Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz jr. was the the “man of the race” with 9 overtaking manoeuvres at the Red Bull Ring! From 16th on the reverse order Race 2 grid he finished 7th in Race 8 of the Formula 3 Euro Series in Spielberg (AUT). The sprint race winner was William Buller (GBR).
Red Bull Junior Sainz had to start the race from the last this time, following his retirement from Race 1. The Carlin crew were able to repair the damaged Dallara in time for the early evening race.
The 8th place finisher of the 1st race, Carlin team-mate Buller, was sitting on pole and immediately moved into the lead, while Sainz was able to overtake no less than 6 cars following a perfect start and several audacious manoeuvres, within the first kilometre! 10th by the end of the first lap.
From there Buller pulled away, followed by Lewis and Blomqvist, with Sainz 9th on lap two. Juncadella dropped back early on after a mishap, but put pressure on Sainz after 3 laps.
The Red Bull Junior from Madrid was visibly faster than the drivers ahead of him, but now also had to concentrate on Juncadella in his rear-view mirror.
Sainz then made it past Britain’s Bernstorff and was thus also able to pull away from Juncadella. Championship leader and this morning’s winner, Raffaele Marciello (ITA), was now ahead of Carlos.
A dramatic wheel-to-wheel battle then developed between 4 drivers; Wehrlein, Marciello, Sainz and Juncadella. Positions changed several times, and there also was some contact. Fair motor racing, high drama and perfection! Even the commentators referred to it as the best F3 race in a long time.
After 9 laps the situation had calmed down.
Sainz safely held his own in 7th, ahead of last year’s winner Juncadella and championship leader Marciello. Just 5 seconds behind race leader Buller.Buller won ahead of Lewis and Blomqvist. Sainz remained 7th, scoring two points in the sprint despite the terrible starting position and the crash earlier in the day.
Carlos Sainz jr.: “That really was fun, my pace was very good, and the first metres here in Spielberg in particular were very exciting. There were some great moves, everything was fair and within limits, we left each other enough room. Unfortunately 7th was the maximum, within such a short space of time! Thanks once again to my mechanics who rebuilt a perfect car, following my excursion this morning!”
Timetable – Formula 3 Euro Series, Spielberg 2012:
Sunday, 3 June 2012
10.45 a.m.Race 3