up to P2 then there was a red flag and after that the front wing broke, clipped a kerb but was just unlucky."

"Still I had a go in the race and the pace wasn't bad, we could have run with the guys higher up but it is just so hard to pass here, scary to pass, if you make just the smallest mistake you crash."

Verhagen back from a cold Saturday

"I think 2 points is a massive recovery after yesterday. The build-up didn't start well on Friday when the first free practice session was wet and after three laps I braked on a painted cross walk, no grip on the wet paint and I went into the wall."

"So I missed out on a lot of track time and focussed in the second session on just doing the laps. We were still short of track time when it came to qualifying and I wasn't confident enough to really go for it."

"Then on the formation lap I was way down on fuel pressure, lost about 30 horsepower and had to pull into the pits instead of start he race."

"That was a real shame and of course I was even more short of track time compared with the other guys when we started qualifying this morning but actually it went much better. I made a minor mistake otherwise could have been P3 or P4 in my group."

"Then in the race the pace was good, no problem to run in the group and we could have run with the guys ahead but getting past is so hards here. So I was very happy to turn the weekend around and pick up some points considering the problems we had had through Saturday."

Ticktum too keen

"That was a disastrous weekend, well yes the pace was there but I made mistakes. Take the positive and the pace is there for sure, we have to take that to Monaco and use that pace to get results."

"I should have been P1 in my qualifying group today, I was P5 and then was half a second up on that lap and should really have made it P1 but I didn't. In a way it was a bit like Silverstone, not pushing hard enough in Qualifying on Saturday and then on Sunday the pace was there but this place doesn't let you get away with the smallest mistake."

Though he had the fifth fastest time in that session he lost that for causing a red flag with his crash. Thus he was only credited with the 10th time and that placed him 20th on the grid for Race 2. "Starting from so far back I was stuck behind a slower guy for so long that when I got past him I went from driving at about 60% to going for it and didn't give myself the time to adjust, so second mistake and a DNF."

"I have to concentrate on the fact that the pace is there and it is just lack of experience, it's taking me longer than I wanted to settle in and get the results. That's what I will be concentrating on in Monaco next weekend."