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F3 - Kari third at the Red Bull Ring - Sette Câmara the record

Niko Kari

#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 10th – Race 1 Grid: 15th – Race 1 Result: 12th
Qualifying 2: 6th – Race 2 Grid: 6th – Race 2 Result: 8th
Qualifying 3: 11th – Race 3 Grid: 11th – Race 3 Result: 4th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 9th – 72 points – after 12 of 30 races

#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 14th – Race 1 Grid: 13th – Race 1 Result: 20th
Qualifying 2: 4th – Race 2 Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 3: 3rd – Race 3 Grid: 3rd – Race 3 Result: 8th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 13th – 49 points – after 12 of 30 races

A tough weekend at their home event for the Red Bull Juniors in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. There were certainly highlights at the Red Bull Ring including Niko Kari's third place in Race 2 and Sérgio Sette Câmara's lap record.

Kari's performance in his debut at the Ring was particularly impressive after a fire in the car cost him Free Practice 2. "Yes, that made things tough for us," explained the 16-year-old Fin. "Going straight into first qualifying we still had work to do and it was not surprising we were down in 14th at the end of the session.

Making the best for Kari

"The guys did a great job turning things around for the second qualifying making full use of what we learnt in Q1 so we got fourth and third," continued the Fin. "Race 2 was good and I was happy to get third."

"Race 3 was a bit messy, there was a safety car and the restart was good but then I got huge understeer in turn seven and was slipstreamed across the line, I had to go into the dirty part of the track braking for turn one and locked up, there was no space in turn two either so I lost four or five places, pretty frustrating."

"Overall though it was a good weekend, a good recovery from a difficult start and the speed was there at the end, good points for us. We've got to look forward, keep learning and get the results," concluded Kari who closed significantly on 11th and 12th in the points chase.

Fight back for Sette Camara

Fourth in Race 3 from 11th on the grid was an excellent end to the weekend but the Brazilian honestly admitted that it should have been better. "Some bad starts after poor qualifying was the problem. The potential is there but I've got to put it all together."

"P2 in free practice gave us confidence but I didn't have a good qualifying day. Especially Q2, the car was awesome I should have put it on pole but I made mistakes and didn't string the lap together. The sector times showed what was possible but it didn't happen."

Charging through

"I had that penalty from Pau so was P15 for the grid in Race 1 and of course from back there it is too easy to get tangled up in some messy things and that left us P12. Race 2 should have been better starting from 6th but I stalled and was last going into the first corner."

"From there I really attacked and made smart clean moves that really worked. I showed the aggression that I need to without being over the top and I was very happy with that. So finishing 8th wasn't brilliant but it was a good race."

"Because it was the best grid position we'd invested all our tyres in Race 2 and for the last race I had the left overs, with flat spots and everything. So going from 11th to 5th wasn't bad at all. I ended the weekend with the lap record from Race 2 so we know the pace is there, I have to get qualifying and starts sorted out," concluded Sette Camara who turns 18 on Monday.