Liam Lawson

Liam Lawson wins in Barcelona - Euroformula Open

#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Free Practice: 8th – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 5th – Race 2 Grid: 5th – Race 2 Result: 6th
Euroformula Open Championship position: 3rd – 154 points – after 16 of 18 races
(Some races missed due to date clashes)

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Free Practice: 9th – Race 1 Grid: 9th – Race 1 Result: 11th
Qualifying 2: 8th – Race 2 Grid: 8th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Euroformula Open Championship position: 5th – 117 points – after 16 of 18 races
(Some races missed due to date clashes)

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing Mercedes Dallara F317)
Free Practice: 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 15th
Qualifying 2: 12th – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: 10th
Euroformula Open Championship position: 11th – 77 points – after 16 of 18 races
(Some races missed due to date clashes)

A superb drive on a very wet Saturday in Barcelona gave Liam Lawson and the Motopark team a memorable Euroformula Open win. The 17-year-old New Zealander followed that up with a sixth in the dry on Sunday while his fellow Red Bull Juniors Yuki Tsunoda and Jack Doohan had a frustrating weekend by their standards.

Lawson splashes through to win

Saturday was so wet that Qualifying was cancelled and the grid for Race 1 made up from Friday's Free Practice times. "We were using Free Practice for race runs so did not have any quick times," explained Lawson. "Luckily the race was wet, I love racing in the rain. We started P8, got a good start, passed people early and then was patient. Lundqvist did a really good job of keeping ahead of me but eventually I got through and it was really cool to pass Kjaergaard on the last lap for the win, it's been a while."

"This morning in Qualifying we had an issue with the car, problems with the pedals but we still managed to pull out a lap for P5. I had a good start but Sato was quicker and even though he started to lose the rears early it is so hard to pass here. We had really good balance and it should have been easier."

"Hopefully we will not have the same problems in Monza, I'm looking forward to the passing opportunities there."

Tsunoda positive about the wet

"The best thing to come from the weekend was the experience of racing in the rain," explained the 19-year-old Japanese. "I needed it, I have not had enough wet racing."

"In the dry today it was quite frustrating. My push lap in Qualifying was not too bad but not good enough for the top 3 or 4. We could not challenge the Carlin cars and I have no idea why. I am sure that is something our team will be looking at."

"In the race my start was OK and I managed to pass one car for P7 on the first lap. Then I was trying to pass the two Motopark cars ahead but it is so hard to pass here and I was not able to do it."

Doohan felt like he swapped cars

"Not a good weekend and a really weird one," admitted the 16-year-old Australian who was fourth fastest in Testing on Thursday afternoon. "We had pace in testing on Thursday, we saved our tyres on Friday and then today the pace just wasn't there. We have no idea what happened, we lost a full second."

"Saturday in the wet was unfortunate. We had contact but because I was in a points scoring position I kept going, I had a cracked rim and bent suspension and it was hopeless, eventually I decided that I should pit but the team told me to stay out, a bit embarrassing really."

"Then today we just lost the pace completely in Qualifying. I got a good start and managed to get some positions early which I am very glad about but then we just didn't have the pace at all. It was really strange, like driving a completely different car to the one I had on Thursday."