Beckmann departs Van Amersfoort Racing after just three rounds


David Beckmann has left Van Amersfoort Racing - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Following a disappointing start to the 2017 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season, David Beckmann has left Van Amersfoort Racing, with the young German having failed to score a point in the opening three rounds.

Beckmann had joined Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of this season after racing in 2016 with Mücke Motorsport, but after two retirements in the opening nine races, and a best finish of eleventh, the two parties have decided to go their separate ways.

It has not been the best start to the season for any of the Van Amersfoort Racing drivers, with the team the only ones yet to step on the podium, with Harrison Newey the best placed in the championship in eighth. The Briton has shown good race pace but has often been forced to fight through from lowly grid slots, with two fourth places in Pau his best results.

Pedro Piquet currently is fourteenth in the championship standings, but has not shown the kind of speed people were hopeful of during his sophomore season, with the young Brazilian having a best finish of seventh so far in 2017.

Joey Mawson has shown signs of good speed but has had little luck, with the Australian currently fifteenth in the point’s standings. Such was his luck, whilst on course for a podium in Pau, Mawson lost control on a damp patch and hit the barriers.

It is not yet clear whether Van Amersfoort Racing will replace Beckmann, so the field could be down to eighteen cars for the next round at the Hungaroring.