Neil Verhagen

Verhagen renews the Eurocup battle in Hungary

#21 Neil Verhagen (USA – Tech 1 Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup position: 12th – 33 points – after 12 of 20 races

Neil Verhagen doesn't pretend that his Formula Renault Eurocup season has been satisfactory so far. The Red Bull Junior has much higher aims and expects a good deal more from the remaining four events, three of which take place in the next four weeks.

"I am very positive about the upcoming weekend. I enjoy the Hungaroring, I got on the podium here last year and it is the sort of technical track I do well at, more corners than straights," explains the 17-year-old American recalling his excellent third from ninth on the grid last season.

Wheel replaces wake

It has been four weeks since the last round in Spa and the Tech 1 driver has been hard at work this week to get his eye in. "We had a very productive time in the sim earlier in the week, it's such a great facility at Red Bull Racing and always good to be in the factory. We had a good schedule to work through, aspects of car set-up as well as things that I could try on the driving side, so it was a very good way to get back behind the wheel after the break."

"I made the most of the time off, went home to the US, spent time with family and friends including time at the lake wakeboarding, wakesurfing and jet-skiing with Logan (Logan Sargeant, fellow American & Eurocup competitor). We've been friends since our karting days."

Team replaces engine

"It has recharged the batteries and I am ready to go. We also have some extra track time at this event, testing on Thursday afternoon as well as the usual Friday sessions so that is useful. It is good to have the extra time in case there is anything left of the frustrating issues at Spa. The team are confident that the car is right, they swapped the engine again as the best course of action as they didn't find anything specific to identify as the source of our problems which is always a frustration.

Hungaroring weekend schedule – all times CEST
Thursday 30th August
14:00–18:00 Private tests

Friday 31st August
9:00–9:50 Collective tests 1
14:25–15:15 Collective tests 2

Saturday 1st September
10:40–11:15 Qualifying 1 (2x15 minutes)
16:15–16:50 Race 1 (30 minutes plus 1 lap)

Sunday 2nd September
9:00–9:35 Qualifying 2 (2x15 minutes)
13:50–14:25 Race 2 (30 minutes plus 1 lap)