Arthur ups the pressure in title chase! The Hungarian event was the exact opposite of Magny-Cours for Arthur Pic. His qualifying on the Hungaroring was just a tad worse than on home turf, but he made good starts and won the first race and...
Arthur ups the pressure in title chase!
The Hungarian event was the exact opposite of Magny-Cours for Arthur Pic. His qualifying on the Hungaroring was just a tad worse than on home turf, but he made good starts and won the first race and finished second in the second one. As his main rival also ran into problems, the Tech 1 Racing driver moved up the classification in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship.
In Hungary, Pic's start to the weekend in collective practice was a bit fraught, but not because of the rain as at Magny-Cours. The weather in Budapest was beautiful. However, stoppages during practice prevented him from bolting on new tyres so he was unable to validate his qualifying setup. The Tech 1 Racing engineers used their grey matter and their experience of the track to help their drivers fight their corner. It was not an easy job as the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup has new cars this year.
"This qualifying session was one of the most difficult of the season. I had a good car but because of the heat we had only a single lap to get the best out of the tyres," explained the 'Equipe de France' driver. "In addition, traffic on the track was even heavier than usual as several drivers from the British Championship came to beef up the field." Pic bagged third place on the grid for both races, just behind the championship leader Kevin Korjus for the first, and just ahead of him for the second.
So the scene was set for the title battle. The first act of the Hungarian round turned in Pic's favour when the lights went out. "I made a great start and the two drivers on the front row fluffed their getaway." Tenth after tenth the young Frenchman built up his lead in the opening laps, and in the second part of the race he drove home his advantage. He crossed the line with 5.117s in hand over the second-placed man just after setting the fastest lap in the race.
Pic gained a place at the start of race 2 and was around 1.5s behind the leader in the early laps. Like the previous day he began to up the pressure in the final third of the race and closed the gap to Barcheta leaving behind his team-mate, Vainio. "I was thinking about the championship, and the fact that second place was a really good operation, so I didn't try any heroics on the track on which overtaking is pretty difficult."
It's almost as if the championship battle has just begun. Pic still has a little under half the season to make people sit up and take notice and score enough points to win the title. His team Tech 1 Racing has just taken the lead in the teams' classification, and Arthur's prime aim at Hockenheim will be to close all or part of the 11-point gap separating him from the leader in the drivers' title chase. The World Series by Renault will plant its tent on the circuit (Hockenheim) that hosts the German Grand Prix on 4th-5th September.