Jüri Vips

FIA F3 at Paul Ricard with Vips, Tsunoda and Lawson

#21 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 5th – 20 points – after 2 of 16 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Jenzer Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 10th – 1 point – after 2 of 16 races

#4 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 19th – 0 points – after 2 of 16 races

The second round of the FIA F3 championship takes place as part of the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard this weekend. While ex Juniors chase F1 World Championship honours for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, the next generation: Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda and Jüri Vips, have their own battles to win.

Jüri Vips to build on Barcelona success

"I'm just looking forward to getting back in the car after the break," stated the 18-year-old Estonian. "It's been over a month since Barcelona and I'm keen to be driving again. I know some drivers are doing other series and they have more racing but I am very happy with the program I am doing. I think that competing in another series in a car that handles differently is a distraction."

"As far as our situation goes we should just pick up where we left off in Spain. I was very happy with the way that the car and the team worked there. We had an almost perfect weekend. Sure it was a bit frustrating that towards the end of qualifying when everyone is putting in their quickest lap, the guy in front of me made a mistake and spoilt my lap, but that's the way it goes sometimes."

"So we are set for a good weekend in Paul Ricard, hopefully with a clear run in Qualifying," concluded the Hitech Grand Prix driver who pushed through to 6th from 11th on the grid in Race 1 and then took 2nd in Race 2 from P3 on the reverse grid.

Yuki Tsunoda awake to what he needs to do

"It's good to be going to a track that I know well after the Euroformula event," stated the 19-year-old Japanese. "It's maybe not my favourite circuit but I like it, it's OK. We've had Euroformula races since the F3 race in Barcelona but honestly I am not worried about swapping cars. We did that going to the F3 race in Barcelona after Euroformula at Paul Ricard and it did not give me any problems."

"I want to make a better job of Free Practice than I did in Barcelona, there the track was really dirty and I found it difficult to adapt to that. So I need to make a better job and prepare well for the qualifying."

"Qualifying went OK in Barcelona but I think I should be able to push harder and put in a better quality lap."

"I also need to make a better start, that was not good, especially in Race 1. So I will work on these things and I think that we can have a good weekend. First though I am catching up on my sleep, I arrived late on Tuesday night and was locked out of the hotel!" protested the Honda Formula Dream Project driver.

Liam Lawson to make the most of free time

"Really, the focus for us is that 45 minutes of free practice and making the most of it," explained the 17-year-old New Zealander. "In the FIA series the track time is very limited and we didn't get the best out of that time in Barcelona."

"As long as we can do that, really get things sorted in practice we should be in good shape. Our race pace was good in Barcelona but qualifying was hurt by the fact that we didn't get what we needed to done in practice."

"We have certainly done everything we can to be prepared, the team has been working hard and I have had some sessions in the sim. Of course I know Ricard already but there is the issue of swapping from the Euroformula car which is very different, but I'm ready for that and as long as you go into it with the right mindset it shouldn't be a problem," asserted the MP Motorsport driver.

Paul Ricard weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 21st June
09:25 – Practice (45 minutes)
17:50 – Qualifying (30 minutes)

Saturday 22nd June
10:30 - Race 1 (20 laps)

Sunday 23rd June
09:55 - Race 2 (20 laps)