Harrison Newey was in action at his second ever FIA International F3 European Championship event last weekend. Racing at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Newey accrued more valuable mileage and experience as he continues his rookie season in one of the world’s most competitive junior single-seater championships.
The Van Amersfoort Racing driver came through the tough weekend, which featured difficulties with track and weather conditions, to claim a points finish in the last race of the weekend.
After a fine debut at Paul Ricard earlier this month the 17 year-old showed ample fighting spirit after frustrations in qualifying. Newey, in his Van Amersfoort Racing run Dallara-Mercedes, claimed two 12th position finishes on Saturday and a 10th on Sunday to further his knowledge of racing in the FIA International F3 European Championship.
Final Position: 12th position
After a challenging qualifying period resulted in Newey starting from the rear of the grid, the race saw the Van Amersfoort driver make progress later in the race after rivals tyres grained badly.
Newey, like his three teammates Pedro Piquet, Callum IIlot and Anthoine Hubert had a demanding first phase of the race after grappling with set-up problems on the quirky track surface which made his rubber take longer to perform.
However, driving an intelligent race Newey looked after his Hankook tyres better than his rivals and made progress in the later stages. One of the fastest cars on the track, Newey’s Van Amersfoort Dallara-Mercedes fought through to 12th position at the chequered flag.
Final Position: 12th position
The second race of the weekend was almost a mirror image of the first with Newey having a race of two halves with his car initially struggled in the early running.
He again placed 12th despite the frustration of struggling to get his tyres to perform to his satisfaction. Again though the young British racer worked hard and was able to match his first race result and gain more valuable miles of experience in his rookie season of FIA International F3 European Championship competition.
Final Position: 10th
A wet final event on Sunday saw Newey get a fine start and initially run in eighth position. As the race wore on though, the balance of his car dropped away and with too much oversteer he was demoted to 10th place but still added to his points tally in 2016.
For Newey it was another crucial opportunity to learn more about F3 racing in treacherous conditions and take away key aspects of wet weather race craft, which is sure to put him in good stead for future events.
“All in all it was a tough weekend. The track surface had been re-laid just before the meeting and it was incredibly slippery. It was quick and it evolved quite a lot but every time we went out the car seemed to react differently.
“Qualifying wasn’t too great at all for us, but as the races wore on and the tyres came in more, particularly in races one, where we got quicker and managed to set some really competitive times. I set a purple sector and got third fastest lap of the race so the potential was there but it was just that it took too long to come together.
“Race three was another tough race and my first in the wet. I suppose it was a good leveller because nobody had experience of those conditions at the circuit. I learnt a lot over the duration of that race.
“Ultimately it was a really demanding weekend for many reasons, not least of which was that as a team we had to take a lot of gambles because of the unknowns of the new track surface.
“Next up is Pau and I am really looking forward to getting my first experience of a street circuit. I’ve heard so much about it. As a team we will re-group and definitely come back strongly in France next month.”