All Open for Tsunoda, Doohan and Lawson at Euroformula start in Paul Ricard

Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing)
Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark)
Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark)

The Euroformula Open is certainly that: wide open. With the late demise of the Formula European Masters series, some teams and drivers realigned themselves with Euroformula Open including Red Bull Juniors Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda who are part of the impressive Motopark squad. Fellow Junior Jack Doohan lines up for Double R Racing.

The nine event Euroformula Open series takes in mostly Grand Prix circuits including the Red Bull Ring, Barcelona and Monza where the season finishes in October. The first weekend is at Paul Ricard before heading to the street circuit of Pau.

With the last minute changes there are many who have a lot of work to do and that starts with almost four hours of private testing on Thursday.

New for Liam Lawson

"I really don't know what to expect this weekend," stated 17-year-old New Zealander Lawson as he arrived at Marseilles airport on Wednesday. "I've not driven the car at all, there have been a lot of last minute changes, everyone trying to get things sorted out and there is a testing ban for the FIA F3 series so no chance to try the Euroformua car at all."

"There is quite a lot to get my head around. I have tested the FIA F3 car here a little but the Euroformula car is going to be a lot different to that, the FIA car is more powerful but heavier, they are both high downforce cars but just what the Euroformula car will be like I will only find out tomorrow."

"The weather looks like it could play a part as well, quite likely to have rain so I'll just be learning as I go and making the best of the situation," concluded the 2019 Toyota Racing Series champion.

And for Yuki Tsunoda

The reigning Japanese F4 Champion is in Europe as part of the Honda Formula Dream Project and has a slight jump on Lawson but knows there is still a lot to learn. "I have already tested Euro F3 car, but I haven't tested it this year. It feels a bit lighter than the FIA F3 car, especially in the corners," commented the 18-year-old.

"I have been here this year, at the FIA F3 test, that was the first time I drove at Paul Ricard. I like the track because there are many fast corners."

As for the opening two races of the season, he is cautious. "I always aim to win but I don't have any expectations because I haven't driven with this car this year."

A bit less for Jack Doohan

"We did a bit of testing at the beginning of the year," explained 16-year-old Australian Doohan. "Pembrey, Silverstone, Spa and the Red Bull Ring, it's an awesome car, I really enjoy it. For me it's just a question of getting my head around the downforce that the Euroformula car has, you've got to commit to get that and see how much grip you can find and the techniques to use to get the best out of it."

"I did a race at Paul Ricard last year in the in Italian F4 series, I like the track, it's got everything, long straight, fast corners and slow sections so that is going to make it interesting, working out with the team just how much downforce to run."

"We've got a couple of days for testing now before qualifying so I'm looking forward to getting the best out of it. I've now done some running in the wet and the dry so I'm not worried about the weather, it's the same for everyone you've just got to drive it," Doohan concluded.

Paul Rickard weekend schedule – all times CEST
Thursday 25th April
09:00 – 12:00 Private test 1
15:00 – 15:55 Private test 2

Friday 26th April
09:35 – 10:05 Free Practice 1
13:15 – 13:45 Free Practice 2
16:40 – 17:10 Free Practice 3

Saturday 27th April
09:55 – 10:20 Qualifying 1
14:30 – 15:05 Race 1 (15 Laps)

Sunday 28th April
09:50 – 10:15 Qualifying 2
14:00 – 14:35 Race 2 (15 Laps)