The Red Bull Juniors had a mixed weekend on the Nürburgring. Yet Mika Mäki still managed to stay within reach of the championship leader, and Daniel Ricciardo celebrated his first points in his Formula 3 debut.
With the 11th and 12th races, the second half of the Formula 3 Euro Series was opened at the Nürburgring. Along with championship favorites Mika Mäki, Robert Wickens and Jean-Karl Vernay, Daniel Ricciardo supported the Red Bull Junior Team for the first time. On the 3.6 kilometer Sprint Circuit, sensational overtaking maneuvers were given a summer break; thus the order of drivers crossing the finish line only minimally departed from the sequence around the first bend. Mika Mäki has decreased his deficit and is now four points behind the leader Edoardo Mortara with a fourth place in Saturday’s race; In his first Formula 3 appearance, Daniel Ricciardo came a noteworthy sixth ‘That was amazing fun!’ he commented, leaving no room for misinterpretation.
The second Formula 3 race on Sunday was less characterized by the Red Bull Rookies. Daniel Ricciardo, hero from the day before, didn’t get away from the grid at the beginning of the race. Starting behind him, Mika Mäki was unable to dodge him in sufficient time. As early as 300 meters into the race, Mika consequently transformed his Dallara into a distinctly less functional three-wheeler. And, after the start collision, although Ricciardo was able to continue the race, a top result was no longer possible. At the end, the four Red Bull rookies remained without points. Although Mika Mäki fell back one rank to third place on the overall table, his backlog of points still keeps him in the running due to Mortara’s double-headed flop.
The next Formula 3 Euro Series races will be held on August 30 and 31 in Brands Hatch – again as part of the DTM supporting program.