#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 36 points – after 6 of 30 races
#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 12th – 26 points – after 6 of 30 races
A very special event in the F3 calendar is this weekend's Pau Grand Prix and Red Bull Juniors Sérgio Sette Câmara and Niko Kari can't wait to make their mark in France as key members of the Motopark team. While Sette Câmara competed last season it is the first street race for Kari.
"The first time at Pau is bound to be interesting," states Kari. "It's different of course being a street circuit and bumpier than normal tracks so the car will be set up softer. That's different but not really a concern," he adds with his usual flat confidence.
"I spent some good time on the sim," explained the 16-year-old Fin. "On the sim it looked really good and it's given me the confidence going into the weekend. Things look good on the sim but we all know that the real thing can be different but I think it will be fine. As usual I'm not measuring myself against any references, just let the speed come through hard work."
"We really got some good work done, I did sim work both for Pau and the Red Bull Ring and I am now really looking forward to the next two events. We are ready to push hard and get the results."
Replacing track time
Sette Câmara has also been putting in a good deal of sim time and it is vital for Pau. "It's really important to be so well prepared for the first race weekend with no extra track time, no test. A full day of testing can put you in the car for 6 or 7 hours so not having it makes a huge difference."
For the 17-year-old Brazilian, Pau last year was where he started to find his feet in the F3 series. "Last year was not too bad, It was the first weekend where I was close to the top ten. I like streets circuits, I enjoyed it here last time and I also have Macau experience."
"The forecast for the weekend is rain and that can make things difficult of course, street circuits can be especially tricky in the wet. So that could be a question though I made a big step forward with my wet driving at the Hungaroring," he added. "I think it will be a great weekend."
Pau weekend schedule – all times CET
Friday May 13th
09.50 Free practice 1 – 45 minutes
10.45 Free practice 2 – 45 minutes
14.25 Qualifying 1 – 45 minutes
17.35 Qualifying 2&3 – 45 minutes
Saturday May 14th
11.15 Race 1 – 33 minutes
15.50 Race 2 – 35 minutes
Sunday May 15th
15.15 Race 3 – 35 minutes