Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz jun. (ESP, Team Carlin) had no opportunity to overtake in the race following P8 in qualifying, he finished 6th nevertheless. The winner was Raffaele Marciello of Italy.
The Circuit de Pau, the legendary track in south-west France, was the venue for the 7th Race of the British F3 Championship, the same race being round 3 of the FIA European F3 Championship.
Red Bull Junior Sainz, leader of the British F3 championship, immediately found his way around the narrow and demanding drivers’ circuit and was the fastest driver in Friday's 2nd free practice session, as a rookie.
Sainz was enthusiastic off the bat: “I quickly found my rhythm and had a lot of fun here on the street course . It really is adventurous to race past the houses. The scorching and stagnant heat in the city could become a problem...!”
In qualifying Sainz was fastest in his group, yet “only” has P2 in Sunday's Race 2 race because Raffaele Marciello of Italy went a fraction quicker in the other group and hence sits on Sunday's pole.
The 2nd fastest laps in qualifying count for Saturday's Race 1grid. Marciello was fastest in this classification as well, while Sainz. had to make do with 8th. “Today’s going to be tough, but tomorrow I’ll have a real chance at victory”, Carlos said pragmatically.”
While the Formula 1 drivers finished their first qualifying session in Barcelona, the future stars of Formula 1 started Race 1 of the F3 Grand Prix in Pau.
Pole-sitter Raffaele Marciello (ITA) moved into the lead from the start, followed by Juncadella and Wehrlein. Sainz remained 8th.
As is often the case around the narrow streets of Pau positions remained completely unchanged. There were no overtaking manoeuvres worth mentioning, until the 7th lap.
Juncadella and Wehrlein were in disagreement at the hairpin in their duel over 2nd place – the ensuing collision resulted in a safety car period. That promoted Sainz to 6th behind Harvey and ahead of Tincknell.
Only 15 minutes were left to run following the restart, the order did not change any further. Again overtaking was not really possible this time either circuit. In the end Marciello won ahead of Jafaar and Lynn, Sainz in his first Pau Grand Prix stayed 6th.
Sainz: “In the first part of the race I had a good pace. The 2nd part there was no grip at all, I did lose my rears completely and I was slow! After a couple of moments I backed off to be a little bit safer...!”
Sainz starts from 2nd spot on the grid on the front row on Sunday and hopes to regain the British F3 points lead that he had coming into the weekend. After race 1 he trails Jaafar by 2 points.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
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A request for support!
Faces for charity
The race cars of Red Bull Racing will contest the British Grand Prix weekend from July 6th to 8th, 2012 with very special paintwork for a charitable cause.
A collage with thousands of fan pictures will adorn the race cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, supporting the Wings for Life foundation for spinal cord research. The world champion team is inviting fans to also be there at Silverstone as co-drivers with a personal photo.
Go to: www.facesforcharity.com