Reshad: “We can go forward again in Austria”

Réunion Island racer Reshad de Gerus is aiming to bounce back positively when the third round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship is held in Austria this weekend.

The rookie enjoyed a successful pre-season testing programme and was buoyed after making good progress during the opening round of the season in Barcelona.

But round two at Circuit Paul Ricard earlier this month proved to be more of a challenge as Reshad recorded a best result of P19 in his opening race.

“In Paul Ricard we definitely missed something and the team also confirmed that which is good for the atmosphere between everyone,” the FFSA Academy member explained.

“It was a shame because since the first test we’ve built a good car and everything was going in the right direction. But Paul Ricard was tricky and we couldn’t find a solution quickly.”

“The key is staying positive after that disappointment and I think we can fix things and go forward again in Austria.”

Reshad, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday, will be calling on the positive pre-season testing experience he had at Spielberg – the home of the F1’s Austrian Grand Prix – when he takes to the 4.31km track this weekend.

“The confidence is good for this weekend because our test there was very good. We missed a bit of qualifying pace, but the race pace was very strong,” the Charouz Racing System driver said.

“Every time I get in the car I am continuing to build myself up and my mindset is improving with each session. I feel more confident with everything during the race weekend and I definitely feel good for Austria!”

Reshad’s rigorous training programme has kept him busy since his last F3 outing in France, but he also had plenty on his mind as he completed his final exams before graduating from his school in Le Mans.

“As soon as I got home on the Sunday night after Paul Ricard I had a day of revision before I sat my last exam on Tuesday morning,” he explained.

“It’s been a pretty tough period with my racing and exams all happening at the same time, but I have a short holiday in the South of France to look forward to after I get back from Austria.

“Hopefully I can take the memory of a strong performance at Spielberg with me!”

Reshad’s Austria schedule

09.30 – 10.15 Free Practice
13.50 – 14.20 Qualifying

10.35 – 11.20 Race 1 (24 laps)
17.45 – 18.30 Race 2 (24 laps)

11.05 – 11.50 Race 3 (24 laps)

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