QUAIFE-HOBBS TOP ROOKIE AT HOCKENHEIM Adrian Quaife-Hobbs finished top rookie in just his third Formula 3 race when he took fifth place in the opening race of the F3 Euroseries at Hockenheim on Sunday. The 19 year-old gained half a second from...
QUAIFE-HOBBS TOP ROOKIE AT HOCKENHEIM
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs finished top rookie in just his third Formula 3 race when he took fifth place in the opening race of the F3 Euroseries at Hockenheim on Sunday. The 19 year-old gained half a second from the three-hour official test on Friday, to post the seventh quickest time in qualifying, earning him a fourth row start for race one.
However an over-heating clutch, causing too much wheelspin, slowed his getaway off the line and dropping him down slightly. A great recovery though allowed him to move back up through the order and into fifth place, consistently on the pace of the leaders as he finished first rookie home.
With the top eight reversed for race two, Adrian lined up fourth and a great start at the lights allowed him to take a good position into the first corner. However as the field entered the hairpin, a car on the inside of Adrian touched his wheel and forced the Tonbridge racer wide dropping him down the order.
A sterling recovery allowed Adrian to gain places over the course of the race quickly closing on to the back of sixth-placed Jim Pla. Making a move to take the place though the Motopark Academy driver spun although he managed to keep the car going to take seventh at the flag.
"Testing started off well but after more rubber was laid down we ended up more than a second off the pace," said Adrian. "For qualifying the team did a great job and made some major improvements to the car which gained us half a second.
"In the opening race the clutch started overheating on the warm-up lap and at the start I got too much wheel spin. However I had a good opening lap and was able to hold on to the lead quartet as we had good pace and I was able to push to the flag.
"Race two started off well, I got a good start but at the hairpin, another car came up the inside of me and touched my wheel which pushed me off line and down the order. Overall though I think we've made good progress from Paul Ricard and closed the gap to the leaders. We need to keep pushing forward now ready for the next rounds in Spain."
Adrian will return to racing action in the next double header rounds of the series which take place at Valencia, Spain over the weekend of 22/23 May.