Niko Kari Hungaroring

F3 - Niko Kari on the podium at the Hungaroring

#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 8th – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2: 3rd – Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 5th
Qualifying 3: 2nd – Race 3 Grid: 2nd – Race 3 Result: 5th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 36 points – after 6 of 30 races

#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 6th – Race 1 Grid: 6th – Race 1 Result: 2nd
Qualifying 2: 10th – Race 2 Grid: 10th – Race 2 Result: DNF (Puncture)
Qualifying 3: 12th – Race 3 Grid: 13th – Race 3 Result: 8th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 12th – 26 points – after 6 of 30 races

With an excellent second place in Race 1 for Niko Kari and three solid points scoring races for Motopark team mate Sérgio Sette Câmara the Red Bull Juniors could be pleased with their FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Hungaroring even if as racers they certainly wanted more.

"I am happy with that," confirmed 16-year-old Fin Kari. "It was great to get my first podium in F3 and that certainly gives me more confidence. Otherwise there was a bit of bad luck with puncture in Race 2 and being pushed off in Race 3 this morning."

More to come

"Still it was a very good weekend and a real step forward," continued Kari. "For Race 1 I concentrated on managing the tyres and watching what the other guys were doing so as they lost grip I could move up. In the end I too had worn tyres as I was trying to catch Aron for the win but that's OK I was happy enough with second."

"Bad luck to pick up a puncture in Race 2 because I was expecting another good result. We knew that today was going to be difficult from 13th on the grid and it was very wet. But I could work my way up, got up to about P7 and then got pushed off. I wasn't happy about that, dropped back to about P13 and had to fight my way through again so P8 wasn't a bad finish considering but it should have been much better."

Expecting more

After being quickest in Thursday's official test Sette Câmara wanted more from the weekend even though three good point scoring drives moved the 17-year-old Brazilian up to ninth in the points table.

"We can certainly take some positives from the weekend even if the results are not really what we wanted and expected. The big positive is that the pace was there in qualifying and the thing that is letting us down is the starts. We realised that I was losing an average of two places at the start."

Learning

"So after the disappointment of that on Saturday we went very deep into the analysis of what was happening and we are confident that we know the problem and can put it right. We didn't have the chance to prove that today. Because it was so wet we started behind the safety car."

"When we were released I was in a good second and looking forward to a good race but then made a crucial mistake, a 360 spin and I lost a lot of time and positions, back to 5th or 6th. From there I pretty much maintained the position. That was a positive as I showed I could run the pace in the wet, something that I had not been able to do so well before."

"So positives to take away but we certainly have to make those starts work in Pau, no overtaking there!"