On the way to F1 | Viscaal breaks through in F3 with a beautiful closing phase


Formula 1, it is the dream of all young drivers in Formula 2 and Formula 3. Every year new talents emerge in the acclaimed junior classes. Youth watchers Maurits Kappetijn, Christian Moerman and Gino Haverkamp select in the section On the way to F1 every week the young drivers who stood out in their eyes during the last race weekend. This week Gino Haverkamp and Christian Moerman shine their light on the youngsters in motorsport.

Viscaal wins Formula 3 race after beautiful final phase at Silverstone

Christian: Besides Max Verstappen, there was another Dutchman who triumphed in Great Britain last weekend. This young man was called Bent Viscaal. The top talent, who made his debut in the FIA ​​Formula 3 Championship in 2019 and is now in his second year in the sub-class, managed to take victory in a spectacular way at Silverstone. The fifth weekend of the 2020 season turned out to be the perfect opportunity for the 20-year-old boy from Overijssel to leave his mark on the year.

Earlier this season, Viscaal was robbed of the victory by a time penalty. The time penalty he received in Hungary coincided with an unfortunate safety car, which caused him to drop from P1 to P17 when crossing the finish line. Since then, a driver from Albergen has been looking for revenge. After finishing eighth in race one, he was allowed to start the second race on the British asphalt from third place.

Viscous from P3

Viscaal came out of his place in the second race of the second weekend at Silverstone and swung around the number one, Ben Barnicoat, who got off to a slow start. The Dutchman moved to P2 while Lirim Zendeli, who started from second place, was in the lead. The MP Motorsport driver left the rest of the field together with leader Zendeli. While there was fierce fighting behind the two cars in front for the third podium place, the final score seemed to be determined in the final phase of the race. Viscaal stayed within DRS distance of Zendeli, but failed to make an effective attack until the very last lap of the race.

Zendeli made a small mistake exiting Brooklands, turn six, and Viscaal was able to put pressure. They drove side by side to Copse, after which Zendeli took the lead again. The rest of the round was a change of penny for the two youngsters. Coming up from the straight to the finish it turned out to be Viscaal with the advantage. With a lead of only 0.189s, he managed to win the race spectacularly.

Viscaal’s performance so far this season has been a bit shaky, so he has to settle for tenth place in the title battle (36 points) for the time being. Yet he has already shown several times for the Dutch team that he has a good portion of talent. If he continues like this, we could see a Dutch winner in Formula 3 more often this year. After Silverstone it is in any case clear that Viscaal definitely belongs there.

Tsunoda gets in shape

Gino: Almost everyone agrees that Yuki Tsunoda is a great talent. His raw speed already showed the Red Bull protégé with a second place in the second feature race at the Red Bull Ring last month, but that was his only points finish in the first six Formula 2 races.

From the first race at Silverstone, the twenty-year-old Japanese also translates his talent into results. A third place in the first feature race, an unfortunate failure in the following sprint race, a neat P6 in the feature race of the GP of the Seventieth Anniversary and finally that coveted victory on Sunday.

Tsunoda took full advantage of fumbling for him in race two of the Seventy Years Grand Prix. He drove the entire race in P3 with Prema drivers Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher in front of him. When the latter wanted to overtake his teammate at Wellington Straight for the lead in the race in the closing stages, they hit each other. Tsunoda took full advantage, took over the lead and thus drove to his first Formula 2 victory.

Yuki Tsunoda took his first Formula 2 victory at Silverstone. (photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)

Masterclass tire management

The Japanese won with a little fortune, but you do not do him enough credit to blame it on that alone. Tsunoda, who started from P3, showed a very strong example of tire management. In the early stages of the race, he left a gap of a few seconds to the Premas, before closing the gap in rapid steps thanks to his economical driving style in the final phase.

When Schumacher and Shwartzman collided, Tsunoda was just a few tenths behind them at that point. So it was quite possible that Carlin’s driver would have won even if the men in front of him had not crashed together, thanks to his good tire management. He seems to have already mastered that and that is unbelievably clever for a debuting Formula 2 driver. (Photo: Tikiowa 1)


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