#9 Callum Ilott (GBR – Carlin Dallara-VW)
Qualifying: 9th – Qualifying Race Grid: 9th – Qualifying Race Result: 14th
Masters Race Grid: 14th – Masters Race Result: 8th
Eighth was not what Callum Ilott went to Zandvoort for but it was not a bad result from P14 on the grid of the non championship Masters of Formula 3. The 16-year-old Briton showed great timing and aggression to drive his way through to eighth on the first lap and kept attacking but could never quite secure seventh.
"I enjoyed the race, made a great start, passed two into one corner and made some good decisions to get up to eighth," explained the Red Bull Junior. "I kept pushing from there and had a couple of opportunities to go further but couldn't quite make them stick."
"In the end I probably overcooked the tyres a bit pushing hard but it was all good experience," continued the Carlin driver. "It was good to use the Kumhos, to try a different tyre and get the experience how they worked through the weekend."
"I struggled a bit in qualifying, I didn't seem to have the grip of the others, I couldn't use them in the same way, which was pretty frustrating after free practice had gone so well and I don't really know where we lost it for qualifying," he admitted with typical frankness. Though ninth, just a tenth of a second separated him from seventh.
"The first free session was good, I was fourth quickest but at the end a wheel rim snapped through a fast corner and I went off in a big way. The guys did a great job fixing the car and I was out part way through the second session and set the forth time again."
"I knew that coming from P9 in the qualifying race wouldn't be easy and I didn't have a good feeling with the clutch on the line. I stalled it, hit the button and got going again but I'd lost places and finished 14th, it is so hard to pass. The guys changed the clutch for the main race today and it was great, a perfect start."
"Again it was an 'interesting' weekend. It could have gone better but I'm learning. I think I learnt a good bit about race craft, tactics, making use of the tyres. It's all good experience," concluded Ilott.