Volkswagen driver Rosenzweig celebrates podium place at Zandvoort Wolfsburg (19 July 2009). Jake Rosenzweig is highly pleased: The American celebrated his first podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro Series; Jean Karl Vernay has defended his third...
Volkswagen driver Rosenzweig celebrates podium place at Zandvoort
Wolfsburg (19 July 2009). Jake Rosenzweig is highly pleased: The American celebrated his first podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro Series; Jean Karl Vernay has defended his third place in the standings. This is the positive tally achieved by Volkswagen in the Formula 3 Euro Series season's seventh and eighth rounds at Zandvoort. Jake Rosenzweig, who contests the major junior series for Team Carlin Motorsport "powered by Volkswagen", captured third place in Sunday's race on the tradition-steeped dune circuit. The result marked the first podium finish in the 20-year-old racer's career in the Formula 3 Euro Series. On Saturday, Jean Karl Vernay barely missed clinching another podium position: The Frenchman from Team Signature saw the chequered flag in fourth place. Vernay came fifth in the weekend's second race, in which the top eight contenders from the previous day start in reverse order, thus defending his third place in the overall standings with these two point-finishes.
For Mika Maki on the other hand the visit to Zandvoort ended in disappointment. The Finn recently finished the Zandvoort Masters at the same venue as the runner-up and started to Saturday's round from fourth place in qualifying. His race was over, though, after a minor starting collision sent him into the gravel trap of the "Tarzanbocht". On Sunday, the driver from Volkswagen's partner team Signature finished a strong recovery from the rear of the field in position 19, after having advanced to 14th place during the race.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"At Zandvoort we proved the capabilities of Volkswagen Power with another podium finish and are happy with the result although we didn't fully exploit all our potential. A minor starting collision between our drivers Vernay and Maki on Saturday cost us points. This can always happen in racing, but shouldn't. Both made everyone forget the incident by delivering fighting performances on Sunday. 'Well done' to Jake Rosenzweig, who celebrated his first podium position."
#4 - Jean Karl Vernay (F) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 3rd place - race 1: 4th place - race 2: 5th place
"We consolidated our third place in the overall standings and scored seven points on the weekend. But considering our qualifying result I'm a little disappointed by the weekend. Third place in qualifying showed that we had more potential. The starting collision on Saturday was my fault and I have to apologise to my team, and especially to Mika Maki, for the incident. On Sunday I fought hard to pass my rival Christian Vietoris but simply wasn't able to find a gap to overtake him. That's more than difficult here at Zandvoort."
#16 - Jake Rosenzweig (USA) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Carlin Motorsport
Qualifying: 4th place - race 1: 7th place - race 2: 3rd place
"My first podium! Of course I'm more than happy with it because I fought hard to clinch it. I was put under a lot of pressure from behind but managed to hold up to it well. Scoring points twice on a weekend for the first time is great. After all, this is my first season in Formula 3 and only my second one in automobile racing. There's still a lot to learn - but hopefully I already broke my duck here. I'm looking forward to the next races at Oschersleben."