13th July 2021
Louis Foster says he has already learned lessons from a tricky first trip to the Hungaroring, in which he only lost one point to his rival in fighting for the Euroformula Open Championship.
Foster faces a permanent uphill battle compared to many of his fellow drivers in the series as he's only raced at two of the eight tracks on the calendar before, as he embarks on his first full-season of racing on the continent. CryptoTower Racing Team driver Foster qualified third for the first race of the weekend just outside Budapest, “missing the pace” compared to normal, with second being Foster’s believed best position if everything had gone perfect. His weekend took a nosedive on the first lap when he was left with nowhere to go and was hit into a spin by a rival on the outside of a three-wide battle for the lead on the first lap.
A rising drive back through yielded seventh and more points added to the championship charge.
“Bouncing back was good, It’s tricky to overtake here,” said Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in vehicle remarketing and recycling. “But I was able to find a way past some slower cars. It was good to get points which is the main thing when my main competitors didn’t score any, both having their own issues.”
Race two was another comeback affair, making some strong moves to take fourth from a seventh place start. The third race of the weekend came in the wet - which Foster always enjoys - and he made up two spots from his starting position to take sixth after a dogfight for the position.
“The fight in race three was really good and we should have probably got a bit further up the grid in the wet race, we had the pace,” added Foster. “But I had to hand back some positions after an incident under the safety car. “That was frustrating and hindered our progress during the race. Without it, I think we could have challenged for a podium.”
Foster’s long-time rival and team-mate Cameron Das won the final race to leave the weekend 19 points ahead of Foster, although Foster showed how quickly he can eat into a championship lead with his recent hat-trick of wins at Spa.
Foster added: “We haven’t lost any major ground in the championship but that’s not where I feel positive, winning is when I feel positive. “Maintaining is not what we set out or aim to achieve. Having a bad weekend, it’s lucky that so did Cam [Das]. “We could have been looking at an even more steep uphill battle. It keeps us all together and in with the fight.”
The championship now has one weekend off before heading to Imola in Italy for the second half of the season. In some ways this compact spate of upcoming races could be interpreted two ways; positive for momentum, but negative in terms of time to really analyse the previous race. Foster knows which side of the fence he falls, though.
“All the lessons from the Hungary weekend have already been learned, it’s not like I need to be staring at a wall thinking about things,” he said. “Just get on with it at the next one, which is at an epic track in Imola where I’m looking forward to getting underway.”