Niko Kari Zandvoort

F3 – Kari and Sette Câmara drive hard to Zandvoort Masters podium

#12 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying : 4th – Race 1 Grid: 4th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Masters Final Grid: 3rd - Result: 2nd

#14 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying : 7th – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 5th
Masters Final Grid: 5th - Result: 3rd

Two very strong drives saw Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara claim second and third in the F3 Zandvoort Masters. Both Red Bull Juniors bettered their qualifying positions with bold moves and aggressive pace that they carried all the way through the 25 lap final.

It was an all Motopark team podium and both Kari and Sette Câmara felt that it should have been them on the top step.

"I'm not the happiest guy," explained 16-year-old Fin Kari. "I am never happy to be second but you have to say that it was not a bad weekend at all really. Big thanks to the team who gave me a great car for the final, they really worked and I think we have made a step with the car that we can carry forward."

"Qualifying wasn't everything we wanted, at a place like Zandvoort you need to do better than P4 but things got better through the weekend and the final was OK."

Kari giving it all in the final

"I made a pretty good start and almost had the lead going into the first corner but just couldn't do it. I got second though and then I was chasing and everyone knows how hard that is at Zandvoort. If you are within a second of the guy in front you lose too much downforce, 1.5 seconds and it's OK but of course you can't pass from back there."

"So a bit frustrating in the end but a great weekend for the team and I really have to thank them for turning things around as we haven't been so happy at the recent races. This sure is a step forward and good for the confidence for all of us."

Sette Câmara driving hard all weekend

Sergio had a similar take on the result but a very different assessment on the substance behind it. "I can't be happy with third because I think that I am driving better than that but considering that we started the final from P5 I should be pleased. Certainly it wasn't a bad race, I got off the line well and had Albon by the first corner."

"Then at the end of the lap I got a good drive out onto the straight, pulled out of Ilott's slipstream and went for very late braking down the outside into turn one. I didn't get it done but scrambled back through the gears, got the car stopped and turned to drive out inside. We were side by side into the next corner but I had the line and that was it."

Things to work on

"I was just frustrated through the weekend because I felt I was driving well with real pace but the times didn't come. It is something we have to get to the bottom of and we have a team test at Oschersleben coming up and I really hope we can understand and solve the problem for the rest of the season," he concluded.