Reshad maintains his F3 race momentum in Hungary

Rookie driver Reshad de Gerus maintained his record of finishing every FIA Formula 3 Championship race he’s contested in 2021 after successfully completing this weekend’s hat-trick of races in Hungary.

As a category debutant, the 18-year-old Réunion Island driver’s target has been to maximise his seat time and learn as much as possible this season. He’s now finished 12 races out of 12.

At the Hungaroring, he moved forward in all three races – recording a best result of P18 in Saturday’s second race.

“It’s a really good point for me to have finished all the races as a rookie,” Reshad explained. “There is so much to learn when you graduate into F3; how to manage the the race strategy, the tyres and other things.

“The only way you can do that is by getting laps and I’m happy with the progress I’ve been able to make because of that.”

An honest mistake – going too wide at Turn 11 – on his single qualifying ‘push lap’ frustrated the Charouz Racing System driver on Friday.

That meant Reshad started Saturday morning’s first race from P27, but he fought his way forward to finish P24 at the chequered flag.

That result placed him P24 on the grid for Race 2 the same afternoon and Reshad confidently made up six places during that encounter as he completed the 22-lap distance in P18.

The final race of the weekend on Sunday morning proved to be a tricky encounter as heavy rain greeted Reshad and the rest of the field.

However, as a driver that revels in damp conditions, Reshad put in another confident performance. His reward was P20 at the finish – seven places higher than his starting berth.

“Today was my first experience of a full wet race and I think I managed it quite well,” the FFSA Academy member said. “I was a bit slower than I wanted at the beginning but I really put the tyre in as the race continued and I was faster than my team-mates at the end.”

Reshad now has a three-week break before he starts his final preparations for round 5 of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (27-29 August).

He plans to return to his home in Réunion Island for the first time since December to see family and friends.

But while he’ll be taking the opportunity to relax on the Indian Ocean island, he’ll also stay in regular contact with his team in a bid to improve his qualifying form during the final three rounds of the season.

“We have to find a solution for qualifying for sure because we know we have the pace in the races,” he said. “I’m still learning for that and the work will continue with the team. If I can start a bit higher up, the points will come like my team-mates. I’m certain of that.”

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