Scott Speed scores first top 10-finish. NORICH, England (April 20) -- The promising driving career of American newcomer Scott Speed reached another level with his first Top 10 finish of his young British F3 career with a ninth place result in...
Scott Speed scores first top 10-finish.
NORICH, England (April 20) -- The promising driving career of American newcomer Scott Speed reached another level with his first Top 10 finish of his young British F3 career with a ninth place result in the first race of the two race format at the Snetterton circuit's F3 Championships located near Norwich, Norfolk. In the second race, Speed was involved in a first lap melee that rendered his Alan Docking Racing Dallara Mugen Honda Red Bull ride unable to compete any further. The Snetterton circuit features two of the longest straights on the British F3 tour.
"We're pretty happy with our first Top-10," said Speed, who started the first F3 event from the 16th starting position on the grid. "It was great to mix it up in the race and run our strategy. After eight laps we had moved up to ninth. After a couple of cautions, we went back to green and really couldn't do much with the cars in front of me. So I hung back and protected my position. After the race we came in the pits only to find out our right front tire was almost flat. It happened early in the race because before the first caution we ran the fourth fastest lap. The mishap hindered our braking causing it to lock and affect the handling.
"The second race was unfortunate because we thought we were capable of getting at least a top five by the end of the day. It was a racing incident. There was a crash in front of me at the start going into turn one. Everyone checked up and ran into the back of each other. It's a real shame. We were looking forward to having a good finish. We were starting up in the field (12th) and our Red Bull Dallara was quick, but that's the way racing goes."
As the champion of the Red Bull F1 Driver Search, Speed is competing on the same training grounds for that produced such notable driving talents as Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen and the incomparable Ayrton Senna.
In his rookie season, Speed is developing ahead of schedule, quickly adapting to his new driving endeavor. He's steadily progressing, but concedes he needs as much seat time as possible in the 10 races remaining on the current British F3 schedule which is the stepping stone to the Formula 1 circuit.
"Because of the missed testing time in the beginning of the year due to a racing accident in the preseason, we ran into a lot of problems in Donington, but the team I'm working with is fantastic" stated Speed noting his Alan Docking Racing Red Bull team. "My engineer Paul (Antony) and I get along great. We have a great communication base. We're working out the minor issues with the car and making small steps forward. I think it's only going to get better and better."
Speed moved into to a tie for 14th in the British F-3 Championship standings. The driver of the Red Bull Dallara Mugen Honda will next race May 4-5 at the Croft Circuit in Croft at Tees, North Hampshire.