Liam Lawson

Lawson wins Tsunoda podiums with too much Euroformula drama at Pau

#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark)
Qualifying 1: 1st – Race 1 Grid: 1st – Race 1 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 4th – Race 2 Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: DNF
Euroformula Open Championship position: 1st – 64 points – after 4 of 18 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark)
Qualifying 1: 5th – Race 1 Grid: 5th – Race 1 Result: DNF
Qualifying 2: 2nd – Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Euroformula Open Championship position: 4th – 42 points – after 4 of 18 races

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing)
Qualifying 1: 12th – Race 1 Grid: 12th – Race 1 Result: 12th
Qualifying 2: 12th – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: DNF
Euroformula Open Championship position: 15th – 4 points – after 4 of 18 races

Liam Lawson was the fast man at Pau almost all weekend and dominated Euroformula Race 1. Motopark teammate Yuki Tsunoda was on the same pace and might have won Race 2, the Pau Grand Prix, but the rain intervened and he took third. All three Red Bull Juniors were new to Pau. Jack Doohan was 12th in Race 1, still trying to get his Euroformula pace to match what he extracts from an F3 Asia car.

Liam Lawson

The domination that Lawson had almost from his first lap of the famous street circuit saw him top both free practice sessions and first Qualifying. He carried that into Race 1 and was in a class of his own.

"It was a great first couple of days," enthused the 17-year-old New Zealander. "We got straight on the pace and even in Qualifying 1 we were fastest but I think that there was more to come there, we didn't push it to the maximum."

"In Race 1 I got a good start, settled into a good rhythm and enjoyed it."

"Then today in Qualifying we were just a bit too conservative on the first set of tyres, a bit unfortunate with track position. There was certainly more to come but when we went out on the second set and I went for the push lap I was making up so much time in some sectors but other parts of the track were wet so the lap time wasn't there."

"Then in the race we were on slicks and it was wet but I was being patient, I got past Yuki and I wasn't rushing to get past Julian (Hanses) but then I could see the guys with rain tyres were coming." explained Lawson who was P2. "I saw an opportunity and went for it. Julian saw me and defended, I tried to get out of it, we were both trying to get the cars stopped, both on the wrong line going into the corner and we got together."

"I've got a three place grid penalty for the next race, fair enough. I certainly didn't intend it to happen and I'm very sorry for the team," added the Motopark driver.

Yuki Tsunoda

"It was a very interesting weekend," stated the 19-year-old Japanese. "From Free Practice I had a good pace, confident and prepared for dry Qualifying. In Q1 we could use 2 sets new tires, with the first set I had a good feeling, the pace was good compared to the others. Then with the 2nd set I tried to improve in all the sectors, I was pushing hard, good pace but some mistakes and it wasn't good for the lap time."

"In Race 1 the start, I lost 2 positions after that, on the second lap I passed one guy. I had good pace, I tried to pass another guy and I pushed too much, slid the right front tyre, lost control went into the barrier."

"I got back on track, with damage on the front. For about 6 laps it was OK but then I pushed too much in turn 6, lost control and broke front suspension so had no chance cary on."

"This morning in Q2 I still had confidence in dry conditions, I needed to improve the turn 6 and 7, a chicane section. I changed how to brake and I improved on the first set new tyres. It was a tricky session, I went to pit for the second set and it started to rain some others were a bit quicker out on their second set and improved but by the time I came out the track was wet and I lost the chance to improve so was only second fastest."

Race 2 we started on dry tyres but the track was already wet. I tried to pass the first guy, I locked up the front and missed the last corner a lot so the third guy pass me. I still had good pace though. The Carlin guy on rain tyres, he was much faster and we let him go. I tried to stay out on track but it was raining more and in the end I had to pit for rain tyres."

"I came out P7 or 8 with only about 4 or 5 laps to go but managed to pass some guys and get third," concluded the Motopark driver.

Jack Doohan

"Not a good one," was the 16-year-old Australian's frank assessment even though the event showed some promise early on as he was 11th and 7th in the wet on Friday, his first look at the circuit. "It wasn't bad and it wasn't near our potential, we certainly could have got more out of it in the wet."

"But in the dry on Saturday we didn't have the pace, inexperience from me, from the team, the car balance, the tyre pressures, the lap time just wan't there," stated the Double R Racing driver.

"In the race I made a small error into the chicane, couldn't quite recover and that was race over," he said about his lap 23 incident.

"This morning we were struggling a bit and I felt I needed to push harder to get a lap time in and move up the grid. I over pushed, locked the rears into turn three and was off."

"So again not a good place on the grid. Managed to get to tenth but then after the safety car restart I got tapped from behind and spun around by the eventual winner, so that was it for Race 2."

"That's the polite version of the weekend," concluded Doohan who was out on lap 4 in Race 2.