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FIA F3 back-to-back-to the Red Bull Ring for Tsunoda, Lawson & Vips

#21 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 4th – 32 points – after 4 of 16 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Jenzer Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 11th – 9 points – after 4 of 16 races

#4 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 12th – 8 points – after 4 of 16 races

No rest this time for the F3 drivers and teams, straight from Le Castellet to Spielberg, the Red Bull Juniors, Liam Lawson, Jüri Vips and Yuki Tsunoda, are all keyed up for the Austrian round. At Paul Ricard all three featured in the battles at the front and intend that their struggles will result in a trip to the podium at the Red Bull Ring.

Yuki Tsunoda keen to get real with qualifying

"It's very hot here but we've been cooling off in the swimming pool and relaxing before we go to the circuit this afternoon for the track walk," explained the 19-year-old Japanese who drives for Jenzer Motorsport. "It's another new track to me, in fact I think all of the rest of the FIA F3 tracks now are new to me except the Hungaroring. I have driven it in the sim, but frankly for me that just helps to know which way the corners go, you have to do the work in the car."

"We really have a lot of work to do on our qualifying pace," explained the Honda Formula Dream Project driver who qualified 27th in Paul Ricard and finished 7th in Race 1. "Our race pace is good but the qualifying is really hurting us so that is what we will be concentrating on, we need a big improvement. So I am keen to get started, I think I will like the track."

Liam Lawson happy to be at a favourite with 2 more points

"I raced here last year in F4. It is one of my favourite tracks and I've been very much looking forward to it," enthused the 17-year-old New Zealander. "It will be a lot different in an F3 car, the F4 car seemed pretty slow round here."

"It's definitely got some very interesting corners, the steep climbs up into Turn 1 and the next right hander make them quite special, hard to get the power on as you go over the top of the climb on the exit. Then the drop ending the lap makes those turns different too."

"After Ricard we know we need to work on the slow speed corners, that's where we struggled but here there are more quick turns so that should be good for us. It's quite a short track so we'll get a few extra laps in qualifying which helps," added the MP Motorsport driver who had his 5 second Paul Ricard Race 2 penalty rescinded so moved from 6th to 5th and picked a couple more points to place him =12th in the championship table. "I wasn't happy with the penalty and went to the Stewards afterwards and explained my side of it and they understood better what happened."

Jüri Vips thinking about tyre management and qualifying

"First I have to say that my comments after the race last weekend were a bit heated," confessed the 18-year-old Estonian. "That can happen after a race of course and analysing things afterwards I realised that there were things I should have done differently to manage the situation is Race 2 and I've learn from that and I think will do a better job of it here."

"This is a really good track that is on most of the series calendars so a lot of the drivers know it well. It is the first one we have come to though with no preseason testing so that could make a difference but not so much," added the Hitech Grand Prix driver. "It is a track that is quite difficult to set-up for because of the combination of long straight and both slow and fast corners so it is hard to find the right balance."

"It's quite a short track so that will make the strategy different and important for qualifying as you can do two push laps. So it could get quite crowded out there with a lot of cars trying to do more quick laps than usual."

Red Bull Ring weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 28th June
09:35 – Practice (45 minutes)
17:50 – Qualifying (30 minutes)

Saturday 29th June
10:25 - Race 1 (24 laps)

Sunday 30th June
09:35 - Race 2 (18 laps)