Niko Kari

F3 - Niko Kari and Sette Câmara start part 2 in Zandvoort

#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 7th – 89 points – after 15 of 30 races

#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 12th – 67 points – after 15 of 30 races

The Red Bull Juniors all have one aim; to follow their alumni into the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 teams. This week, with Pierre Gasly testing for Red Bull Racing and Sérgio Sette Câmara having his first test with Toro Rosso at Silverstone, it has been a great period for the Juniors.

Now Sette Câmara and fellow Motopark driver Niko Kari are off to Zandvoort to start the second half of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.

No comedown

No doubt switching from Wednesday's Toro Rosso F1 to the Motopark F3 car on Friday will be a big change for Sette Câmara. "Yes I guess it is going to feel a bit different," he admits with a huge smile. "That was a very special experience, I am so grateful for the opportunity and I really loved it. More than just the out-and-out speed and the cornering forces, the traction was the thing I couldn't believe, the acceleration, the first few hundred metres, to light speed, totally extreme."

The 18-year-old Brazilian is confident that he will have no problem to adjust his focus. "No I would say the opposite in fact, it gives me a great mental boost, a re-motivation, I can't wait to get back in the F3 car. I will say that I need a bit of a recovery and I'll sleep well, my neck is completely sore, my back as well, the F1 car is hard work," he added, still smiling."

Ready to go

"Because I had such a hectic time I have not been in the sim for Zandvoort but of course I know the track well, it's a favourite as far as normal circuits go, Macau is my all time favourite but that's a street track. No I love Zandvoort, the high speed corners, everything, a great challenge and I've had good results there in the past and good memories."

"Plus I think Motopark have a very strong car there for all of us, Markus Pommer won there last year so I think we will be in great shape. Carlin will be strong opposition of course but it could be a bit of a different weekend, we'll see. I think it will be a great one for us," concluded Sette Câmara.

As it should be

Niko Kari has had a more normal build up to the Zandvoort weekend. "We are well prepared and I think it will be a good weekend for us, I have been in the sim and I have also driven there before, not with this car but another team and we had some car problems, fifteen laps but in and out," explained the 16-year-old Fin. "Still I know the way the track goes and it is a bit more like the tracks in Finland so I expect to get on well with it."

"It is an old style track without the big run-off areas and I think that is the way it should be, if you make a mistake you are in trouble. So we will not have the issues we have had at other tracks with people not respecting track limits and that is the way I like it."

"It is an interesting technical track with some high speed corners, we'll probably be running quite a bit of downforce and I'm looking forward to it and having a good weekend."

Zandvoort weekend schedule – all times CET

Friday July 15th
10.00 Free Practice 1 – 40 minutes
10.45 Free Practice 2 – 40 minutes
15.15 Qualifying 1 – 20 minutes
18.30 Qualifying 2&3 – 20 minutes

Saturday July 16th
11.05 Race 1 – 33 minutes + 1 lap
14.40 Race 2 – 33 minutes + 1 lap

Sunday July 17th
15.30 Race 3 – 33 minutes + 1 lap