Nurburgring: Henki Waldschmidt event summary

NUERBURG, AUGUST 16TH 2009 -- Henki Waldschmidt and his team SG Formula unfortunately remained without points during the sixth round of the Formula 3 Euroseries last weekend, despite their improved speed and commitment. The TDP driver showed...

NUERBURG, AUGUST 16TH 2009 -- Henki Waldschmidt and his team SG Formula unfortunately remained without points during the sixth round of the Formula 3 Euroseries last weekend, despite their improved speed and commitment. The TDP driver showed promise throughout the entire weekend on the 3,629 kilometre long Nuerburgring, but stayed outside the points with respecitvely a 10th and 7th place on Saturday and Sunday. Even so,

PRE-EVENT TESTS & QUALIFYING

As was during last raceweekend at Oschersleben (Germany), the entire Formula 3 Euroseries field was given the opportunity to test extensively at the Nuerburgring. During the two 90 minutes sessions, Waldschmidt and the SG Formula team tried to find a perfect setting for the tricky circuit situated in the Eiffel. But that proved to be a difficult task indeed. A continuous rise in grip of the 28 degrees centigrade warm tarmac meant that both driver and team had to constantly adapt to the changing conditions. Despite that, the La Rochelle based team managed to get things perfect in the second training session. Waldschmidt improved his fastest laptime with no less than 1,5 seconds, finishing eighth fastest. In qualifying, the Toyota protege again proved to have found the speed. Waldschmidt improved his fastest laptime yet again with a couple of tenths of a second. But with everyone performing so close to each other, he had to settle for ninth on the starting grid of the opening r ace on Saturday.

HENKI WALDSCHMIDT: It was a difficult day, but one with good results. During the first training, the track was still quite slippery and dirty but circumstances improved quickly. During qualifying, I could peak on both sets of new tyres so I established myself relatively safe in the top-ten quite early. Ninth place as endresult does not sound specetacular, but I was only 0,3 seconds away from starting on the front row. Everybody is quite close to one another, also because of the characteristics of the circuit. So I think we can expect two very exciting races!

RACE 01 + 02

Coming from ninth place on the starting grid, Waldschmidt had a good start that Saturday morning, but lost several places in the third corner when Brendon Hartley blocked him. Christian Vietoris and Stefano Coletti manage to slip past him, but he does manage to retake Hartley, limiting the positional loss to 10th. Polesitter and Championship leader Jules Bianchi is way out of reach during the 22 lap race, but the pursuing pack of eight drivers remains within striking range of Waldschmidt until the finish. He could not overtake them however, eventually finishing tenth. Under the watchful eyes of a huge crowd, the 21 year old Hague-born driver again had a good start on Sunday morning. Going into the first corner, he outbreaked Stefano Coletti and another driver and then set his sights on Sam Bird. Bird, driving for Muecke Motorsport proved not to be an easy target however and only after several laps of intense duelling did Waldschmidt manage to get past and clear away from him. A seventh place overall was the end result for Henki Waldschmidt.

HENKI WALDSCHMIDT: Everyone was quite close to each other throughout the entire weekend, so that meant a lot of close racing. I lacked just a bit too much speed to really get into the points on Saturday, but today things went a lot better. Getting into the top six when you start from 10th place is difficult, but I did come very close in doing that. It is a shame, that my charge did not earn us a point. That would have been a just reward for all the hard work this weekend. The team and I will continue testing this week in Nogaro/France. We have a couple of ideas that should bring us more improvement and we are going to try them out. I hope with succes!

-credit: hw

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