Davison narrowly misses podium at Donington
Aussie ace charges to strong race results in penultimate round
Australian Will Davison has narrowly missed a podium finish in the latest rounds of the British Formula 3 Championship at Donington.
The 21-year-old scored a fourth and a seventh in the two races on the weekend, two fantastic results considering the Menu Motorsport driver started from a lowly grid position in each.
"We didn't quite have it together in qualifying but we had two pretty good races," said Davison.
"My confidence has been down a bit in the last few rounds and it's taking me a little time to get back up to speed since I've moved to Menu Motorsport. The team is a good group of motivated guys and it's been a case of re-learning many things in a short space of time."
Davison started 16th in the first race, which started in wet conditions and became something of a lottery. Rain began to fall as the cars sat on the grid, with three other drivers electing to change to slick tyres rather than use wet weather tyres.
The early laps saw Davison charge to eighth and then progress all the way up to second position behind team-mate Rob Austin, but two Safety Car periods had allowed the slick-shod drivers to stay closer to the lead pack than the weather would normally have dictated in the wet conditions.
"With two laps to go, the 'slicks' guys kicked in as the track dried and were six seconds a lap faster and we couldn't do anything to hold them off. So I wound up fourth, which was still a great result, considering where I started.
"The last 10 laps of the race on wet weather tyres on a drying track were interesting. If there had been no Safety Cars then we would have had a clear podium position but we made the right call with our tyre strategy. The Safety Cars just helped out the other guys on slicks."
For the second race, Davison started 11th after being blocked on his hot lap in qualifying and wasn't helped by the fact that he used up his tyres early in the session and the weather conditions improved as the session wore on.
"The track was a little bit greasy at the start so we went out a bit earlier. The track was better later in the session, but by then my tyres were past their use-by-date. I was in the top four for 24 minutes of the 30-minute session but that's life."
In the race, Davison made another great start, though came together with Dane Ronnie Bremer at the end of the first lap and that allowed Nelson Piquet Jr past. The race was a more processional affair than the first, Davison taking seventh spot.
"I just couldn't get close enough to get past Piquet.
"Overall, we have a good working environment. I'd like to have qualified stronger but the car's fast and the team are hungry and working hard to help me get to grips with it all. I know I can do the job and they know I can do the job, we just need all the pieces to fall into place."
Only one weekend of racing remains in the British Formula 3 Championship at Brands Hatch later in the month.