Zandvoort: Guillaume Moreau race notes

Guillaume Moreau takes his maiden F3 victory A wind of change blew on Formula 3 Euro Series in Holland last Saturday. For the first time since Zandvoort 2003, a rookie driver won, and Guillaume Moreau is also the first Frenchman to succeed since...

Guillaume Moreau takes his maiden F3 victory

A wind of change blew on Formula 3 Euro Series in Holland last Saturday. For the first time since Zandvoort 2003, a rookie driver won, and Guillaume Moreau is also the first Frenchman to succeed since the beginning of the present season.

Signature ace took another brilliant podium finish on Sunday, following the exclusion of Sebastian Vettel, whose car was under the minimum weight. The German and his team appealed against the decision. Guillaume comments: "My pace was strong in the practice sessions, it continued during both qualifying sessions, and I could start Race 1 from 5th, and Race 2 from 6th. I was heading my team-mates, and timed half a second faster than Giedo Van der Garde, who was racing on his home ground, and than any other Opel driver, in Saturday morning's qualifying. We were very satisfied with this, because it was definitely a great improvement compared to what we have recently been through."

"I'd like to see the TV images of the start because from the inside, I didn't quite understand what happened to the drivers in front of me. At least I am sure that my start was good, and I took the right decisions at the right moments, like when I choose not to overtake Di Resta on the outside line: he collided with team-mate Di Grassi, and just after that, ASM drivers Sutil and Hamilton did the same thing. I escaped the early chaos, but another crash had happened further back in the field and the safety-car came out. With me on the lead! I didn't expect it but I managed to remain concentrated and had an excellent restart. Paul Di Resta closed in later, but I was very fast in "Bos Uit", just before the pits straight, so he couldn't threaten me. Then Paul made a mistake in "Bos Uit", delayed Vettel, and got a "drive through" penalty for overtaking before the line at the restart! The rest of the race was perfect for me, I drove like in qualifying, caring about nothing but pushing hard. I was clearly faster than Vettel so I took the flag more than 3 seconds before him. It's good to win again, to be on the podium and to hear "La Marseillaise". Jean Alesi came to congratulate me and Opel people too. The team was also delighted as you can imagine."

"I did a terrible start on Sunday but braked late enough to recover 6th at "Tarzan". I fought with Van der Garde but the temperature was warmer than on Saturday, and my car's set-up wasn't so good, with too much understeering, especially in "Bos uit", so I couldn't get past, despite being faster. But I could keep Di Resta behind. Meanwhile, Di Grassi got a penalty and Sutil crashed, so I came home 4th. Vettel's exclusion at the scrutineering put me on a "virtual" podium again, like in Spa. Hopefully I can soon get my trophy back."

"I had a frustrating race on Sunday behind Van der Garde, but I am very happy of my week-end here, the Signature team did a fantastic job and it is a great achievement after all the hard times we have had. I added 16 points to the 16 I owned before the meeting, and I also climbed in the Rookie's Cup standings. Next races will take place at the Euro Speedway Lausitzring, I have never been there but I have more motivation than ever."

-future racing com

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Jean Alesi , Sebastian Vettel , Guillaume Moreau