EU: Series Hungaroring qualifying report

Christensen Scorches Away from the Opposition in Hungary. Hungaroring, 24 July. In the blistering heat of the Hungaroring Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport) stamped his authority on qualifying for the two Formula BMW Europe races by ...

Christensen Scorches Away from the Opposition in Hungary.

Hungaroring, 24 July. In the blistering heat of the Hungaroring Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport) stamped his authority on qualifying for the two Formula BMW Europe races by claiming both poles. As if this was not impressive enough, he was also over eight tenths of a second faster than Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) at the end of the 25 minute session.

After the cold of the Nu rburgring, the Hungarian weekend was always going to be different in every aspect. From 12 Celcius to 27 Celcius was one important factor, but also the tracks vary greatly. The Hungaroring near Budapest is notorious for being hard to overtake on and also for lots of dust and dirt on the track.

Third, and having by far his best qualifying of the season, was Jim Pla (FR/DAMS), while Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) was in his usual spot at the top of the Rookies. However, one driver who must have been disappointed was sixth fastest Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational Racing), who not only took pole for both races a year ago, but also went on to win them.

Pole - Rounds 9&10: Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport): "I just pushed it and the car was good enough for pole. I also just found my limits and that was it. The track conditions were better than in free practice, I had new tyres and the car was perfect. There are so many corners and it is quite difficult to overtake, so my goal is not to do any mistakes and we shall see how it goes."

2nd - Rounds 9&10: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "It is a difficult track and second is okay. We have two races so I am looking forward to seeing what happens, although I know they will be difficult. We have tested here, but the conditions were much differeent, now it is so hot so that has made a big difference. The positive thing is the car feels good."

3rd Rounds 9&10: Jim Pla (FR/DAMS): "The first run in qualifying was good, but I made some mistakes in some of the sectors. So when I went into the pits the team told me I could improve in some sectors. I tried not to make any mistakes and so that was good. I like the track, and last year was good as well but I had a crash in the second race when I think I was about eighth. Now I hope to have a podium."

4th Round 9, 10th Round 10 and top Rookie: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "I am disappointed if not at the front! I just made a mistake, that is all. It is my own mistake. I went off the track, had to slow down and that was my fastest lap. We shall see what happens in the first race. It's not easy to overtake here, but I am working on it."

The motorsport community was saddened and shocked last Sunday to learn of the tragic death of 18-year-old Henry Surtees in an accident at Brands Hatch. This weekend in Hungary Great Britain's Jack Harvey and his team, Fortec Motorsport, are paying their respects to this talented young driver who was a graduate of Formula BMW UK. The livery of Harvey's FB02 is reflecting this with black markings, and he is wearing a black armband. Harvey is supported by the Racing Steps Foundation of which John Surtees is the ambassador.

Everyone involved in Formula BMW Europe sends their condolences to Henry's parents, Jane and John Surtees, in what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.

-credit: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers John Surtees , Henry Surtees , Michael Christensen , Daniel Juncadella , Jack Harvey , Robin Frijns , Felipe Nasr
Teams DAMS