Hockenheim Podium

Tsunoda wins, Doohan & Lawson podium - Euroformula at Hockenheim

#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Qualifying 1: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 6th (Pen) – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2: 3rd – Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 5th
Euroformula Open Championship position: 2nd – 89 points – after 6 of 18 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Qualifying 1: 4th – Race 1 Grid: 3rd – Race 1 Result: 4th
Qualifying 2: 2nd – Race 2 Grid: 2nd – Race 2 Result: 1st
Euroformula Open Championship position: 3rd – 80 points – after 6 of 18 races

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing Mercedes Dallara F317)
Qualifying 1: 2nd – Race 1 Grid: 2nd – Race 1 Result: 2nd
Qualifying 2: 7th – Race 2 Grid: 7th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Euroformula Open Championship position: 18th – 28 points – after 6 of 18 races

A great Euroformula Open weekend for the Red Bull Juniors at Hockenheim including overall victory for Yuki Tsunoda in Race 2 and a clean sweep of the Rookie podium in Race 1 (main photo).

Though Jack Doohan took an excellent overall 2nd in Race 1 from P2 on the grid and Liam Lawson overcame a troubled race for a great 3rd all were left feeling that the weekend could have been even better.

Yuki Tsunoda

Having been fast from the start of the season this first victory was overdue for the 19-year-old Japanese who had never seen Hockenheim before. "I concentrated from the start on learning the track and I very much enjoyed the high speed circuit."

"As I went faster I found I had some trouble with understeer and I wasn't really happy with the set-up for Saturday. Then in Race 1 I really didn't start well, I lost three positions, which was very frustrating. But then I settled in and felt a good feeling with the car and confident so I started to overtake and got back up to 4th but it should have been better."

"I talked to Liam after the race and he was having trouble with oversteer, we were having trouble with understeer so we changed our car closer to the settings that Marino (Sato) was running."

"The car was better today, P2 in qualifying and very close to Marino," stated Tsunoda who was only 0.047 off the more experienced Motopark Team mate Sato for pole. "My start was also much better and I was able to settle down to a good pace and make a good pass on Marino to take the lead. The car was working well and it was no problem to manage the race from there," concluded Tsunoda.

Jack Doohan

Finally the 16-year-old Australian found the pace in the Euroformula car that he has enjoyed all season in the F3 Asia series. "Yes it was great to get the first podium for the team but it could have been even better," said the Double R Racing driver of his second place in Race 1.

"It started well from Friday and we were right on the pace in every session until this morning," he enthused. He had topped the timing tables on Friday.
"First qualifying on Saturday was good and we should have had pole but for a small mistake but we lost a bit of pace for the race and I wasn't able to take advantage of the P2 on the grid and get the win. Still second was good."

"We knew we needed to find something overnight and the Double R guys tried some things for Q2 this morning but we didn't get what we needed so were only P7 for Race 2. They made some more changes for the race and that really worked."

"Then I got T-boned early and that bent a rear pushrod. Even with that the car had great pace today and I could come back through the field. We were lapping just two tenths off the fastest lap, catching everyone except Yuki (Tsunoda) who was in clean air."

"I got up to seventh but then the onboard camera box fell into the cockpit and that didn't help things."

"So seventh wasn't bad all considered but of course we wanted more. We want a win now and that is what we will be going for at Spa," concluded Doohan.

Liam Lawson

Pace never seems to be the problem for the 17-year-old New Zealander but he should have got more than a 3rd and a 5th out of the weekend. "Not a good week really, the pace should have been there but we had some problems."

"We were quick enough on Saturday but then in Race 1 I had to come from P6 on the grid," explained Lawson who had picked up a 3 place grid penalty from Pau after coming together with Motopark team-mate Julian Hanses in Race 2. "I was coming back from that, got up to P2 but the leg support fell down and I kept trying to push it back up and that contributed to me losing it in turn 1."

"Today, Qualy was quite good but in the race the balance went away and we really don't know why. From the start I could feel that it was very aggressive and in the end I had oversteer in the quick corners and understeer in the slow sections, it was really strange."

"I couldn't stay with Yuki, his car seemed to be working well. I had got ahead of Marino (Sato) for second and had backed off a bit but then he started pushing and I needed to up the pace, I was using all the road and used a bit too much and spun around."