Harrison Newey experienced a weekend of mixed emotions during round four of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season held at the Hungaroring last weekend.
The young Englishman, driving for Van Amersfoort Racing arrived to Hungary on the back of his best ever Formula 3 outing – at the Pau Grand Prix where he achieved a brace of fourth places. His high hopes were boosted by the fact that he topped the timesheets during pre-season testing held at the very same venue located north-east of Budapest.
Friday’s qualifying session was held in wet weather conditions. The 18-year-old managed to qualify a very respectable ninth. The first of the three races was scheduled for Saturday, this time however the conditions were much improved compared to the previous day and the race was held on a bone-dry track.
Newey managed to make good progress in the opening stages of the race and soon found himself in sixth place, applying pressure on team-mate Joey Mawson. He ultimately brought his Mercedes-powered Dallara home in sixth, extending his streak of finishes in the points to four races.
Sunday’s events turned out to be less satisfying for Newey however. Tyre issues left him 17th on the grid for race two of the weekend. Newey managed to put in a gritty drive though, to progress up to 15th place at the chequered flag. The final race of the weekend turned out to be another frustrating one as he was struggled with tyres issues and his 16th place in qualifying was followed by 18th in the race.
Despite difficulties experienced over the course of the weekend, Newey once again proved that he’s capable of scoring solid points and run in the mix with the front-runners. Points scored in race one allowed him to remain the championship’s top ten, as he’s currently ranked ninth in the standings with 51 points to his name. From now, Newey’s focus is fully switched to round five of the championship held at the Norisring on July 1 and 2.
The last time out he raced on a street track resulted in Newey’s best F3 result to date, and a strong performance can be expected on the iconic venue located in the heart of Nuremberg.