Richard Verschoor actually had a more than successful opening weekend of the Formula 2 season. The 21-year-old talent from Benschop was not even expected in the highest entry class for a long time, but was able to win his first showdown with Trident. He exceeded all expectations, although a day later his face was submerged in a thunderstorm. “Well, I’m just depressed right now. To be honest, I’m still a little fiery.”
The reason for this is called Roy Nissany. The DAMS rider was just outside the points in a bitter battle and didn’t pay much attention to the rules. Nissany was more off track than on track and did everything he could to make life difficult for his opponents, much to Verschoor’s chagrin. “It’s just about nothing anymore. A guy like that doesn’t deserve a racing license at all,” says the Dutchman in the Trident box. Motorsport.com to know.
“I really don’t get it. I can understand wanting to ride hard with someone to destroy their tyres, but that’s beyond all limits. He’s breaking all the rules, that shouldn’t be allowed and certainly not at this level. That he screwed up my race is one thing, but these actions are just dangerous.” Not much later, Verschoor was tapped by Enzo Fittipaldi and his race turned out to be over.
However, the anger is less focused on the young Brazilian and more on Nissany. “I don’t know what he was up to, but driving with him like that has nothing to do with anything.” Saturday’s winner also wants to talk to the race director. “I would very much like to speak to you, yes. It is impossible that nothing will be done despite this behavior.” Even more so because it emits a bad signal. If no boundary is drawn, this can be considered a pass for the next races. “I just want them to look at it. I understand that they are not disqualifying him now, but I would like them to point out that this is not possible for the next race.”
Apart from the incident, Verschoor had a lower race on Sunday than on Saturday. “Today the balance wasn’t right, especially on the hard tyres. We went a little too far with the adjustment compared to yesterday. We had to adjust something because it was much colder yesterday, but we went too far.” It doesn’t detract from the good weekend that Verschoor had, although the head isn’t focused on positive tones at the moment. “We could have scored a few more points today and we really needed them.