Red Bull Junior Team: Euro F3 Nürburgring Race 2 - Sainz 15th after penalty
A grid infringement by the team at the Nürburgring resulted in Carlos Sainz Jr. being given a drive through penalty immediately after the start of Race 2 and the 17 year old Spaniard could do no better than 15th in F3 Euro Series. It was a terrible frustration for the Red Bull Junior as he lined up in the Carlin VW in 2nd place on the reverse grid alongside Alexander Sims (GBR - Threebond with T-Sport – Nissan). Sims, having a guest drive in the series, raced away to an uncontested victory while Sainz only had time to make up 2 places after rejoining last in the 15 lap sprint.
Just as in Race 1 there were few overtaking possibilities but that had nothing to do with Sims' victory, he was the fastest man on the track and was 5 seconds clear at the flag even though he did lock up and run at the chicane just metres before the end of the race. The poor overtaking situation did hold up Race 1 winner Daniel Juncadella (ESP - Prema Powerteam - Dallara Mercedes) as he was stuck behind Jazeman Jaafar (MAS – Carlin – VW) after the early lap sort out left them contesting 7th. Juncadella could find no way through and finished 8th.
So it was not a good points haul for championship leader Juncadella with his nearest challenger Raffaele Marciello (ITA - Prema Powerteam – Mercedes) finishing 2nd ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (SWE - Mücke Motorsport – Mercedes). However Juncadella's points from Race 1 maintain a healthy advantage at the top of the table.
The cause of the penalty for Sainz was the mechanics working too long on the car after the 3 minute board was shown because it was refusing to start. The only slight consolation for Sainz was that his pace was at equal to everyone but Sims and he can look forward to Race 3 on Sunday, the feature race over 29 laps to show what he can do. He starts 7th again though and will have to find something very special if he is to cut his way through in Race 15 of the F3 Euro season as there has been little overtaking in either race so far this weekend.
Timetable – F3 Euro Series, Nürburgring CET:
Sunday, 19 August
11.15 a.m. – Race 15 (live on n-tv)