#12 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
#14 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara make their second visit to Zandvoort this year as it is time for the Zandvoort Masters, that special one-off event in the F3 calendar. The two Red Bull Juniors have unfinished business, especially Sette Câmara who was robbed of pole when his airbox was damaged by a foreign object and failed the pressure test at the F3 championship round.
The 18-year-old Brazilian was third there in last year's Masters final after qualifying on pole so is determined to be on top this time. "It's a track I love, my favourite other than Macau which of course is a street circuit. Zandvoort has everything, a real test and without the run-off areas that most tracks have now, so there is no room to make a mistake."
"That makes it a great track in my mind especially for a quali' lap where you put in so much energy, concentration and expectation. There are not many places to overtake in a race so that always puts extra pressure on the quali' lap," added the Motopark driver.
"The guys have done a fantastic job on the car to get it ready for Zandvoort. We had a few issues at Spa so they have gone through absolutely everything, I've got a new monocoque and all the components we had any possible doubt about."
"We had a shakedown run at the Motopark home track, Oschersleben, and it felt fantastic. All credit to the guys for all the hard work and I can't wait to get in it again this weekend," concluded Sette Câmara.
Tyres to get used to
A big difference between the Masters event and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is that the Masters uses Kumho tyres while the FIA series is on Hankook. "That's the thing for me this weekend," explained Kari. "I need to get used to the Kumho tyres quickly in Free Practice so that we are ready for qualifying."
"I like the track," added the 16-year-old. "It's a bit like the circuits we have at home in Finland so I feel good there and I enjoy it. We've got two 40 minute sessions and that should be OK to get sorted with the tyres. The team tell me they are a bit different, you've got to make use of them well in qualifying as they don't do a lot of laps so we need to get it right quickly and not make any mistakes."
"I've been in the sim to prepare but not in the car since Spa, my car hasn't changed so it is just getting used to the tyres for me."
"The format is a bit different with the qualifying race and then the final, I've not done that before so it will be interesting, should be fun, we'll see. I am looking for a good weekend, work hard, make no mistakes, qualify well and make a good job of the race," concluded Kari in his usual straightforward manner.
Zandvoort weekend schedule – all times CET
Friday August 19th
12.10 Free Practice 1 – 40 minutes
17.05 Free Practice 2 – 40 minutes
Saturday August 20th
09.55 Qualifying – 30 minutes
14.45 Qualifying Race – 12 laps
Sunday August 21st
15.00 Final – 25 laps