Hungaroring Circuit – Juan Manuel Correa finished fourteenth in both races at the Hungaroring circuit on Saturday, July 31, after having issues with the tyres.
The first of the two races took place today, Saturday, just a bit after ten in the morning and just before the first Formula One Free Session. Juan Manuel started from thirteenth position after Arthur Leclerc being penalized to lose three places at the start. During the race, 22 laps, Juan Manuel was between places 13 and 14, with no chance to fight for the 12th position which would have given him the pole position for the second race. Juan Manuel was fighting for that position with Enzo Fittipaldi and up to mid race he was following a strategy to be able to attack in the final laps. Nevertheless, when the key moment arrived, he started having issues with the tyres and the car lost grip, with the wheels getting more and more damaged, which prevented him to finish in the top twelve. He crossed the finish line in fourteenth place.
In the second race, he started from 14th while Enzo Fittipaldi, who had fought with Juan Manuel in the first race, started from pole position and that allowed him to lead the race at the beginning, until he ended second after Matteo Nannini, who won the race.
Juan Manuel lost two places at the start, but he quickly recovered and took the 14 place again. In the sixth lap, Hoggard overtook Juan Manuel, but in the next lap he had already overtaken again Jenzer’s English driver.
The changes in the car’s settings were in the right direction and Juan Manuel was setting times at the pace of the leaders, but when taken off one of the visor’s protections, he hit the speed limiter used in the pit lane (60km/h) and he lost three seconds before it got back to normal, losing contact with the group in front of him.
“It was an exhausting day, very hot and with high humidity, but from the physical point of view I felt well and was already more familiarised with the brake pump that I was using for the first time. In the first race I could have fought to be in the top ten, but the tyres suffered a sudden wearing that prevented me from doing so. In the first F3 race it’s important to be in the top 12 to be able to start the second race from the front, and we lost that chance” commented Juan Manuel after the morning race.
“For the second race we made a few changes to the car and the behaviour improved quite a bit, as we set times that were up to the leaders’ pace. I think I had the chance to go up to a points position, but I made a mistake going out of the first corner. When taking off a visor protection, I activated the speed limiter and, even if I reacted quickly, I had already lost contact with the group in front of me and the possibility to use the DRS. Although I was able to keep the distance with the ones behind me, I couldn’t catch the drivers in front. It’s difficult to overtake on this track and when they go away, if there isn’t an incident, it’s difficult to overtake. Tomorrow will start again from 14 to the third race and we’ll see if we can get some points before going on holidays”
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
10h45: Formula 3 – Race 3 40 Min