Neil Verhagen

Formula Renault Eurocup – Hungaroring Half Time

#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 8th – 37 points – after 8 of 23 races

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 9th – 33 points – after 8 of 23 races

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 14 points – after 8 of 23 races

The first half of the Formula Renault Eurocup is almost completed this weekend in Hungary with a triple race event at the Hungaroring. It is the fifth meeting of the season's ten with races 9,10 and 11 out of the years total of 23.

Red Bull Juniors Dan Ticktum, Richard Verschoor and Neil Verhagen have all made good starts to the year but equally all feel that they should be higher in the standings than 8th, 9th and 12th.

Verhagen with expectations

A good result came very quickly to 16-year-old American Verhagen with that excellent fourth in Race 2 at Monza during the first weekend. But a first season in Europe isn't meant to come together that quickly and since then there have been some tough breaks that have masked steady improvement. "I've been learning every time I go out, I do feel that more good results are going to come."

"We just keep working, putting it all together, the pace was quite OK in Monaco and as we get all the little things straightened out we should be able to get the results we are looking for. I think that the Hungaroring could be the right place, it is quite a technical circuit, challenging, a cool track and I really liked it in the sim."

Ticktum with some knowledge

I'm very positive about the weekend," asserted the 18-year-old Briton. "I've been there a couple of times, not raced there but I've driven it so at least I know which way it goes and I would say it suits my style, I'm really looking forward to it.

"I think we are ready for some really good results, I've taken some big steps forward with my approach to each session and it is starting to pay off. It hasn't been the most fortunate of seasons so far but there are plenty of races left and I think we are going to have a good weekend in Hungary."

"There is not that much we need to do to the car, the Arden guys know where they are going and we tried a few different things in the sim at Red Bull that might give us an indication of whet to expect if we do need to make some changes."

Verschoor with some discomfort

Unfortunately Richard Verschoor heads to Hungary not feeling the best. The 16-year-old Dutchman was in serious discomfort on Wednesday, bad enough to prompt a trip to the hospital. "Yes he wasn't feeling well at all," confirmed MP Motorsport Team Manager Sander Dorsman. "He went to hospital for a check but then started to feel better and is now flying to Hungary this morning (Thursday). He'll miss the first free test session, that's not ideal but it could be worse and hopefully he can make a good start this afternoon."

Hungaroring weekend schedule – all times CEST

Thursday June 29th
11:35 – 18:35 Private testing

Friday June 30th
11:30 – 12:20 Collective test 1
16:00 – 16:50 Collective test 2

Saturday July 1st
8:30 – 8:45 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
8:50 – 9:05 Qualifying 1 (Group B)
13:00 – 13:15 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
13:20 – 13:35 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
18:00 – 18:30 Race 1 (25m + 1 lap)

Sunday July 2nd
10:10 – 10:40 Race 2 (25m + 1 lap)
15:45 – 16:15 Race 3 (25m + 1 lap)