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Red Bull Junior Team: Euro F3 Norisring Race 2 - Sainz unlucky again

Carlos Sainz jr with damaged nose, Saturday, Norisring F3 Red Bull

For the second time in the Norisring weekend, over-aggressive opposition denied Carlos Sainz jr. (ESP Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen) the chance to score points in race 12 of the F3 Euro series and as the German round also counted towards the British F3 and FIA F3 title chases it was a very expensive weekend. Following a good push through the field from 11th to 7th the Red Bull Junior got shoved into the guard rails and ended up in 19th. The wet race was won by Raffaele Marciello (ITA Prema Dallara-Mercedes).

Combined with the gearbox failure in Race 2 on Saturday the 2 collisions cost Sainz dearly, the only minor consolation was that he actually scored British F3 points for his 19th place finish on Sunday as only series regulars score and he was the 8th of them across the line.

Sainz started Sunday's race 11th following a botched qualifying on Friday, row six. Germany's Pascal Wehrlein sat on pole. In contrast to Saturday's races in high-summer sunshine Sunday's was wet and miserable. Race Control called a "WET RACE" and all drivers headed out onto the 2.3 km long street circuit in Nuremberg on rain tyres. Then the 48-lap race was started behind the safety car as a precaution, then went green after six laps.

Wehrlein was then rammed out of his leading position at the first hairpin turn following a missed braking point by Britain's Will Buller. Sainz remained in 11th place in the early stages but then quickly work his way up to 9th.

There were numerous incidents in the tricky conditions and by lap 11 Sainz was 7th. The dominant drivers in this year's championship were up at the front, Marciello was leading the front runner in the Euro Series; Daniel Juncadella (ESP Prema Dallara-Mercedes).

Sainz did not escape the drama that featured so much in the race and on lap 14 was  forced aside at the 2nd hairpin and spun into the guard rails.

He was able to resume the race alap behind with a one-lap deficit, even the safety car coming out did not help him. The race was then stopped after 22 laps due to the wet conditions but it will count towards the championship with half points awarded. Marciello won, behind the safety car, ahead of Juncadella and Felix Serralles (PUR Fortec Dallara-Mercedes)

Serralles was the first of the British F3 drivers across the line so closed in on Jack Harvey (GBR Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen) and Jazeman Jaafar (MAS Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen) who are 1st and 2nd in the title chase as neither finished. Alex Lynn (GBR Fortec Dallara-Mercedes) was 9th overall but the 3rd British F3 driver so pulls further ahead of Sainz who is still 5th in that title chase.

In the Euro F3 series it is Juncadella who heads the table from Marciello and Buller with Sainz now 6th.




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