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F3 European

F3 - A troubled Spa for Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara

Spa

#9 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 17th – Race 1 Grid: 17th – Race 1 Result: 15th
Qualifying 2: 17th – Race 2 Grid: 17th – Race 2 Result: DNF (engine)
Qualifying 3: 17th – Race 3 Grid: 21st – Race 3 Result: 15th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 12th – 89 points – after 21 of 30 races

#10 Niko Kari (FIN – Motopark Dallara-VW)
Qualifying 1: 12th – Race 1 Grid: 12th – Race 1 Result: 11th
Qualifying 2: 12th – Race 2 Grid: 12th – Race 2 Result: 10th
Qualifying 3: 14th – Race 3 Grid: 14th – Race 3 Result: 7th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship position: 13th – 82 points – after 21 of 30 races

A tough weekend in the Ardennes for Niko Kari and Sérgio Sette Câmara but Kari came away with some points and Sette Câmara the determination to get things sorted before the next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Kari's weekend began and ended well as the 16-year-old Fin was fastest in the wet opening free practice and he did a great job of fighting through from 14th to 7th in Race 3. Sette Câmara struggled with technical issues including an engine failure in Race 2 and the 18-year-old Brazilian was denied points from Spa.

Kari in the wet

"Yes the weekend started well, it was my kind of weather," explained Kari. "Apart from that we really struggled with set up. In the dry I just didn't seem to have the car I needed, I had a real problem with understeer and kept asking for more oversteer but I am happy to say they sorted it out for the last race and I enjoyed that one."

Motopark Team Principal Timo Rumpfkeil was impressed with that drive. "He did a good job there from a bad grid position, made good passes, clear manoeuvres. It's certainly a shame about the qualifying this weekend, I believe we had a bad batch of tyres for Qualifying 1 as all of our guys suffered and it didn't make any sense."

Technical issues for Sette Câmara

Following the tyre issues in Qualifying 1, Sette Câmara continued to struggle through Qualifying 2 and into the races. "Yes, I had quite a few problems, the engine wasn't right and finally it gave up in Race 2 plus the car just didn't feel right, brakes, chassis, I was fighting with everything."

"There is plenty to work on before the next races at the Nurburgring. It is a shame that we didn't change the engine earlier as we are going to carry the grid penalty for changing engines that put us at the back in Race 3 into the next event as well. So we will be starting at the back even when we qualify much better than we did here."