Drivex set to kick off 2020 Euroformula F3 Open season at the Hungaroring

Drivex set to kick off 2020 Euroformula F3 Open season at the Hungaroring

05.08.2020: The Spain-based team will enter all-new Dallara 320 machinery for young pairing of Omani Al Habsi and Dutchman van Berlo. The eight-round calendar across six countries promises plenty of closely-fought Formula 3 action After more than four month


The Spain-based team will enter all-new Dallara 320 machinery for young pairing of Omani Al Habsi and Dutchman van Berlo. The eight-round calendar across six countries promises plenty of closely-fought Formula 3 action

 


After more than four months of waiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused disruption to motorsport across the world, the 2020 Euroformula F3 Open season finally kicks off with Round 1 at the Hungaroring for a long-awaited action-packed weekend.



Drivex will field its two new HWA-powered Dallara 320 cars for young aces Glenn van Berlo and Shihab Al Habsi, which proves Drivex continues to nurture young motorsport talent. Drivex’s prospects for the season look excellent as both drivers represent signings with immense potential.



Dutchman van Berlo will make his debut in the Formula 3-based racing series after the 18-years-old driver finished runner-up in the Spanish F4 Championship with three wins and ten podium finishes to his name last year. The Euroformula F3 Open will be another step forward in his successful racing career towards the pinnacle of motorsport.



Al Habsi, also a newcomer to the Formula 3 racing series, is another rising star as the Omani driver also secured remarkable wins and podiums across the world in series such as the F4 United Arab Emirates Championship – in which he ranked third in the Drivers’ standings–, the Formula 4 South East Asia or the Spanish F4 Championship itself. At just 16-years-old, Al Habsi will enter the series with the tag of being the youngest driver in the field.



The 2020 season will see new Halo-fitted Dallara 320 cars featuring a strengthened monocoque. The new 320 machinery reflects the aesthetics of a modern F1 car and with better cornering speed is able to achieve faster lap times. A real challenge for any young driver!



The Hungarian circuit is dubbed “Monaco without the walls” as it is tight and twisty. Given the nature of the Hungaroring, a high downforce set-up is mandatory. Besides, the August weather in Mogyoród can be very hot, with peaks of 40 degrees centigrade. So, the physical demands for drivers are extremely high at the Hungaroring.



Track action will begin with two private test sessions on Thursday, which will give a first taste of the circuit for the drivers. With two other free practice sessions on Friday, it will get even more serious on Saturday. After Q1, which is scheduled at 09.35, Race 1 will take place at 13.20. On Sunday, Q2 is scheduled at 09.35 with Race 2 bringing the curtain down on the weekend at 13.20. All times are CET. Both races consist of 17 laps each and they will be livestreamed on the Euroformula F3 Open channel on YouTube.



Shihab Al Habsi (Driver): “Formula 1 has only just left the Hungaroring, so this makes it even more special that I am just about to race on this very technical track with a long racing history. The Dallara 320 race car is very different to the Formula 4 cars that I have driven before and I need to quickly adapt to get the most aerodynamic and mechanical grip from the car, in order to get the best out of it.



Learning the track, car and new Michelin tires at the same time is not ideal, but racing is my chosen profession, so I must deal with each challenge in the best way I can. My family and sponsors have given a lot to get me here today and the Drivex racing team are giving me fantastic support…now it’s my turn!”




Glenn van Berlo (Driver):
“Finally we are going to start after a really long break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have never driven no races for such a long time like this year in my career. Of course I’ve prepared on the track in the simulator quite a lot. My first impressions are really positive.


Really looking forward to be driving around the track with so much downforce. I have never driven on the Hungaroring in real life. I am happy that we have an extra test day on Thursday because it is a technical track and besides that I got some extra time to practice driving the Michelin tire on the absolute limit during qualifying. To be honest it is difficult to set prospects before the race weekend while I haven’t raced against the competitors yet.



What I do know, is that I always want to perform on the maximum, everyone from the team worked hard to get everything organised and prepared, so I am ready to start this new challenge with the ultimate goal of course to get as many points as possible. I hope I can get through a pretty steep learning curve during the season. Success is a process. During that journey, stones are sometimes thrown at you, but you turn them into milestones. Vamos!”




Miguel Ángel de Castro (Team Principal): “
The long-awaited moment at last came with the Euroformula F3 Open’s season opener taking place at the Hungaroring. We head to Hungary in high spirits. We feel extremely motivated because our duo of Glenn and Shihab is very young but very competitive at the same time.



They are two rising motorsport talents and we are sure there are fantastic achievements together just around the corner. Shihab will get his first taste of the car at the Hungaroring but I feel confident he will get used to the 320 car soon in order to get the speed right.



Glenn already carried out winter testing with us but at the same time he never raced on the circuit before. This said, we will be able to help them thanks to our experience there. We achieved some good results at the Hungaroring in the past, so it will be a good starting point for Shihab and Glenn”.
 


 




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05.08.2020 / MaP

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