Bent Viscaal’s trip to the Home of British Motorsport was met with some challenges as the 19-year-old Dutch driver had a testing round in the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Silverstone.
The weekend got off to the frustrating start for the Dutch talent, with the HWA RACELAB outfit having an issue with the car during practice which meant Bent was left on the back foot heading into the qualifying session on Friday afternoon.
When the time came for qualifying, Bent tried his utmost but with no meaningful running from free practice he could only finish the session as the 25th fastest. Nonetheless, he remained positive as he headed into Saturday’s race.
The first race of the weekend began with better fortune for Bent. In the opening laps, he set about overtaking a staggering seven cars to be running in 18th place on the fifth lap of proceedings. The great work then continued, and Bent was soon closing in on the top-ten as he ran in 16th place on lap 11.
However, the safety car was deployed shortly after and the race was neutralised - halting any further progress. With the race under safety car conditions for five laps, when the race got underway again Bent was battling hard on the limit of the car and ran wide, resulting in him picking up dirt on his tyres. This severely affected the pace he had shown before and from there on it was a case of damage limitation for the Dutch driver, and he managed to cross the line in 22nd position.
Unfortunately, the second race of the weekend fared much the same. Bent fought valiantly to make up ground from his starting position and broke into the top-twenty. Unfortunately, as Bent pushed hard to progress further up the field, he ran wide onto the grass and fell back to 26th.
Eager to fightback positions, Bent went on a charge, once again showing very strong pace. He was able to pull off a series of late overtakes to make up ground to finish in 20th place by the time the chequered flag dropped.
“Overall, it was a disappointing weekend for me at Silverstone. We had issues at the start of the weekend which affected our preparation and we were left playing catch up heading into qualifying.
“The positive thing is that there was definitely potential for a better result - you could see that with the progress we made with the car, in my driving and understanding of this car. However, it was not meant to be and we will be working extremely hard to bounce back at the Hungaroring."
The next round of F3 competition will take place in Hungary at the Hungaroring in three week’s time on the weekend of the 2nd-4th August.