#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 6th – 12 points – after 2 of 20 races
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 7 points – after 2 of 20 races
#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 16th – 0 points – after 2 of 20 races
The Silverstone Grand Prix circuit is the venue for the third and fourth races in this year's Formula Renault Eurocup and Red Bull Juniors Neil Verhagen, Richard Verschoor and Dan Ticktum are ready for a very different challenge to the opening round in Monza.
Ticktum at home
No doubt 17-year-old Briton Ticktum will have quite a few followers expecting him to impress at home. "I will have friends there but once I get in the car I wont be thinking about that."
"We get a good amount of testing on Thursday, it's the GP circuit which is great, very excited about that. Not done a huge amount of running on the GP track but we did a couple of days in December so I know my way around."
The Arden driver, who was super quick through preseason testing, is determined to put the Italian frustrations behind him. "The only thing I really did wrong in Monza was in testing when I got it into my head that my engine wasn't that good. In fact it was just the difference between the Renault and the F3 car I am more used to."
"The F3 car punches a big hole in the air so when you get a tow it makes a big difference. When I didn't get the same in the Eurocup car I got the feeling that my engine wasn't performing but that wasn't it. So I just need to be more logical about things if I've got a problem and work through it."
Verschoor looking to himself
Very happy to be at Silverstone, 16-year-old Dutchman Verschoor is looking forward to the challenge. "It's way different to Monza, more about driving, less slipstreaming, I hope to be way closer to the quick drivers, I'm going to be pushing and be hard on myself. I need to focus way more on myself. It has to come from me, we are not looking to make big improvements in the car, it is down to my driving."
"We did two days of testing in the winter so I have a good idea about the track. I have also done time in the sim and though that makes a difference, it doesn't change my driving. The sim helps you learn which way the track goes but you still have to do it in the car, you can be doing great in the sim and still be bad on track so I don't think too much about that," concluded the MP Motorsport driver.
Verhagen looking to be closer
American 16-year-old Verhagen had a great weekend in Italy but knows he can do even better. "I would like to start off stronger, more on the pace from the start. I want to be closer to the pace in practice so we are only looking for little improvements rather than 3 or 4 tenths. If I can get closer to the front guys early on then when we get to qualifying we are only looking for a few small things."
"It's good that we have quite a lot of test time on Thursday, I already know the track from two days last year and I am really excited," enthused the MP Motorsport driver. "It is quite a bit different to Monza. We are supposed to be getting rain there, that will be interesting, I have not raced much at all in the wet so we'll just see how that goes."
Silverstone weekend schedule – all times BST (CEST -1)
Thursday May 11th
09:00 – 15:35 Tests (4x45 minutes)
Friday May 12th
09:00 – 09:50 Collective tests 1
13:00 – 13:50 Collective tests 2
Saturday May 13th
09:00 – 09:15 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
09:20 – 09:35 Qualifying 1 (Group B)
14:00 – 14:27 Race 1 (25 mins + 1 lap)
Sunday May 14th
09:00 – 09:15 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
09:20 – 09:35 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
13:40 – 14:07 Race 2 (25 mins + 1 lap)