Patricio O’Ward

Auer and O’Ward at Fuji for a wet Super Formula race

#50 Lucas Auer (AUT – B-Max/Motopark Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 15th – Grid: 15th – Race: DNF
Super Formula Championship position: 9th – 8 points – after 4 of 7 races

#15 Patricio O'Ward (MEX – Mugen Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 20th – Grid: 20th – Race: 14th
Super Formula Championship position: debut – after 4 of 7 races

A desperately wet Super Formula Round 4 at Fuji Speedway drowned Lucas Auer's hopes of another step up the championship table but fellow Red Bull Junior Patricio O'Ward made a promising debut.

Lucas Auer ends a difficult weekend with questions

"Friday went very well but from there we just went backwards," explained the 24-year-old Austrian, who had been 6th fastest on Friday, with typical frankness. "Wrong decisions, we lost it and it never came back. No matter what the conditions, we were in trouble."

"So in the race we were struggling badly so I came in for an early stop to make changes, changes that also did not help so it just became a test session not a race, several pit stops to work on the problems but I'm afraid we have ended the day with no real answers."

"We can do more work analysing the data but we certainly have work to do," concluded the B-Max/Motopark driver.

Patricio O'Ward makes a promising first Super Formula outing

"It is a shame that we didn't get a dry race because in the dry practice we were properly fast, the quickest Honda," enthused the 20-year-old Mexican who was 8th in Free Practice on Saturday. "But it the wet I do have to learn how these tyres like to be driven."

"I enjoyed the weekend, I got a taste of everything and I am sure that it will not be long before we are very competitive."

"In the wet it was different, in Qualifying, the tyres, the turbo lag caught me out and it just spun me around. I kept it running initially but then a combination of the dash lagging and the clutch I stalled it and that was the end of Qualifying," explained the Mugen Honda driver.

"Considering that, coming from the back of the grid the race was not bad. At first with all the spray I couldn't see a thing and I was just telling myself I must not crash."

"Things cleared a little and I started picking off the cars. I passed seven, in the last few laps I got passed by one. The weekend was a very good experience all round, in all sorts of conditions," concluded O'Ward who has stepped into series with no testing at all.