Atte Mustonen sixth at the Thruxton F3 round
Raikkonen Robertson Racing's (Double R) F3 driver Atte Mustonen finished sixth in Sunday morning's leg of the Thruxton F3 meeting. Atte was forced to retire from the evening's race due to Sebastian Hohenthal's crash.
Things went from bad to worse for Atte this weekend. During qualifying the car was well off the pace and wouldn't run at more than 70% throttle, due to a mechanic's mistake. Atte qualified twelfth fastest. The first three places on the grid were all snapped up by Carlin Motorsport drivers; Jaime Alguersuari took pole, Brendon Hartley second and Oliver Turvey third. Atte went better in the second qualifying session, and claimed fifth on the grid for the second race. Carlin Motorsport's Brendon Hartley took pole, his team mate Oliver Turvey second and Fortec Motorsport's Marcus Ericsson third.
The weather for Sunday's races was cloudy but dry. The morning's race was won by Brendon Hartley/Carlin, with Fortec's Marcus Ericsson second and Carlin's Oliver Turvey third. Atte battled his way up for a fine finish in sixth place. The evening's race ended for Atte due to a clumsy crash caused by Fortec Motorsport's Sebastian Hohenthal. The race was won by Brendon Hartley, with Oliver Turvey second and Jaime Alguersuari third.
"I'm not happy about this weekend, and I'm very upset about that Hohenthal crash. That's the second time this season that that short sighted Swede has wrecked my race and robbed me of valuable points," said Atte tersely after the race.
The next round is at Brands Hatch on 13.7.