Yuki Tsunoda

FIA F3 season finale in Sochi for Vips, Tsunoda and Lawson

#21 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 3rd – 122 points – after 14 of 16 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Jenzer Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 8th – 67 points – after 14 of 16 races

#4 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
FIA F3 Championship position: 11th – 40 points – after 14 of 16 races

Heading east for the last FIA F3 round of the season, Red Bull Juniors Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda and Jüri Vips are all up for the battle. Races 15 and 16 in Sochi on the Black Sea coast give them the chance to enhance their places in the record book. Vips can add to his two victories from earlier this year, Tsunoda has a run of 2nd, 3rd and 1st in the last three races and Lawson is looking for his first win having been 3rd mid season and 2nd last time out.

Vips very sure

Vips is typically clear about things. "I'm here to have a great weekend and take second in the championship. I'm full of confidence, we went over what happened in Monza, there were mistakes on both sides and I know that I have learnt from that, realised what I have to do and am stronger for it."

"I've not raced here but spent some good time in the sim and I like the track. It's technical and I think it fits my style," added the 19-year-old Estonian.

"The weather might be changeable, I don't care what it does. It might be better if we get some rain and it mixes things up a bit," concluded the Hitech Grand Prix driver with a chuckle.

Tsunoda well prepared

In the early season races the 19-year-old Japanese quickly became famous for sensational drives from the back of the grid following troubled qualifying. That has been sorted and his run of recent podiums very impressive. The Honda Formula Dream Project driver is looking forward to another strong weekend at yet another new circuit.

"I enjoyed it in the simulator I so I expect that I can enjoy it even more in the car. It is a different situation this weekend. Again the track is new to me but this time it is new to a lot of the other drivers as well so that might make a difference."

"Also I have got more out of the F3 car in the last races so I am more confident going into this weekend. I have done as much work as I possibly can to get ready so now we just have to do it," concluded the Jenzer Motorsport driver.

Lawson to go the distance

The 17-year-old New Zealander has had pace from the start of the year but it hasn't always translated into points.

"I'm excited, it looks like a good track and I think it will be a great weekend. I can't believe how quickly the F3 season has gone and it will be great to end the year on a high."

"Some things are going to depend on the weather, it looks as though it could rain at times through Friday and Saturday so we will have to make the best of whatever happens," added the Euroformula race winner from a very wet Barcelona last week.

"In the dry we have to make these tyres last in the races. The track looks to be very smooth, I guess there is going to be a lot of thermal degradation, we've got to make them go the distance as much as possible."

"It's a new circuit for me, probably for quite a few of the guys but my two teammates have been here before, that's good for me, I can learn from them," added the MP Motorsport driver.


Sochi weekend schedule – all times Moscow Standard Time (MSK) = CEST +1
Friday 27th September
08:20 – Practice (45 minutes)
13:00 – Qualifying (30 minutes)

Saturday 28th September
10:15 – Race 1 (20 laps)

Sunday 29th September
09:55 – Race 2 (20 laps)