Carlos Sainz jr. suffered a disastrous Norisring debut that ended with a crash within the 1st kilometre. “I started 7th and was battling for position with the guy in front, he went wide and when he came back on line pushed me onto the dirty part of the track so I slid into the wall. It looks like everything has gone upside-down for us at the moment but I am sure it will turn around.”
It was race 10 of the F3 Euro Series and Race 1 for the Norisring weekend that also counts towards the British F3 series and the FIA European F3 Series.
Red Bull Junior Sainz completed his first laps in Nuremberg on Friday's free practice but qualifying was delayed until Saturday morning because the track began to break up. It was an early start on Saturday for the F3 field and while Germany's Pascal Wehrlein put his Dallara on pole Sainz qualified 7th for race 1.
It was Spaniard Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), who took the chequered flag as the winner but he was excluded from the results after the race. The following drivers don't move up, according to the regulations, so Will Buller (Carlin) and rookie driver Emil Bernstoff (ma-con Motorsport) remain 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Daniel Juncadella attempted to attack race leader Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) on lap 34, but collided with the rookie and turned him around. Moreover, he collided with his team-mate Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) a few metres later and he retired as a result of the accident. Because of these to incidents, the stewards excluded Daniel Juncadella from Race 1.
The 1st lap crash puts Sainz on the last row of the grid for Saturday evening's sprint race.