Catalunya: Volkswagen weekend summary

Mika Maki and Tiago Geronimi in top 10 at Barcelona Wolfsburg (20 September 2009). In races 15 and 16 of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Barcelona, Spain, the Volkswagen drivers Mika Maki and Tiago Geronimi managed the leap into the top 10 twice....

Mika Maki and Tiago Geronimi in top 10 at Barcelona

Wolfsburg (20 September 2009). In races 15 and 16 of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Barcelona, Spain, the Volkswagen drivers Mika Maki and Tiago Geronimi managed the leap into the top 10 twice. A starting accident on Saturday had deprived the total of six drivers "powered by Volkswagen" of the chances to clinch front positions and championship points. The Frenchman Jean Karl Vernay (Team Signature) and the Briton Nick Tandy (Kolles & Heinz Union) had to park their damaged cars while Mika Maki (Finland) and Tiago Geronimi (Brazil) lost a lot of places on account of the accident. The two junior drivers from the French Signature squad started a strong recovery afterwards that saw them advance to positions ten and eleven. On Sunday, Tiago Geronimi in eighth place was the best driver with Volkswagen Power, his team-mates Mika Maki and Jean Karl Vernay, the latter having started from the rear of the field, finished in places 13 and 14. Jake Rosenzweig (USA, Carlin Motorsport) retired on Saturday due to a defective drive shaft, in the second race on Sunday he occupied 19th place.

#3 - Mika Maki (Finland) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 11th place - race 1: 10th place - race 2: 13th place

"Throughout the weekend we were lacking the required speed; we just didn't find the right set-up. As a result, we were too far behind even in qualifying; the races were nothing to write home about. I'm pretty disappointed. Let's see how things will be going in the next race at Dijon; that's a new track for me."

#25 - Tiago Geronimi (Brazil) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 10th place - race 1: 11th place - race 2: 8th place

"My weekend started pretty well, for the first time I was faster in qualifying than my team-mates, who have a lot more experience than I. In the race I was shooting for a place among the top eight - but, unfortunately, after the accident in the first turn I could kiss those plans goodbye. In the race on Sunday I was under heavy pressure by my immediate rivals but was able to defend my position. I'm pretty happy."

-credit: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Mika Maki , Tiago Geronimi , Jake Rosenzweig , Nick Tandy , Jean-Karl Vernay
Teams Carlin