#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 13th – 97 points – after 27 of 30 races
#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 129 points – after 27 of 30 races
Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara are in Hockenheim this weekend for the final three races in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Both Red Bull Juniors are in great form after Imola even though their results were blunted by engine change grid penalties.
Fin Kari, who has just turned 17, won Race 1 in Imola but then needed an engine change and that wrecked the rest of the weekend as far as grid positions were concerned, he carries one ten place grid penalty forward to Hockenheim.
Sette Câmara, the 18-year-old Brazilian, worked through all three penalties at Imola and is looking to impress at Hockenheim. "I can't wait to get out there. The Motopark guys did a lot of work to be more competitive there and we were in good shape at the June test," he enthused, recalling the third fastest time he posted at the end of two days. "Everyone has done plenty of testing there and knows the track well. I am sure all the times will be very tight."
"I'm going there confident, I like the track and it will be great to have three really good races to end the season. It is very interesting to get the best out of the circuit and for me there are two crucial sections; turn two, before the Parabolika, and the Mercedes corner, before the run to the motordrome, really technical."
Starting not so clean
Kari has that ten place engine grid penalty for Race 1 at Hockenheim plus a further three place penalty following an Imola Race 3, first lap incident that the stewards were not thrilled with. The team will respond tactically. "It makes sense to concentrate on the second qualifying and Races 2 and 3," admitted Kari. "I'm still going to try and get into the points in Race 1 but we have to concentrate the effort where we have a better chance."
"I'm looking forward to it, a great track, with everything, a real mix of corners, technical sections, it should be a really good way to end the season," asserted Kari who also felt that the June test was productive. "Considering we found out afterwards that the monocoque was broken, yes. We learnt a lot and I think that we have everything we need to do a good job this weekend."
Hockenheim weekend schedule – all times CET
Friday October 14th
10.45 Free Practice 1 – 40 minutes
11.30 Free Practice 2 – 40 minutes
13.55 Qualifying 1 – 20 minutes
17.35 Qualifying 2&3 – 20 minutes
Saturday October 15th
10.00 Race 1 – 35 minutes
17.05 Race 2 – 35 minutes
Sunday October 16th
10.05 Race 3 – 35 minutes