#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 1st – 64 points – after 4 of 18 races
#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 4th – 42 points – after 4 of 18 races
#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing Mercedes Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 15th – 4 points – after 4 of 18 races
The third round of the Euroformula Open takes place this weekend at the Hockenheimring and the three Red Bull Juniors and their teams have just a few days to switch from the street circuit thinking at Pau to the man-made yet historic German venue.
Though truncated Hockenheim still rewards speed and places different demands on Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda and Jack Doohan for another two races.
"I've been here once before, in an F4 car, that went OK," explained the 16-year-old Australian. "I was top Rookie so I know the track a little. Of course it will be very different in this car, a lot more downforce and power so I know I'll have to relearn the track a bit."
"It is in some ways similar to Paul Ricard, some long straights and tight corners so what we learnt there should help but we know we've got a lot of work to do, we are short of references so we've got to get out there and se how it goes, work hard and do our best," added the Double R Racing driver.
"It is my first time in Hockenheim so I have to concentrate in the first session to just get used to the circuit and learn my way around," stated the 19-year-old Japanese. "I did a session in the Motopark sim but that is really just to see which way it goes, I have to wait for tomorrow to get a feel for it in the car."
"It looks as though it will be a lot of fun, some high speed corners. It will be interesting and I think I will like it," enthused the Honda Formula Dream Project driver.
"I've done quite a few laps here in the F4 car, a couple of tests last year and raced three times. I really liked it at the tests, then we got to the races and found out how slow we were and I hated it," laughs the 17-year-old New Zealander.
"I'm sure I'll enjoy it a lot more in this car. It is actually a great track. The approach is so different to Pau of course, there you very much have to build up to it, here you can afford to be a bit braver finding the level. We were in the Motopark sim and that was a good way to prepare so I can't wait to get in the car tomorrow, I think its going to be a lot of fun."
Hockenheim weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 24th May
10:30 – Free Practice 1 (30 minutes)
14:50 – Free Practice 2 (30 minutes)
17:20 – Free Practice 3 (30 minutes)
Saturday 25th May
10:50 – Qualifying 1 (25 minutes)
15:30 – Race 1 (19 Laps)
Sunday 26th May
09:00 – Qualifying 2 (25 minutes)
13:00 – Race 2 (19 Laps)