Lawson and Tsunoda

Pau Euroformula classic for trio of Lawson, Tsunoda & Doohan

#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 1st – 38 points – after 2 of 18 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 4th – 26 points – after 2 of 18 races

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing Mercedes Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 10th – 10 points – after 2 of 18 races

The status of the Euroformula Open is enhanced by it being the title event in France this weekend, the 78th Grand Prix de Pau around the famous street circuit. It is the second round of the series and again three Red Bull Juniors are in action.

They are all new to Pau and Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda will be looking to continue the great form that both demonstrated at Paul Ricard during the opening weekend while Jack Doohan will be thinking more of the excellent pace he showed just a few days ago in the Asian F3 series.

Liam Lawson

The 17-year-old New Zealander is planning on at least matching his form in the opening round. "Yes it will be nice to have a good weekend, put last weekend behind me," he asserted referring the the frustrations of the Barcelona F3 event. "Paul Ricard was a great start to the year and I am looking forward to getting back in the Euroformula Car. I have never been to Pau before but we've had a very good run in the Red Bull sim and I've watched as much video as I could to be as ready as I can be."

"Of course I don't know really what to expect of the car set-up," continued the Motopark driver. "I know the track is bumpy so it is bound to be softer. The kerbs look like street kerbs not race track kerbs so you can't event touch them."

"I've only been on one street circuit, Surfers Paradise in Australia and that is quite different so I am very much looking forward to this new challenge. There is not much practice time at all, so I have to get out there and learn it quickly, all the new driers are in the same boat."

Yuki Tsunoda

"It is my first time in Pau, my first time on a street circuit," explained the 19-year-old Japanese. "I am very interested to see what it will be like. I have watched videos of races like Pau and Macau and I have wanted to drive in Macau for some time so it is great to finally get the chance to drive a street track."

"I did a good session in the Red Bull sim and at the end of that I felt a lot more comfortable and confident about it, I have a good feel for the circuit. I know the real thing will be different, the car will be set up very differently to Paul Ricard, so we will see," added the Motopark driver.

"We know from the forecast that it can rain this weekend, that will also make a difference. At some circuits I have tested but not all so I know I have to deal with no testing at some tracks."

"I don't feel big pressure. It is interesting to go to such a circuit with no chance to test before and only short practice sessions," concluded Tsunoda, the master of understatement.

Jack Doohan

The Australian 16-year-old is keen to get into action. "Yes It's my first street circuit and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a great experience."

"The time in the sim is very valuable because we don't have a lot of practice time on track. I will go out there and adapt and learn as quickly as possible, stay away from the walls and keep the car damage free so that I can get in as many laps as possible."

"Of course we weren't happy at Paul Ricard," stated the Double R Racing driver. "I believe the team have been working hard to get the car sorted and this is completely different, a different sort of circuit, a different mix of other classes so different rubber on the surface. I have to leave the team to deal with all of that and concentrate on my part, on doing the best job I can do."

"Last weekend in Asian F3 was good and it shows that when it all comes together the results are there and there is no reason why we can't do that this weekend."


Pau weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 17th May
10:45 – 11:25 Free Practice 1
17:15 – 17:55 Free Practice 2

Saturday 18th May
11:10 – 11:35 Qualifying 1
16:15 – 16:50 Race 1

Sunday 19th May
10:14 – 10:39 Qualifying 2
15:20 – 16:00 Race 2 – the 78th Grand Prix de Pau