#5 Niko Kari (FIN – Arden)
Qualifying: 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 9th
Race 2 Reverse Grid: 9th – Race 2 Result: 6th
GP3 Championship position: 11th – 26 points – after 8 of 16 races
A storming drive by Niko Kari in GP3 Race 1 at the Hungaroring, heading for fourth after starting seventh, was interrupted by a hectic gear change. That triggered an engine fault mode and a temporary loss of power that dropped the 17-year-old Finn down the order. Crucially the Red Bull Junior finally finished 9th and thus missed any reverse grid advantage.
Undaunted he cut through the field again in Race 2 and got up to sixth by the flag. "There were some good overtakes but I'm not that happy with my weekend, certainly things to learn from. Being consistently in the top ten is one thing but it's not what I am looking for, top three or four and racing for the win is what I want to be doing."
Quick from Friday
Kari made a good start to the weekend, fourth quickest in Practice and was looking for a similar grid position in Qualifying. "Yes it was going OK I was lapping quicker and quicker but then the red flag came out and we didn't restart so lost the last few minutes which was a shame."
"We kew the race pace should be good and Race 1 was going well, I got past a few and was going for P4 but missed my braking point and got in a bit deep, had to hurry the back shifts and the engine went into fault mode so I lost a lot more time than I should have."
"Then there was not much left of the tyres by the end of the race so that is something we can improve on, the tyre management. The same for Race 2, I was up to P6 but there was not enough left in the tyres to go further. These are things we will learn from and go forward."
"Spa is next and that's one of my favourite tracks, I know we can make use of what we learnt this weekend and do better there," enthuses Kari as he eyes the second half of the season starting with the Belgian round on August 26th and 27th.