Jüri Vips

Jüri Vips wins at the Red Bull Ring in FIA F3

#21 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)
Qualifying: 3rd – Race 1 Grid: 3rd – Race 1 Result: 1st
Race 2 Grid top 8 in reverse order: 8th – Race 2 Result: 6th
FIA F3 Championship position: 3rd – 63 points – after 6 of 16 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Jenzer Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
Qualifying: 27th – Race 1 Grid: 25th – Race 1 Result: 16th (5 second penalty)
Race 2 Grid top 8 in reverse order: 16th – Race 2 Result: 11th
FIA F3 Championship position: 13th – 9 points – after 6 of 16 races

#4 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)
Qualifying: 17th – Race 1 Grid: 15th – Race 1 Result: 14th
Race 2 Grid top 8 in reverse order: 14th – Race 2 Result: 25th
FIA F3 Championship position: 15th – 8 points – after 6 of 16 races

A great first win for Jüri Vips, the 18-year-old Estonian in the Austrian round of the FIA F3 championship. He had to fight hard for victory but also put in the fastest lap of the race and moves to third in the points table. Fellow Red Bull Juniors Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson also had strong drives with Tsunoda cutting through from 25th to cross the line 13th in Race 1 and Lawson looking for a Race 1 top ten until running off track.

Jüri Vips with a great weekend

"Yes, but not perfect," laughed the Hitech Grand Prix driver. "Really a very good weekend. We've made progress, the team is all pulling together very well and we've made a big improvement. You can always find a little more and in Qualifying we were missing just a little but in Race 1 I had a lot of pace over the others in the first laps and that is how I could get into the lead."

"This is a different track to Ricard and the tyre degradation is not such an issue, you still have to watch it of course but here it is more to do with the set-up, the balance of the car and the team made a great job of that yesterday, we certainly had the advantage, also setting the fastest lap."

"It wasn't like that today, we were missing a bit and that is something we will work on," he explained after finishing 6th from P8 in the reverse grid Race 2. "I think that we can take this success to the next round at Silverstone. I like the track and went well there last year. The way the team is working now is all reflected in the success this weekend and I hope that we can carry on like this."

Yuki Tsunoda doing all the overtaking again

"Not an easy weekend but good race pace again and a lot of overtaking," explained the 19-year-old Japanese. "Just like Paul Ricard we didn't have the set-up for Qualifying. Also my driving was not spot on compared to Free Practice. I had confidence in the race pace though so I had a good start and overtook as many cars as possible, also I was thinking about conserving the tyres."

"I bumped another car though braking late into the second right corner and that was my fault, I got a five second penalty for that so though I crossed the line P13 I was 16th. My car did get a little damage on the front but that did not effect things too much."

"In Race 2 today I was also confident from the start, passed three cars on the first lap and three on the second. But I knew that after F1 Qualifying yesterday there would be more rubber down and I had to be even more careful with degradation."

"I got up to P9 and was trying to overtake into the third right corner, a difficult place to overtake but I was in the good position, going around the outside when he let off the brakes and hit me. He got a penalty but I lost places so finished P11," concluded the Jenzer Motorsport driver.

Liam Lawson with a balance to find

"The first race wasn't so bad but should have been better," stated the 17-year-old New Zealander. "I got a good start, the pace was decent and I was up into the top ten but then locked up trying to go past someone, went off and that cost us a lot. A big shame really," admitted Lawson who was looking at the top 8 finish that would have seen him in a great position for Race 2.

"Then today we just didn't have the pace at all. We've got some issues to go through for sure as we don't immediately know why, just the balance of the car isn't there at the moment."

"Things started well enough here, we had a good pace in Free Practice on the old tyres but when we put a new set on we were not so happy. In Qualifying I just didn't get the lap together that we needed."

"It hasn't helped that I have been feeling pretty lousy all weekend, it's been so hot and maybe the air conditioning has got to me or something but not being the best myself certainly hasn't helped," explained the MP Motorsport driver.