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Liam Lawson penalised for Red Bull team-mate clash in EF Open

by Ida Wood

Photo: Euroformula Open

Liam Lawson has lost his second place finish in the second Euroformula Open race at Paul Ricard for the clash he had with Motopark team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.

The two Red Bull juniors made contact on the run down to Turn 1 after Lawson made a poor start from pole, and despite bouncing off each other in spectacular style were able to continue without significant damage.

Lawson fought back to second behind surprise winner Marino Sato, while Tsunoda struggled with his car and finished in sixth. After several hours of investigation, Lawson was handed a three-second penalty.

This dropped him to fourth behind Teo Martin Motorsport’s Guilherme Samaia and Lukas Dunner, who he had moved past by cutting the first chicane on the opening lap.

It was Samaia’s best result in EF Open, as well as the Teo Martin team’s first double podium since it merged with the deVillota Motorsport squad in 2016, which itself hadn’t achieved the feat since the 2012 season opener.

?We finally got qualifying sorted today,??said Lawson.??Then I just didn?t get a good start. Simple as that.

“I was trying to preload [the clutch], but it wasn?t preloading. When the lights went out, nothing happened, and I had to release the clutch too quickly. I then got wheelspin and it was just a bit of a disaster.

?I was third on the first lap. I got to second, and the balance of the car was a lot more aggressive than yesterday. I didn?t expect it, so I made a mistake and lost second. Had to get that back again.

“I had really strong pace, the car was mega, but towards the end the tyres faded out. I was just really aggressive with them right from the start.?

Worn tyres were also a problem for Lawson on the way to victory in the first race, and although that was limited to just the fronts in the first race, he had graining at both ends of the car in the second race.

According to team-mate Sato, the poor starts of the Motopark drivers across the weekend could be attributed to the Balance of Performance formula applied to the engines catching the drivers out. Prior to the pre-event test day, none of the drivers had actually driven the Dallara F317 car in EF Open spec.


Race results (15 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Marino Sato Motopark 29m10.336s
2 Guilherme Samaia Teo Martin Motorosport +4.415s
3 Lukas Dunner Teo Martin Motorsport +5.850s
4 Liam Lawson Motopark +6.530s
5 Linus Lundqvist Double R Racing +10.500s
6 Yuki Tsunoda Motopark +15.429s
7 Christian Hahn Carlin +20.431s
8 Teppei Natori Carlin +21.321s
9 Jack Doohan Double R Racing +21.944s
10 Julian Hanses Motopark +22.116s
11 Aldo Festante Teo Martin Motorsport +25.021s
12 Billy Monger Carlin +32.587s
13 Nicolai Kjaergaard Carlin +35.894s
14 Artem Petrov RP Motorsport +46.004s
15 Cameron Das Fortec Motorsports +49.697s
16 Calan Williams Fortec Motorsports +52.906s
17 Dimitrios Tsimpris D.Tsimpris Motorsport +1m28.248s
18 Petru Florescu Drivex School +1m54.304s
19 Rui Andrade Drivex School +1 lap
Ret Pierre-Louis Chovet RP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Lundqvist, 1m55.443s

Championship Standings
?Lawson 38? ?2 Sato 35? ?3 Dunner 31? ?4 Tsunoda 24? ?5 Samaia 23? ?6?Lundqvist 23? ?7 Natori 12? ?8 Hanses 7? ?9 Hahn 6? ?10?Doohan 4