As DTM – aka the German Touring Car Championship – hops over the English Channel to Kent’s Brands Hatch circuit, so too does F3 Euroseries for Rounds 13 and 14 of the Championship on September 5 and 6, where Mika Mäki and Brendon Hartley will be hoping for some good fortune.
So far this year, Frenchman Jules Bianchi of the ART team has been the series’ dominant force, with six wins from 12 races and two other podiums.
Slightly further down the field, however, Red Bull Junior driver Mika Mäki will be hoping for a repeat of his showing at the Nürburgring, where he finished fifth and third in the last two rounds for the Signature team.
“Both races went the same way. When I realised I couldn’t reach any higher, I concentrated on keeping my fellow competitors behind,” said the 21-year-old Finn. “Of course, I’m satisfied with the podium.”
Fellow Red Bull Junior Brendon Hartley, meanwhile, is upbeat about his chances at Brands Hatch, despite his Carlin Motorsport Dallara-VW struggling for pace again at the Nürburgring. The New Zealander finished a lowly 23rd in round 11 – not helped by a drive-through penalty. Round 12 was more encouraging, however, and though 17th position was as good as it got, the set-up – a problem all year for F3 Euroseries newcomers Carlin – worked much better.
“There’s something about the set-up for these tyres that the established Euro teams understand better than the new teams. I’m working hard with our engineers to get on top of the situation,” said the 19-year-old ahead of the Brands Hatch rounds. “Going into the second half of the season, we are making some progress and finding some better pace.”