Hugo de Sadeleer: “I had a great time this weekend!”

Hugo de Sadeleer - Credit: Eric Vargiolu / DPPI

Hugo de Sadeleer had a breakthrough weekend in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, taking his maiden victory in race one on Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps before claiming a podium finish in Sunday’s second race.

Before the weekend in Belgium, the Swiss racer’s best finish had been fourth in Monza, but the Tech 1 Racing driver made a great start to run second before inheriting the lead when Max Defourny took a penalty for a jump start.

“This is fantastic,” said de Sadeleer on “I’m very happy to have won. I didn’t have my best qualifying session this morning, but I got a great start.

“I then made the most of my low-downforce set-up to pass some cars and I knew Max had jumped the start. I didn’t try to catch him, because the tyres degraded quickly in the opening laps.”

De Sadeleer also led until the closing stages in race two, but was unable to keep either Dorian Boccolacci or Lando Norris behind, but thanked the Tech 1 Racing team for giving all four drivers a great car all weekend long.

“The team did a fantastic job when you look at the performance of the four cars over the weekend,” said de Sadeleer. “I think I could have gotten the pole position this morning if I could have benefited from the draft, but it is better to start a little bit further back at Spa to make the most of this phenomenon!

“I got another good start, but Dorian was quicker. It would have hard to hold on to the lead even if I was more aggressive, but I had a great time this weekend!”