FIA F3

Vips, Lawson and Tsunoda continue the FIA F3 chase at the Hungaroring

#21 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 3rd – 92 points – after 8 of 16 races

#4 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 10th – 22 points – after 8 of 16 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Jenzer Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 13th – 11 points – after 8 of 16 races

Starting the second half of the FIA F3 Championship season this weekend at the Hungaroring, Red Bull Juniors Jüri Vips, Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda are all set to build on the form they exhibited in the first 8 races.

Vips chasing more wins

Victories at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone have given the 18-year-old Estonian a strong shot at the title. He stands third, 22 points off the lead.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the car, it should be a fun weekend. It's a technical track and there are sections where you have no time to think at all, the corners are straight on top of each other. It is a challenge."

"The guys have done a fantastic job all through the recent races," stated the Hitech Grand Prix driver. "Of course we can always try and improve little things but I think it is also down to me now. We know that if we are going to win this championship we need to be perfect every weekend."

"In Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring I made a mistake and at Silverstone I got taken out, those two cost us a lot of points and we've got to be right on top from now on."

Tsunoda knows the Hungaroring

It has been a steep learning curve for the 19-year-old Japanese this season, a new circuit almost every time but the Honda Formula Dream Project driver has already contested the Euroformula Open round at the Hungaroring where he was fourth.

"I am really looking forward to this weekend, confident that I know the track," he enthused "I have raced here and also tested so it is a very different situation to the recent F3 rounds at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone where I was learning the circuits."

"I like the track very much, it is technical and I enjoyed driving the Euroformula car here so I think that I can have a good weekend. Hopefully with the experience I have I can qualify in the top five and go from there," stated the Jenzer Motorsport driver.

Lawson looking for balance

"We've just done the track walk," reported the 17-year-old New Zealander on Thursday morning. "It's a really good circuit, I like it, it's a challenge. Especially in this heat, it is a physical track so that is also a factor."

"The heat also comes into play with the tyres through the weekend of course. We are changing the car as the track conditions change and I know that it is not just up to the engineers, it is up to me to adapt as well," noted the MP Motorsport driver.

"We know that we need to improve, we are still looking for outright pace but at Silverstone qualifying wasn't too bad, we were more lacking race pace. So we've got all that to think about and I am thinking about the compromise needed with the tyres, to be quick but look after them, it's a fine balance," added the Kiwi who was on the podium at the Hungarian Euroformula round.

Hungaroring weekend schedule – all times Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Friday 1st August
09:35 – Practice (45 minutes)

Saturday 2nd August
09:00 – Qualifying (30 minutes)
16:45 – Race 1 (22 laps)

Sunday 3rd August
10:00 – Race 2 (22 laps)