Reshad encouraged by F3 pre-season testing pace
Reshad de Gerus successfully completed his FIA Formula 3 Championship pre-season testing programme at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain today (22 April).
The 17-year-old rookie, who is proud to be ‘racing for Réunion’ in 2021, put his Charouz Racing System car through its paces at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix on Wednesday and Thursday.
The two-day test concluded Reshad’s preparations for the opening round of the new F3 season which will be held on 7-9 May. He also spent two days acclimatising to his new car at the Spielberg Circuit in Austria earlier this month.
The Frenchman completed 316 laps and recorded 1416 km of valuable running across his four days behind the wheel. He worked on set-up across qualifying and race simulations, tyre management and providing feedback to his engineers.
“My testing programme has been good and I think I’ve made a lot of progress understanding the F3 car which has lots of downforce, speed and power,” he said.
“My race pace was quite okay after the two days we did in Austria, but I think we’ve done another step on that in Barcelona. The race simulations we did were very strong and we can see that in the data. That looks good for the races.
“The area that I need to improve is the qualifying pace. That was more difficult for us. We have a good car but it felt a bit too nervous on the entry into the corners. We didn’t quite manage to fix that but I know we’re not too far away. A little step forward can be really good with this.”
Reshad now has two weeks to analyse the raft of test data that has been gathered by his Charouz Racing System Team, before the first round of the new season gets underway in Barcelona.
“I’m definitely feeling confident with the car and I feel happy that I can do what I want with it,” he explained. “There’s some more quali work to be done because you have to start near the front of the grid if you want to take advantage of the good race pace we have. But we’ll keep working hard to find a solution for that.”
Reshad’s 2021 F3 programme will consist of 21 separate races, across seven events – all of which will run alongside Formula One race weekends.