Mindset matters as Reshad heads to Hungary

Reshad de Gerus’s FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign will reach its mid-way point this weekend as the series visits Budapest to support F1’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Round four of seven gives the talented Réunion Island racer a chance to return to a track where he has limited experience – but happy memories of finishing on the podium.

“I’ve only raced at the Hungaroring once when I did French F4 in 2019,” the 18-year-old explained. “But they were good races for me. I finished on the podium twice and in the second race I fought through the reverse grid.”

The Hungaroring has hosted the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986 and the 4.38km track is noted for its lack of overtaking opportunities. That means Reshad will need to work hard to maximise his results across three races this weekend.

The FFSA Academy member said: “The circuit is technical and has some very fast corners where you need to have good confidence in the car to really go for it. There are also some slow corners so it will be interesting to find a good set up for all the requirements.”

Despite being an F3 rookie in 2021, Reshad has made strong progress in arguably the world’s most competitive single-seater championship.

He’s finished all nine of the races he’s entered in his Charouz Racing System car and is confidently edging closer to his target of finishing inside the point-scoring positions.

Reshad’s progress this season can largely be attributed to the important work he’s done with his cerebral performance coach, Aurélie Lamy.

“I’ve been working with Aurélie since the beginning of the year and the difference in my mindset and performances has been massive,” Reshad explained. “If things aren’t going well during a race meeting, those feelings of negativity can dominate your weekend and spiral out of control.

“The work I do with Aurélie allows me to be ready and perform from the moment I arrive at the circuit. That’s very important. We visualise the entire weekend and identify what’s needed to be successful on the mental side.

“We look at the mindset before, during and after the weekend and constantly make small improvements to make sure we continue to go forward.

“When you live that process you experience an amazing feeling and I think that is showing in my performances.”


Reshad’s F3 schedule:

Friday, 30th July

10.05-10.50 Practice
13.50-14.20 Qualifying

Saturday, 31st July

10.35-11.20 Race 1 (22 laps)
17.55-18.40 Race 2 (22 laps)

Sunday, 1 August

10.45-11.30 Race 3 (22 laps)

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