Formula 2 qualifying was plagued by red flags, but Richard Verschoor handled it brilliantly. Although the Dutch F2 driver couldn’t get past seventh place in the early stages, he found his way in the very last few seconds. With three times in the green sector, Verschoor moved up to second on the grid for Sunday’s feature race and is hoping for another win.
“My first two laps weren’t really good. That was partly due to the practice where we only did a handful of laps and I wasn’t here last year. I didn’t have to think about it and just started playing. I have to say: This track is really cool,” Verschoor says afterwards. The session was hampered by three red flags, including a burning car and a serious accident. It wasn’t ideal, but according to the Dutchman, teams at this type of track should take that into account. “That’s why you have to take more fuel with you.”
Verschoor got the F2 season off to a perfect start with a win last weekend in Bahrain. There he was allowed to start second in the sprint race and ninth in the main race. In Jeddah it is exactly the opposite. How will Verschoor approach this? “On Saturday it is often important to get through the first lap and make up a few positions. From there you can follow the race. I’m hoping for a good start on Sunday, but from second place it’s definitely a better race. “