#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 2nd – Race 1 Grid: 12th – Race 1 Result: DNF
Qualifying 2: 1st – Race 2 Grid: 11th – Race 2 Result: DNF
Qualifying 3: 4th – Race 3 Grid: 13th – Race 3 Result: 11th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 13th – 97 points – after 27 of 30 races
#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 2nd – Race 1 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2: 15th – Race 2 Grid: 18th – Race 2 Result: 9th
Qualifying 3: 14th – Race 3 Grid: 17th – Race 3 Result: DNF
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 129 points – after 27 of 30 races
With great speed and fighting spirit, Red Bull Juniors Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara made their mark on the Imola round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship even though an engine failure each and the resulting grid penalties wrecked the weekend as far as overall results were concerned.
Kari, the 16-year-old Fin, took a superb win off the F3 champion Lance Stroll with a brilliantly bold move following a safety car in Race 1 on Saturday. He then needed a new engine after stopping in Sunday's Q2 and had to start well back in the grid for Races 2 and 3.
Sette Câmara, the 18-year-old Brazilian, had already required a replacement engine after Free Practice and while he qualified brilliantly, 2nd, 1st and 4th, the ten place penalty left him fighting through from dismal grid positions.
Kari fast and in good company
"The weekend started pretty well," explained Kari directly. "Quick in free practice and first qualifying, kept the pressure on Stroll in the race and managed to make the move to win at the right time. I went down the outside into turn one. I knew he didn't want to crash into me so although there was a bit of a risk involved I though it was worth it and it paid off."
"I was really happy with the win but also to be fighting at the front like that," he explained after his maiden win. "I think it was an important step forward, not just because of the result but to show I can race with those guys."
"Then we had the engine go in second qualifying and that left us with the grid penalties for Races 2 and 3. Not much to do from there so a disappointing Sunday but that's racing. We have to think of Saturday, the pace was there and take that to the final races in Hockenheim," concluded the Fin.
Sette Câmara fast and too fast
"It was one of those weekends," explained Sette Câmara. "Fast in free practice, then the engine went so we knew we had a 10 place grid penalty from the start. From there I did what I could, second in the first qualifying, I was pretty happy with that but wanted even more from the second session and I got pole, with fourth from my second time, not too bad."
"For the races, I didn't care, I just had to go for it. Race 1 I was up to P6 and crashed. Race 2 I was going even better and was up to P5 with enough laps left to get on the podium. I went off again, OK I took chances and they didn't pay off but it was either that or sit around in mid pack and be frustrated."
"In the last race I had a terrible set of tyres left and the wind direction had changed, there was nothing much I could do. P11 isn't impressive but there was no point in another DNF as I didn't have the tyres to do any better anyway."
"So crashing isn't what you are looking for from a weekend but if I had started from P2, 1 and 4 it would have been very different. We've got Hockenheim to go and I hope we need no more engines," concluded the Brazilian looking forward to the last three races on October 15th and 16th.