#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Sérgio Sette Câmara and Niko Kari are all primed for the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship races of the season at Paul Ricard this weekend after excellent preseason testing. The Junior Team drivers are both in the highly professional Motopark squad and keen to get into action.
16-year-old Fin Kari was second in Day 1 at the Vallelunga test with Câmara second quickest on Day 2. Kari is naturally confident as he looks forward to the opening race in France. "Everything is looking good. Of course there is always more you can do, working on small things, but certainly no big problems."
New class and new circuit
It's a big step into the ultra competitive world of F3 from Kari's domination of the Northern European Zone SMP F4 championship last year. So is it easier or harder than he expected? "I've no real comment to make on that, I just believe that if we do our work well it will come out OK. The testing went well and there is nothing specific that we are going to be concentrating on here, just making sure that we do our job well."
"I've never been here before, I did some sim time to get used to the track layout really good and fun. In general terms it looks pretty similar to Vallelunga actually so it should be quite OK for us," observed Kari of the short, 3,841km, version of the Ricard circuit.
Something to watch out for
"The big thing here could be track limits. It's possible to cut the track and run off a lot and that can be a question but we just have to concentrate on what we are doing and not worry about others," concluded the Scandinavian.
The track limits issue is also something that team mate Câmara is well aware of; "It will be something to watch out for this year but the F3 people are very professional and I am sure they will handle it well," stated the 17-year-old Brazilian.
"Testing went well," said Câmara. "I am very happy with the team and everything that we have done so far but of course we will have a better idea where we really stand when we get on track here. I have never been here before but I did some time in the sim and I like the track."
"It is similar to Vallelunga in terms of speed and corner radius but of course every track is different and we will be going through everything on the car to get the best settings. We have no specific problems after the test, nothing that is concerning us."
Câmara has the F3 experience from 2015 to call on and is well settled in Europe now, basing himself in Spain for the season. It was a tough start last year but his impressive improvement through the season, including 3rd in the Masters of Formula 3 Zandvoort, indicate what he should be capable of in 2016.