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Euroformula Open | Race Preview: Portimão Start With F1 Around

A very eventful week is preceding the first race of Euroformula Open at the Formula 1 Portuguese GP in Portimão as there are many last-minute signings joining the grid.

Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Algarve (POR) |

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It will be Euroformula Open too starting their campaign at a Formula 1 GP as it happened with FRECA two weeks ago in Imola. In addition to that, there will also be many new faces hanging around which were announced just this week.

There is yet another second-generation driver coming in, by the name of Enzo Trulli (ITA), son of the Monaco race winner Jarno Trulli. He will be joined by the homonymous Enzo Scionti (USA) at Drivex, forming the youngest team of the championships as both of them just turned 16 (minimum limit of age to contest a race) in April. Enzo will be one of three Americans racing in EFOpen this year, in good company with Motopark’s just reappointed Cameron Das and his teammate Jak Crawford. The other appointment made this week was the 20 years old German Andreas Estner for Van Amersfoort. In the meantime, a third Double R driver is expected to be announced in the following hours.

Moving back to that age requirement, the fact of being born on May 2nd will sadly force Crawford to miss both Saturday’s races. He will be OK to participate only as he will have actually turned 16 on Sunday. He will be anyway able to take part in Free Practices and Qualifying.

There is then a bit of an aura of mystery at Carlin as the team will officially not take part in the race at Portimão. No driver has been announced yet from their side to contest this year’s campaign and no entry was reported on this weekend’s Euroformula Open’s official list.

The new weekend format of EFOpen | © sebmotors.info 2021

The new weekend format is indeed a hot topic and is going to be explained better here, also thanks to the graphics. Friday will have two Free Practice sessions of 40 minutes each, while Saturday will have a Qualifying session of 15 minutes and two races of 19 laps (or 35 minutes at most).

The starting grid for Race 1 will be normally decided from the results from Qualifying. The starting grid for Race 2 will instead be decided from the results from race 1 and by inverting the Top 6. This means Race 1 winner will start from P6, while Race 1’s sixth place will start on Pole.

Throughout the weekend this is going to look interesting: Race 3’s starting grid will be made of the fastest laps’ classification from Race 1 and 2! This means it will not take under consideration any race classification, but it will rely just on the classification of the single fastest laps set by each driver from either of their first two races. This is not something which was seen in a while at least in the most important categories of racing. It will be interesting to see how this will eventually shake up things during the weekend.

Louis Foster (GBR) - CryptoTower Racing Team (JAP) during testing this year at Montmeló |

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CryptoTower’s Louis Foster (GBR) is really excited about racing at the same weekend of the Portuguese GP: “Being in the Formula 1 paddock and being in the same race weekend is not only fun for the drivers but you also get to experience what an F1 weekend is like,” he added. “I’m sure there will be some attention on our races so I’m hopeful we can put on a strong performance for those people paying attention.”

Finally, this is what the CEO of Euroformula Open’s organisation – whose actual name is GT Sport Organización – the Spaniard Jesús Pareja, had to say: “This will be, of course, a very special event for all [of] us, and we are delighted to be part of the Portuguese F1 Grand Prix programme. The Euroformula Open is asserting its position in the pyramid of single seater formulae. I am convinced that we will have another very exciting season, which will confirm the value of our package and of the Dallara 320, recognized as the best F3-based car of its generation.”

Timings of EFOpen's Portimão Meeting | © sebmotors.info 2021

Starting from Qualifying on Saturday at 10 o'clock, you can watch everything live on these links:

-EFOpen's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EuroFormulaOpen/videos ;

-EFOpen's website: https://www.euroformulaopen.net/en/ .

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