Lucas Auer

Lucas Auer with a great Super Formula third at Sugo

#50 Lucas Auer (AUT – B-Max/Motopark Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 3rd – Grid: 3rd – Race: 3rd
Super Formula Championship position: 5th – 8 points – after 3 of 7 races

#15 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Mugen Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Qualifying: 19th – Grid: 19th – Race: 15th
Super Formula Championship position: 14th – 1 point – after 3 of 7 races

Lucas Auer scored a excellent third place at Sugo, a real achievement in only his third Super Formula outing, with great credit also to his combined B-Max/Motopark team. Fellow Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum had a torrid weekend by his standards and finished 15th.

Ecstatic Auer

"It was a really fantastic weekend," enthused the 24-year-old Austrian. "The team has come together brilliantly and we still have still so much potential to do even better, I am very excited about the rest if the season."

"Through free practice we tried a lot of different things and the car wasn't that great but the team analysed things and I analysed what I had to do so that we really had it all working for qualifying. Q3 was strange in that it was the out lap that counted but that's racing and I think a full session would have been even better for me," commented Auer on the session which was stopped and not restarted when an early crash caused barrier damage.

"For the race we decided to start on the softs and go as long as possible. The pit stop was a huge improvement over last time but not perfect and I lost a place but regained it immediately when the guy went off leaving the pit lane."

"Then we had some laps behind the safety car. Keeping some heat in the mediums like that is very hard and I had guys on softs behind me so it was a very difficult situation. Also the system here is a bit different so I had lapped cars in front of me. After the restart I almost ran into one when he closed the door so I got passed but that shouldn't detract from the truly brilliant weekend."

"Thanks to B-Max and Motopark for putting everything together, we are all working so well now and I am sure we have some more great races ahead," concluded the Honda Formula Dream Project driver who also came away with the fastest lap of the race.

Ticktum's trying time

"Terrible is the best way to describe it," expressed a clearly down 20-year-old Briton. "I don't know what to say really, I was so keen coming into the weekend, I loved the track last year and it hasn't changed and nor have I. We tried everything with the car, the set-up, I tried changing my driving style, we all did everything but there is something wrong that we didn't find."

"I really wonder whether when I hit the kerb at Autopolis something was damaged that we haven't found. It does seem that something is significantly wrong."

"These cars are very sensitive, you can see that most of the teams are inconsistent but that doesn't explain why I am a second off my teammate. Not wanting to be arrogant but on an off day I might be a tenth or so off but this is more than that. I'm going away and think about my driving, the team will look at the car and we'll come back to the next race much stronger."