Home race excitement builds for Reshad
Reshad de Gerus is relishing the prospect of racing at his home Grand Prix for the first time this weekend as the FIA Formula 3 Championship resumes at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
After a positive first round performance at Barcelona in May, the 17-year-old Réunion Island driver is aiming to impress again as the F3 field heads to Le Castellet – the home of F1’s French Grand Prix.
As COVID restrictions continue to ease across Europe, 15,000 spectators will be allowed into Circuit Paul Ricard – situated 50km east of Marseille – for each of the three days that make up the Grand Prix weekend.
“It’s going to be fantastic to race in front of the French motorsport fans and to finally have some spectators at the races. There should be close to 50,000 at the track from Friday to Sunday and that’s an exciting prospect,” Reshad explained.
“Barcelona was a strange event for me because I’d just arrived in a new series that usually has thousands of spectators at the races. And yet there was nobody there! Fans give motorsport that special excitement and passion. It will be good to experience some of that this weekend in France.”
After confidently moving up the order in all three races on his F3 debut in Barcelona, Reshad is keen to continue his progression on home soil. A successful test at Jerez allowed him and his Charouz Racing System team to further develop their qualifying pace – something he knows is crucial to a successful weekend.
He said: “I think we did a good job in Barcelona and in Jerez we continued in a good way. I think we found a solution for the qualifying. I’m happy with the job so far. I’m feeling good and I’m fast, especially with the race pace.
“Personally, my target for Paul Ricard is to be within the top 15 after qualifying because that positions you for a better weekend.
“For me, we started the season well. I don’t think we could have expected any more for the first race weekend in a new championship. If we continue in this way, we can definitely fight for more.”
Reshad’s prospects in France are boosted by the fact he knows Circuit Paul Ricard well, thanks to his two successful years in the French F4 Championship and another outing at the track in the Formula Renault Eurocup during 2020.
“I’ve done a lot of mileage there and it’s a track I know well,” he explained. “I like it as a technical circuit and I’m happy to have a home race there this year – especially in this category.
“I can’t wait to drive an F3 car there. The engineers are confident with the set-up we have for free practice so I’m excited to get the weekend started and see what we can achieve.”
Reshad’s Paul Ricard schedule:
Friday, 18 June
10.05-10.50 – Free practice
13.50-14.20 – Qualifying
Saturday, 19 June
10.10-10.55 – Race 1 (20 laps)
16.40-17.25 – Race 2 (20 laps)
Sunday, 20 June
11.40-12.25 – Race 3 (20 laps)