Lucas Auer

Frustrating Super Formula Autopolis for Auer & Ticktum

#50 Lucas Auer (AUT – B-Max/Motopark Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 5th – Grid: 5th – Race: 11th

#15 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Mugen Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 16th – Grid: 16th – Race: DNF

Dan Ticktum was fastest in FP1 on Friday and Lucas Auer qualified fifth but a confused weekend left both Red Bull Juniors pointless at a weather effected Autopolis in the second round of the Super Formula series.

Lucas Auer

"Unfortunately the chances of a good result ended in one pit stop. We were fifth, on medium tyres, went for the early stop with just about everyone else to change to softs and it was the slowest pit stop ever, that was it really," explained the exasperated 24-year-old Austrian who went into the pits 5th and came out 13th.

"It was a shame because the team had done a lot of work since Suzuka. We did take a step forward but then so did everyone else. We still have a lot of work to do but that is to be expected," continued the B-Max/Motopark driver.

"Qualifying was difficult for everyone, I only got in one good lap but that got us 5th so I was looking forward to the race."

"We don't really have the car we need yet, that showed as we couldn't recover well from the pitstop so we do have to keep working hard and I am sure we will do that for Sugo," concluded Auer who crossed the line 11th.

Dan Ticktum

"I have to thank the team for putting in a lot of hard working coming into the weekend. From the numbers and my feedback after Suzuka they improved the car a lot and we saw that on Friday when we were quickest in FP1," stated the 19-year-old Briton.

"After that it became a weekend to forget unfortunately. The weather really messed things up. Qualifying on Saturday was cancelled because of the weather and we had Qualifying session this morning where there were so many red flags that only twelve drivers got inside 107% because eight of us only got a single run. I would go out, have two fastest sectors then have to abort because of a red or yellow flag. That kept happening."

"It was the same for everyone of course but it's a great shame that they didn't extend the session so that everyone could have a decent couple of laps. It made it a bit of a nonsense really. Of course we were all allowed to start but I was back in the grid."

"Then in the race I made a small mistake in turn 3, touched the grass which was wet and that spun me around. As I went to get going again and spin around into the right direction another car came and I had to abort the spin and stalled the car. That was the end of my race," explained the Mugen driver.

"A shame, as I said the team had done a great job and at least we can take those improvements to Sugo in a few weeks. I went well there last year so I'm looking forward to it."