First Race Karts: 2009, Circuit park Berghem
First Race Cars: 2016, Le Mans. Challenge Monoplace VdeV (Race 2: 1st)
Favourite circuit cars: Spa-Francorchamps
Favourite meal: Ravioli bolognese
Favourite drink: Orange juice
Favourite music: House.
Favourite subject while at school and/or university: English.
Favourite thing to do when not racing: Project cars / Simulator
Motorsport hero: Ayrton Senna.
There is no doubt that Richard Verschoor did everything asked of him in 2016, winning both the NEZ and Spanish F4 Championship with total domination most weekends. He knows very well that he is unlikely to match the superiority he achieved last season as he steps up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series for 2017.
"I know it's going to be very hard. There are a lot of good drivers in the series and some of them have already done two or three years in the class. For me it is all new, new car and a lot of new tracks but I've already been in the car and I'm not too worried about that."
"My team is very good so I am confident in them but there are other good cars as well so while you have to have the right set up it is mainly going to be down to the driver."
It was a great season last year, both in the NEZ and Spanish championships. I think a lot about Sochi and the win there that got me into the Red Bull Junior Team but as for a race that I remember best it was Jerez when I started P6 and was leading after two laps, that was great fun.
I learnt a huge amount and the biggest thing was the mental side. I got into the Junior Team and then had a couple of weekends when nothing went right, I was sixty points behind in the championship and had to keep it all together. I kept my head up and it did come right and I hope I learnt from that for tough times in the future."
Richard started in motorsport for one of the best possible reasons and without grand ideas. "I started racing when my father came home with a go-kart. He bought it for me because We never did something together, I didn't see him a lot, just when he came back from work in the evening. He was always working. In my early year's we always went together to karting tracks in Holland and we were having fun together. After we were making big steps forward, we both didn't expect to come as far as we have now."
Naturally the close connection with his father remains even though he is no longer involved at the track. "He has always been my sponsor and my best supporter." The initial impetus provided by his father lead to an exciting and successful karting career with some very memorable races.
"For me my best race was in 2014 in Sarno. There was a lot of pressure to win the world title, we had to win the race, to win the title and we knew it was going to be a hard race. While there were driving 44 drivers from a lot of different county's in this championship, I took the win after a very hard race."
"Then in 2015 I had my first race in KF category. It was a very big step to go from Rotax Junior to KF, the level was a lot higher and also I was the youngest driver there. We were quite fast during the race in dry conditions, but suddenly it started to rain heavily. There was a red flag and we all changed to wet tires. After a hard race it was very cool to win in my debut race in KF."
Of course it is a big step from karting to the open wheel formulae and there are a lot of new circuits to learn and Richard is particularly looking forward to the big challenges even if his only experience so far is on a simulator. "I like Spa a lot because there are a lot of different corners inside the track, like short and long corners, fast corners. I never drove on a street track before but I think I will like it a lot."
There is also the added technology and he sees that as a fascinating development. "Of course the best thing of racing is winning a race. But that's not the only thing that happens, before you are preparing a lot. I like a lot to do data after the session, I'd like to see where we win and where we lose. The corners where we lose, we always want to change straight away in the following session," he concluded back in early 2016 while still getting to grips with the technical posibilities.