Andrea Caldarelli rounds 2009 F.3 Euro Series at Hockenheim Andrea Caldarelli faced a tough final race for his 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series season. The Italian, fielded by SG Formula as a part of the Toyota Driver Program, once again shows some ...
Andrea Caldarelli rounds 2009 F.3 Euro Series at Hockenheim
Andrea Caldarelli faced a tough final race for his 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series season. The Italian, fielded by SG Formula as a part of the Toyota Driver Program, once again shows some top-8 potential after the positive results scored at Barcelona and Dijon. Caldarelli lost big part of his chances in Qualifying tough, as he was demoted from 8th to 20th place by the ste- ward due to an interpretation of turn 1's track limits.
On Race 1, Andrea showed great shape, recovering up to the 13th place and setting the record clear for a top-10 finish on Race 2. On Sunday though, his on-track performance was marred by the decision to start on rain tires, and as the track began to dry, he progressively lost position and, in an attempt to keep the pace with other cars, slipped and made contact with the retaining barriers.
"It's been a tough race here at Hockenheim. On Qualifying I was deprived of my best 7 laps due to my line at the first corner, and fell to the back of the pack. From that point on, everything got terribly complicated. I recove- red well on Race 1, climbing up to the 13th spot, but the decision to start on wet tires didn't prove right on Race 2. As the asphalt came dry, I expe- rienced more and more difficulties, and while trying to resist I slipped, hit- ting the barriers.
"This season had really good moments, like the podium scored at Barcelona, as well as many bad ones. It was mi first F.3 Euro Series season, and the second for the team, so we paid the price of inexperience. I'm real- ly satisfied we managed to overturn a difficult starting situation, and that's definitely a good ending for my 2009 season."