Paul Ricard

Formula Renault Eurocup - Points for all in Paul Ricard

Note: Qualifying 1 produced the grid positions for Race 2 while Q2 created the Race 1 grid.
#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Qualifying 1: 3rd (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 10th – Race 1 Result: DNF (incident)
Qualifying 2: 5th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 7th – Race 2 Result: 5th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 7th – 120 points – after 17 of 23 races

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 6th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 9th – Race 1 Result: 4th
Qualifying 2: 5th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 49 points – after 17 of 23 races

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 7th (Group B) – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2: 4th (Group B) – Race 2 Grid: 13th – Race 2 Result: 12th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 35 points – after 17 of 23 races

All three Red Bull Juniors secured solid points scoring Formula Renault Eurocup finishes at Paul Ricard. Dan Ticktum, Richard Verschoor and Neil Verhagen all would have like more but points and progress set them up for the last remaining six races of the series in the next two events.

Verschoor happy with some pace

"That was a pretty good weekend, we've found a bit of pace," explained 16-year-old Dutchman Verschoor who was an excellent 4th in Race 1. "Not everything I'd like but after the tests in Spa and Barcelona we've taken a step forward."

"Q1 wasn't perfect, I could have done better but I was pretty happy with my Q2 lap, didn't make any mistakes was pretty much on the limit and feeling the tyres going off. I think I got everything I could out of the car so we are still looking for a bit more there."

I was only a tenth off P3 and we were just a bit unlucky to be in the quicker group because only Shwartzman was quick in Group B but our Group A was very competitive," explained Verschoor who was fifth in Group A with a time that would have put him a close second in Group B. "Still that's the way it is and I have to deal with that."

"In Race 1 I gained three positions with overtaking on the opening lap and I chased after Palmer but didn't have the pace to gain on the front guys but managed the tyres and got a good result. In Race 2 I also gained four positions and then defended well after my tyres went away, managed to keep my position."

"So not a bad weekend at all, happy to be going in the right direction."

Verhagen pleased with some points

"The hard work the the team and myself have put in certainly paid off and it is great to pick up points both for the team and in the drivers championship," enthused 16-year-old American Verhagen. "It was a pretty eventful Race 1, plenty of action and a lot of fun. I didn't make a good start and had to play catch up a bit but it all went well and wasn't a bad result at all."

"For Race 2 today we tried something a bit different but it didn't work out the way we hoped. We were going for better performance for early to mid race but unfortunately by late in the race there was nothing left in the tyres and with the lack of grip I lost a few positions."

"Still overall I very happy and pleased with a very positive weekend and I am a lot more confident now that we can continue to go forward in the races coming up."

Ticktum better than expected

"It wasn't our greatest weekend but I think I did the best I possibly could, got the most out of the car," asserted 18-year-old Briton Ticktum. "I admit that the move on Aubry in Race 1 arguably was a bit ambitious but he left the gap and I'm a racing driver, I went for it. Unfortunately it didn't work out and that gave me a DNF and a two place grid penalty for Race 2."

"The drive is Race 2 wasn't bad at all, I believe I got the best out of the car. We were quick enough early on and I had to defend in the end and I managed that well and was Top Rookie again. Unfortunately with Race 1 I lost the Top Rookie spot in the championship so we'll have to get that back at Spa."

"We thought coming here that it could be our worst event as the test hadn't gone well early in the year. Considering that I think we did pretty well, not bad at all. Apart from the move on Aubry I am happy with the way I drove this weekend," concluded Ticktum.