Learning the NÃ¼rburgring Formula 3 Euro Series visited the famous NÃ¼rburgring this week-end, and it was an opportunity for Guillaume Moreau to discover one more Formula 1 circuit. He enjoyed the track very much, and could also experience ...
Learning the Nürburgring
Formula 3 Euro Series visited the famous Nürburgring this week-end, and it was an opportunity for Guillaume Moreau to discover one more Formula 1 circuit. He enjoyed the track very much, and could also experience the amazing 22 km-long « Nordschleife », where the German Grand Prix took place until 1976, at the wheel of a road car.
On Thursday, Guillaume's team found the origin of a problem the French driver already had to face in Norisring. "I couldn't change the gears down because of the pedal support. I was accelerating a little while braking. We lost one session because of that, and it was a shame because I had to learn the circuit, and we were also testing a brand new set-up for the car." On Friday, Guillaume was satisfied with his Dallara's handling. He also tested a new clutch, but it began to rain at the end of the free practice, so he couldn't do any start simulation. Consequences were soon to follow.
Guillaume managed to qualify in the first half of the grid for both races, 11th and best rookie for Saturday's, and 9th overall for Sunday's race. Not to bad for his first outing on this circuit. Unfortunately, he stalled at the start of race 1! The new clutch. He did his best to recover and drove from the back to 16th place.
"I was highly motivated to make a good start on Sunday" After a terrific battle against Perera and Van der Garde, Guillaume was 6th at the end of the first lap. But the Dutch as well as the Frenchman could reclaim their places after another tremendous move at the end of the pit straight. "When rain began to fall, I kept cool, then managed to strike back behind Perera, Franchi, Van der Garde and Bonanomi, but I also had to take care of Hirate just behind me." Plenty of entertaining action took place in this pack, with drivers facing changeable conditions, Guillaume fighting wheel-to- wheel and even touching sometimes with Hirate. "Our battle cost us time, I think I could have finished 6th in this race." But the Signature driver had enough pace to secure 8th position on the finish line. It's important to learn, but it's also important to get points while learning, and Guillamune could collect one once again in Nürburgring.
There will be a lot more points to take in Zandvoort, on August 27th and 28th!