F3 driver Reshad is ready to race for Réunion

Reshad de Gerus is targeting a positive start to his rookie FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign when he takes to the grid for the first time in Spain this weekend.

The opening round of the 2021 season will be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and the 17-year-old Réunion Island racer will contest three separate races at the 4.67km circuit.

Lining up against 29 of the world’s other best junior drivers and racing on the same bill as the stars of Formula One at the Spanish Grand Prix is an exciting prospect for Reshad who will represent the Charouz Racing System team this season.

“I’m very exciting to arrive in Spain and to make my first start of the year as I race for Réunion,” he said. “FIA F3 is a big step for me and there will be a lot to adjust to. But I’m determined to adapt quickly and use everything I learned during our pre-season testing.”

Reshad spent six days acclimatising to his F3 car during official testing in Austria and Spain, and made good progress as he fine-tuned the set-up to maximise its performance in both qualifying and race trim.

He expects he and his engineers will have work to do to perfect the pace of his #31 machine during a single qualifying lap and admits that will be their primary focus when the on-track action gets underway on Friday.

“Our race pace is very good but we know we have some things to work on for qualifying. But I’m not worried about it. I know I am good and I know my team is good,” the FFSA Academy member explained.

“The main point for me is to go into the weekend and know where the team is and where I am. We’ve already put a solid base down during testing and if we can continue to build on that, I know things will be okay.”

The format of this season’s F3 series has been changed for 2021, with less of an emphasis being put on Friday’s intense, 30-minute qualifying session.

Instead, the grid for Race 1 will be decided by reversing the top-12 qualifying times and the grid for Race 2 will be a reverse of the top-12 finishing positions in Race 1. Only the grid for Race 3 will be determined by outright qualifying times.

“If you had a bad qualifying in previous years it would ruin your entire race weekend in F3,” Reshad explained. “For me, this year’s format is much better and will be very interesting. The champion will be the guy that’s the most consistent. We could see some big surprises.”

Weekend schedule
10.05 – 10.50 Practice
13.35 – 14.05 Qualifying
10.35 – 11.20 Race 1 (22 laps)
16.45 – 17.30 Race 2 (22 laps)
12.05 – 12.50 Race 3 (22 laps)
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