Zandvoort: Johan Jokinen preview

This weekend Team Kolles driver Johan Jokinen will start his third Formula 3 Euroseries weekend at the Dutch Zandvoort track, starring in race seven and eight of the season. Friday will hold the test sessions and qualification, Saturday race seven...

This weekend Team Kolles driver Johan Jokinen will start his third Formula 3 Euroseries weekend at the Dutch Zandvoort track, starring in race seven and eight of the season. Friday will hold the test sessions and qualification, Saturday race seven and Sunday race eight.

Johan and the team will focus on getting maximum results out of this round, as the last race weekend at Norisring wasn't much to build on. Mainly due to the mass collision at the start of race one, which halted any test of the latest setup changes.

The weather will be an important player at Zandvoort, rain being predicted for both Saturday and Sunday. This will however not be a problem for Johan, as he is very confident in the wet element.

"Zandvoort is a great track. I have fond memories from my Formula Renault days. I enjoy racing at the track, it has a lot of fast corners and challenging braking zones. The other guys in the field recently raced their F3 cars here in the Masters, but we are in the process of developing the car and the team. So we will have to be very systematic in our approach."

"I am so extremely proud of my mechanics at Team Kolles. They never seem to stop working, and they are incredible. My engineers always seem to analyze data; fully concentrated looking at the curves and numbers."

"We are following a plan, and the F3 Euroseries effort is an ongoing project. We will try to speed up the development of both team and drivers. But we must evolve together, these things take time. I am confident, that we will begin to reap the results in the second part of the season."

Vacation is not a word which computes very well in the world of Johan Jokinen. Although the race calendar held a short summer break; instead of going to the beach the young Dane has worked his way through a complex training scheme, often involving 7 hours of training every day.

"Training is my life," Jokinen reveals. "I love putting together new schemes, combining both mental and physical runs. When I started racing in the Formula 3 car, I wasn't really affected much by the G-forces in the new car. A great experience for me, although it didn't seem to halt my efforts to work out. Thankfully I have picked up mental training as well, or else I might not fit in the car one day!"

Living in Italy means living close to the Formula Medicine professional driver training centre, which means easy access to the latest training devices. But the most important training devices are the steep and hilly roads surrounding Viareggio in the Southern Italy.

"I am really looking forward to get into the car again, I simply can't wait. We are learning all the time, but make no mistake. We are here to stay, and we are here to fight our way to the front!"

-credit: johanjokinen.com

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Johan Jokinen