#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 58 points – after 9 of 30 races
#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 13th – 30 points – after 9 of 30 races
Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara are at home in Austria this weekend for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring. The Motopark drivers come from a very testing weekend around the streets of Pau to the wide open spaces of Spielberg in Styria.
16-year-old Fin Kari can't wait to get into action. "The track layout is one of my favourites, I've never raced there but have done quite a few laps testing both with an F3 car and Renault 2 litre. It has been resurfaced recently and I haven't been on it since but if the Hungaroring is anything to go by it could be a couple of seconds quicker. In the wet the Hungaroring wasn't so grippy but we'll see what the Red Bull Ring is like."
The place to be
"We all learnt a lot from last weekend at Pau," asserted Kari. "I can't wait to put that into effect this weekend, it's going to be a great one. Wonderful to be at home on such a superb circuit."
Sette Câmara, having raced at the Ring last year, is even more certain of his feelings. "I really like it, the last corner is my favourite in all of motorsport," enthused the Brazilian who turns 18 the Monday after the race. "The last two corners are a combination and you use everything, including the astroturf and any time you are really going fast you feel that you are going to spin but there is a compression that stabilises the car, it is just amazing and it never gets boring, that's for sure."
Surface and sunshine
Spending time on the sim on Wednesday, Sette Câmara was sure they had done everything they could even though questions remain. "We tried to set up the sim for the new surface but there is so little info on the grip level etc., that it is pretty impossible. Of course it will effect the car set up as well so there are going to be quite a few question marks going into the weekend, it's new for everyone.
"It's incredible, there is rain forecast for Friday at least. Last year in F3 we had hardly any rain, this year the opposite. The Red Bull Ring is tricky, always unpredictable with all the mountains around. I hope it dries, it is such a beautiful place in the sunshine and for sure it is more fun in the dry. This year I have had no choice but to get on with driving in the wet and for sure my driving has certainly improved," he concluded with his great smile.
Red Bull Ring weekend schedule – all times CET
Friday May 20th
10.35 Free Practice 1 – 40 minutes
11.20 Free Practice 2 – 40 minutes
14.50 Qualifying 1 – 20 minutes
18.00 Qualifying 2&3 – 20 minutes
Saturday May 21st
10.45 Race 1 – 33 minutes plus one lap
14.30 Race 2 – 33 minutes plus one lap
Sunday May 22nd
11.20 Race 3 – 33 minutes plus one lap