#5 Niko Kari (FIN – Arden)
Qualifying: 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 6th
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 19th
GP3 Championship position: 10th – 36 points – after 13 of 15 races
#14 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Dams)
Qualifying: 4th – Race 1 Grid: 4th – Race 1 Result: 4th
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 5th – Race 2 Result: DNF (Incident)
GP3 Championship position: 16th – 12 points – after 13 of 15 races (debut in race 11)
An intense GP3 weekend in Jerez for both Red Bull Juniors saw Niko Kari cross the line third in Race 2 after Dan Ticktum had recorded a fine fourth in Race 1. Ticktum's pace and determination might have stollen that third from Kari but resulted in a trip into the gravel trap.
It happened on lap 13 when Ticktum was looking for more than another P4, pushed hard and got inside Kari, towing Anthoine Hubert with him as they ran 3 wide into turn 4, where there was only space for 2. Ticktum was into the gravel and retirement while Kari just held off Hubert for third.
Niko Kari third but not
"It's a shame, I stood on the podium but then the stewards gave me a ten second penalty for the incident so that kicked me to the back. I don't agree with that, for me it was just a racing incident but they saw it differently and there's nothing I can do about it even though I don't agree," stated the Finn who had turned 18 on Friday.
"Overall it was a good weekend up to that, I was quite happy with what we did. I think my driving improved quite a bit, the guys did a very good job with the car. It was certainly quicker, we can always improve but we made good steps and we've just got to cary on with that in Abu Dhabi," concluded Kari referring to the final round of the season at the Yas Marina circuit in the UAE on 24-26 November.
Dan Ticktum's impressive speed
"Overall I'm happy with my pace and the way I drove all weekend. The Dams guys gave me a great car and I think I got the best out of it but I wasn't happy with the way Race 2 ended. It should have been a podium and I don't agree with what happened, very unhappy really but there it is."
"I felt good in the car right from the start this weekend, good practice and qualifying, I'm still putting laps in on the car and I think it is only experience that kept me from qualifying even better," explained the 18-year-old Briton after only his second GP3 weekend. "Just miles really and that made the difference in Race 1 as it is just about impossible to pass here, a real frustration. As I say, a good weekend but you always want more, especially when a good result gets taken away from you like that."