Catalunya: Andrea Caldarelli weekend summary

Caldarelli cruises to maiden podium finish at Barcelona Andrea Caldarelli experienced the best weekend of his career in the Formula 3 Euro Series, ending up on the podium on Race 1, after taking of from the front row. The driver from Pescara,...

Caldarelli cruises to maiden podium finish at Barcelona

Andrea Caldarelli experienced the best weekend of his career in the Formula 3 Euro Series, ending up on the podium on Race 1, after taking of from the front row. The driver from Pescara, part of the Toyota Driver Program, overcame a technical issue suffered in Practice by his SG Formula Dallara-Mercedes, cruising to a stunning 2nd place at the end of Qualifying. Aware that his racer was capable to fight at the top, Caldarelli clocked his best lap ending up 65 thousands of a second off Jules Bianchi's pole.

"It's been fantastic for me to be back at the top of the charts after so many troubles - told Caldarelli - I could have even tackled to the pole, but I lost time for the yellow flags due to a spin by Vietoris"

After being moved on by Alexandre Sims, Caldarelli kept third place until checkered. "We've been waiting for so long, an the team put on-track a perfect car here at Barcelona. I was certain that the development was fol- lowing a right path and it definitely paid off."

On Race 2, Caldarelli took off from Row 4 but lost one spot after being blocked hard by Waldschmidt. He then caught the slipstream of Tiago Geronimi, who defended himself roughly, causing the Italian to brake and let Esteban Gutierrez go.

"I tried to do my race but when you're blocked so hard at the first corner there's nothing to be done. Tenth place is ok at the end of such a positive weekend..."

-credit: ac

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Esteban Gutierrez , Jules Bianchi , Andrea Caldarelli