2017 Season Review: Van Amersfoort Racing takes rookie to the podium

The Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing started with the duo Pedro Piquet and Harrison Newey into the second joint season on the grid of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The two experienced F3 drivers were joined by Australian rookie Joey Mawson. The 2016 ADAC Formula 4 Champion delivered in fine style in his debut season and secured his first podium. Furthermore, David Beckmann, Max Defourny and Felipe Drugovic raced for the squad at some race meetings.

In the pre-season tests Harrison Newey already proved to be in good shape but in the season opener at Silverstone he was outperformed by his team mate Joey Mawson. In his very first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race the rookie finished fifth, with Newey having to settle for finishing right behind him in sixth position. While Piquet came ninth, thus also making it into the points.

On the following race weekends, Briton Harrison Newey, son of Formula One designer Adrian Newey, upped the ante and shone in particular at the extremely demanding street circuit of Pau, France by securing two fourth places. A result he repeated at the team’s home event at Zandvoort. At the end of the season the 19-year old had 16 top ten results on his tally and finished 11th in the championship, just two points behind Nikita Mazepin (Hitech GP) in 10th position.

Joey Mawson came 13th in the championship, two positions behind his team mate. The Australian managed to secure a podium in the first race of the Nürburgring meeting when he finished third behind the Britons Lando Norris (Carlin) and Jake Hughes (Hitech GP). He was rewarded with a trophy as well as a lot of applause. Meanwhile, he also secured a win in the rookie rankings: in the second race of the meeting at Hungaroring the 21-year old beat all other rookies.

The third Van Amersfoort Racing driver, Pedro Piquet, gave the team its best race result. In the first race at Nuremberg’s Norisring the Brazilian took the chequered flag in second position. And in the season finale at Hockenheim, the son of three-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet once again delivered in fine style by making it to the top seven in all three races. In the end, he finished 14th in the championship.

Meanwhile, David Beckmann and Felipe Drugovic – the latter made his debut in the season finale as newly crowned ADAC Formula 4 Champion – failed to score but Belgium’s Max Defourny clinched two points in his first appearance in FIA F3 at the Nürburgring. With his performance in the Eifel, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup regular even made it to sixth position in the rookie rankings.

Together, the Van Amersfoort Racing drivers took their squad to fifth position in the teams’ ranking.