Carlos Sainz jr. lost the lead in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series as off track excursions cost him dear at Rockingham. Sainz arrived in Britain as the leader of the but penalties both in qualifying and Race 1 resulted in a 9th place finish and the loss of the points lead to race winner and Carlin team mate Jazeman Jaafar
Jaafar followed up his Pau top score with an undisputed race victory at Rockingham on Saturday afternoon, the Malaysian leading from start to finish to regain the championship lead that he had earlier in the season.
The 19-year-old seized control of the race on the startline, making a phenomenal getaway in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin Dallara from 3rd on the grid to nip past pole man Jack Harvey. Jazeman was quick to put clean air between himself and his pursuers, made no errors in the ensuing 22 laps and crossed the line 2.1s ahead for the win.
Sainz was one of 3 drivers put to the back of the grid after transgressing track limits in qualifying, the others were Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani. Tincknell made the better job of improving his lot, the Devonian finishing 7th for Carlin, ahead of Sainz, whose Dallara suffered damage in a 3rd-lap clash with the car of Double R driver Fahmi Ilyas.
Post-race, stewards docked and Sainz and Australian Nick McBride 30-second penalties for not observing track limits, dropping Carlos to 9th and McBride to 10th. That leaves Jaafar leading on 121 points with Sainz 2nd on 106, still well clear of Harvey on 91 after the pole man slipped to 5th in the race.
Sainz has 2 races on Sunday to reverse his fortunes for the weekend.
Timetable – British F3 championship, Rockingham CEST:
Sunday, 10 June 2012
11.40 a.m. Race 2
2.50 p.m. Race 3
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Faces for charity
The race cars of Red Bull Racing will contest the British Grand Prix weekend from July 6th to 8th 2012 with very special paintwork for a charitable cause.
A collage with thousands of fan pictures will adorn the race cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, supporting the Wings for Life foundation for spinal cord research. The world championship winning team is inviting fans to also be there at Silverstone as co-drivers with a personal photo.