Bent Viscaal will make his debut in Formula 2 in Bahrain on Saturday, the most important step-up class towards Formula 1. The Dutchman hopes to enforce a contract for the entire season with his team Trident.
Although he was used to something as a Formula 3 driver, Viscaal had a lot of muscle pain when he got out of his Formula 2 car earlier this month after three days of testing. “Before that I had not been in a car for over two months”, the 21-year-old driver tells NU.nl.
“And physically this car is a bit heavier to drive than a Formula 3 car. I notice that it is much faster and also in terms of braking it is all slightly different than I was used to. On the other hand, the racing remains the same, so it doesn’t take very long to get used to. ”
That became clear on the second test day, when Viscaal immediately clocked the second time. “It is only a test, but it was nice to see that I was in a good position right away. The car looked very competitive, which was very promising.”
Viscaal needed some time to get used to his Formula 2 car.
Viscaal made an impression in Formula 3 last year
Viscaal has been active in Formula 3 since 2019 and made an impression in particular last year. He completed an impressive catch-up race in Hungary in the rain and won the race at the British Silverstone.
His performance earned Viscaal a one-race contract with Trident. “But I intend to drive all season and I certainly think that is possible”, Viscaal continues.
“My performance must be so good that the team can no longer ignore me. I don’t have a plan B for another race class, so it will be all or nothing.”
Viscaal: “I don’t know if it is realistic, but you always have to have goals and Formula 1 is still my goal.”
‘Of course I dream of Formula 1’
The Formula 2 and Formula 3 races are held in the support program of Formula 1. Most drivers in the premier class come from Formula 2.
“Do I ever dream of Formula 1? Of course I do, it would be crazy if I didn’t. I don’t know if it’s realistic, but you always have to have goals and Formula 1 is still my goal. “says Viscaal.
“In any case, I am close to the fire. The most important thing in the short term is that I can perform well in Bahrain and can drive a full season in Formula 2.”
Viscaal qualified sixteenth on Friday for the sprint race, which is scheduled for Saturday at 11.30 am. His countryman Richard Verschoor finished sixth in qualifying. The second sprint race will be held later on Saturday at 4.40 pm and the feature race is scheduled for Sunday at 12.50 pm.
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