Nurburgring: Volkswagen race report

Mika Maki on podium again with Volkswagen Power Wolfsburg (16 August 2009). Volkswagen driver Mika Maki clinched third place at the twelfth race of the Formula 3 Euro Series season at the Nurburgring, thus repeating the result he achieved two ...

Mika Maki on podium again with Volkswagen Power

Wolfsburg (16 August 2009). Volkswagen driver Mika Maki clinched third place at the twelfth race of the Formula 3 Euro Series season at the Nurburgring, thus repeating the result he achieved two weeks ago at Oschersleben.

The Finnish Red Bull Junior successfully defended his third place at the start and saw the chequered flag behind Alexander Sims (Great Britain) and Christian Vietoris (Gonnersdorf, both Dallara-Mercedes). Jean Karl Vernay, who - like Maki - drives for the Volkswagen partner team Signature, went to the race from grid position four and became entangled in a collision at the start. After sitting a drive-through penalty - the race stewards considered his position on the starting grid to be inaccurate - the Frenchman finished the race in 15th place. As early as in the race on Saturday, Maki and Vernay had scored important additional championship points by clinching places five and six. After twelve of 20 races Vernay with 35 points is ranking fourth in the standings, Maki with a score of 22 points moved up to eighth place.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director: "Congratulations to Mika Maki on finishing on the winners' podium. He and his team Signature have shown what is possible with the Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group - just like the numerous exploits in the British Championship and the German Formula 3 Cup proved. Here at the Nurburgring we could have achieved more exploits as well, but some of our drivers sensed that the line between success and failure is very thin in the Formula 3 Euro Series.""

#3 - Mika Maki (Finland) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature Qualifying: 5th place - race 1: 5th place - race 2: 3rd place "Four points in the first race, four in the second - the weekend went pretty well. Fifth place in qualifying was a good start - I maintained my position in both races. I wasn't able to really attack but also didn't have any problems with my immediate rivals. The result makes me feel very confident for the next race weekend at Brands Hatch."

#4 - Jean Karl Vernay (France) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature Qualifying: 7th place - race 1: 6th place - race 2: 15th place "After things were going pretty well in the first race, I'm disappointed with the run on Sunday. My start was okay, but I ran out of space right in the first turn. I lost a few places but still had chances of clinching a good result if I hadn't received the unfortunate drive-through. Still, the championship remains open and at Brands Hatch we'll attack again. Last year, we celebrated a one-two win with Signature and Volkswagen there."

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Christian Vietoris , Mika Maki , Kris Nissen , Jean-Karl Vernay , Alexander Sims
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport