#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 6th – 70 points – after 11 of 23 races
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 10th – 33points – after 11 of 23 races
#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 29 points – after 11 of 23 races
It's been very much a tough debut season for the three Red Bull Juniors in the Formula Renault Eurocup, learning tracks all the way, but this weekend it is the Nürburgring and they all did the preseason test there.
So Neil Verhagen, Richard Verschoor and Dan Ticktum all have that experience to build on as they swing into the second half of the season.
"Yes its good to be going there knowing the circuit," enthused the 16-year-old American. "Not just from the preseason test but from all the work we've been doing on the Red Bull simulator."
"Since the test I think my driving level and my understanding of the car and the tyres has improved a lot and in that way it will be very different."
"It's a fun track, a lot of technical parts which is always fun for us drivers, it's got elevation changes, bumps, camber changes, there is so much that goes into a lap there. It is not easy at all but it feels very good when you get it right."
"I think the set-up we are running will pretty much stay the same, it has taken me time to learn to get the best out of it, it's not been the easiest thing but we've taken big steps forward and I'm looking forward to scoring more points this weekend and perhaps getting on the podium again."
Verschoor certain to improve
"I'm looking for my first podium this weekend," stated the 16-year-old Dutchman. "That's easy to say but we have been getting closer and closer, the possibility was there at the Hungaroring but things didn't go our way and we missed out but it's going to happen soon."
"We are still working on a lot of different things and we can keep on making improvements. The Nürburgring is a great track, we were about a second off the pace at the preseason test and that wasn't good but we have improved a lot since then and we will do a lot better."
"The usual guys will still be fast but there is no reason why we can't race them. We need to keep working and improving and for that we need dry track time but for me a race or two in the rain would be great, I love the rain."
"Whatever it is I think we can do well, it's a track where overtaking is a bit easier than the Hungaroring but we've still got to make a good job of qualifying."
Ticktum to build on Hungary
"I'm conscious going into the weekend that you don't want to say too much," cautioned the 18-year-old Briton. "I shouldn't say it's going to be like this or like that, I'm just going to do my best but I have to say I'm feeling really good after the win at the Hungaroring. The Arden guys have done a fantastic job since then looking for some more pace in the dry and we'll see what comes of that."
"It's a very different track of course, pretty much all the corners are cambered and it's a place where you need quite a lot of rotation, you tend to get a lot understeer. We had a good winter test there, as I remember it we were in the top five so we've every reason to feel good about going there."
"In fact I think these three tracks, the Hungaroring, the Nürburgring and the Red Bull Ring are all good for me. We'll see what the weather does but I can't change that so whatever happens, bring it on, that's OK."
Nürburgring weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 14 July
10:05 – 10:55 Collective tests 1
15:10 – 16:00 Collective tests 2
Saturday 15 July
9:00 – 9:15 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
9:20 – 9:35 Qualifying 1 (Group B)
14:05 – 14:20 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
14:25 – 14:40 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
18:15 – 18:45 Race 1 (25m + 1 lap)
Sunday 16 July
9:10 – 9:40 Race 2 (25m + 1 lap)