Steady performance on home ground
Normally we cross half Europe to reach the next event of the FIA F3 European Championship, now we arrived at the 6th round of the championship in just over an hour. At Zandvoort it was a ‘coming home’ for Van Amersfoort Racing. We welcomed a lot of partners and friends during the weekend and collected six point-scoring-results including a third place by Callum Ilott.
Circuit Park Zandvoort is one of the old school racing circuits in the world. Molded between the dunes near by the North Sea makes it already quite unique. The layout of the track does the rest; Zandvoort is technically complicated, tricky and fast. Definitely not an easy one for the young F3 guns, considering qualification is key since overtaking is basically impossible because of the dirty air coming of the car in front.
Second year F3 pilot Callum showed his skills in qualifying scoring two decent top 7 results and one pole position for the second race. Our French F3 rookie Anthoine Hubert continued his string of strong performances with two top 10 qualifying results, while fellow rookies Harrison Newey and Pedro Piquet used their track time to learn about the finesses of the dune track.
Race 1: top 10 results for Callum and Anthoine
After the starting lights for race 1 faded, Callum got tangled between Prema drivers Nick Cassidy and Maximilian Günther, allowing championship leader and Prema driver Lance Stroll plus Alessio Lorandi to pass him. It motivated our Briton to battle for fourth position with Günther for the entire race, often diving into the gearbox of his opponent while looking for ways to pass. Eventually the Briton settled for fifth. Anthoine crossed the line in ninth position after a decent race, collecting valuable championship points. Brazilian Pedro made up two places from 15th position in 13th spot, while Harrison completed the race in 19th position.
1. Lance Stroll Prema PowerteamDallara/Mercedes 23 laps
2. Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes +8.026s
3. Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen +10.146s
5. Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort RacingDallara/Mercedes +12.102s
9. Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +15.069s
13. Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +25.180s
19. Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +29.998s
Race 2: podium finish for Callum
Just that little bit of wheel spin at the start made that pole sitter Callum had to settle for third after the Tarzanbocht. He tried the cut back on the exit of this famous 180 degree turn, but lost out on momentum to keep his opponents behind. Nevertheless the Briton collected his fifth podium finish of the season, giving our squad a nice podium result on home soil. Anthoine crowned a faultless performance - starting from and finishing in fourth - with another encouraging result. Harrison went from 14th at the start to 12th after 23 laps, showing his progress in getting to grips with Circuit Park Zandvoort, while Pedro scored a decent 15th place.
1. Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 23 laps
2. Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes +1.136s
3. Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +4.800s
4. Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +7.106s
12. Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +27.974s
16. Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +30.279s
Race 3: twice in the top 10
Callum made the most of the final race at Zandvoort. Optimum focus at the start was rewarded with a one position win; from seventh to sixth. The Briton looked for the boundaries of grip in the hunt for a top 5 finish, resulting in a big slide and an equal save towards the end of this third race. With three point scoring results Callum is still in the top 3 of the championship standings.
Also Anthoine managed to win a position at the start, giving him his third top 10 finish of the weekend and the sweet taste of grabbing the last championship point. Our French F3 rookie is closing the gap in the standings and working his way into the top 10. Both Harrison and Pedro graduated for their Zandvoort exam this final race, showing excellent lap times without making a scratch on their Mercedes-Benz powered Dallara’s. A good ending towards the second visit to our home track at the end of august. But first another iconic track awaits: Spa-Francorchamps in the last weekend of July.
1. Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 23 laps
2. Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes+1.287s
3. David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes +7.088s
6. Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +13.372s
10. Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +20.602s
13. Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +23.853s
18. Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes +37.486s
1. Lance Stroll 259; 2. Maximilian Gunther 203; 3. Callum Ilott 173; 12. Anthoine Hubert 81; 17. Pedro Piquet 9; 18. Harrison Newey 8.