Van Amersfoort Racing’s (VAR) Team Manager Peter van Erp believes his team did the “maximum possible” in Saturday’s F2 Sprint Race at Round 10 of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 season in Hungary.
Speaking to InsideF2’s Michael McClure, the Dutchman said: “Yesterday we had a good race, unfortunately we had to start at the back of the grid, but I think we did the maximum possible.”
The VAR team started the Sprint Race at the Hungaroring 17th and 22nd with drivers David Beckmann and Amaury Cordeel, who each recovered to 12th and 13th respectively.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s Feature Race, van Erp said his drivers will need to be “patient and look after the tyres.”
In their first year at the F2 level, VAR have equipped themselves well, with Briton Jake Hughes starting a number of Sprint Races close to the front, even finishing on the podium in Jeddah, before excessive skid-plank wear caused the 28-year-old to be disqualified.
Asked how he would rate VAR’s season so far, van Erp said: “It was quite challenging, quite a journey. It’s been difficult to bring the car into the operational window, so we still need to learn a lot and we learn at each and every event.”
The Dutch team are bottom of the Teams’ championship with 26-points, with Hughes achieving a best finish of fourth in the Feature Race in Jeddah.