Mugello: Erik Janis preview

Erik Janis to taste Mugello first time Italian Mugello hosts the second round of the Euroseries F3 this weekend. Also Erik Janis is going to the colourful Tuscany where is over five kilometres long track placed. The rookie of the Mucke...

Erik Janis to taste Mugello first time

Italian Mugello hosts the second round of the Euroseries F3 this weekend. Also Erik Janis is going to the colourful Tuscany where is over five kilometres long track placed. The rookie of the Mucke Motorsport team is going to taste track for the first time. He had watched carefully the TV footage from the last year before he headed to Italy and he also used a computer game to learn the track. He also worked on his fitness and spent a lot of time in the team's workshop.

The twenty years old driver hopes that he will be able to confirm his position of the leader of the rookie standings. He got the lead thanks to his double finishes at Hockenheim where he was 9th and 10th respectively. It was a good start for the whole Mucke team because Mika Maki won one of the races and leads the overall standings.

Erik Janis worked on the physical preparation during the break between Hockenheim and Mugello and also settled in his flat in Berlin which is located just 15 kilometres from the team's premises. He spent many hours not only in the gym but also in the workshop. He knows his Dallaru F308 Mercedes Benz to the last screw now.

The Mugello circuit (www.mugellocircuit.it), located close to Florence or Pisa, is known especially as the home of the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix but is has also a strong position in the car racing world. The track has host not only the DTM (including previous ITC), F3 Euro Series is part of the DTM racing weekend, but also was the place of the Sports Prototype World Championship, ETCC, FIA GT and the track is also official test track of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team.

Erik Janis: "The racing weekend at Mugello is going to be another novelty for me. I am looking forward to it. The team gave me the footage from the previous F3 races there and I watched it carefully on the TV. I also did some laps in a computer game but the TV footage was more useful. I paid attention especially to the quick corners. Ideal line, use of the kerbs etc. The track is quite a quick one and it should not be a big problem to learn it. Our engineers told me that they had not found the best setup there last year. We hope to do a bit better this time. I would like to repeat the Hockenheim performances or maybe improve a bit. It is very nice that I can live in Berlin, very close to the team's workshop. I have been spending a lot of time there. I enjoy learning more about the single- seaters and even got praise from the mechanics after I had stripped down the gearbox... Staying close to the team is also important for my German. I have been improving the language continuously."

Peter Mucke, Team principal: "Erik has been working in the right direction. He maged to keep improving during all the tests and he also did a step forward during the opening racing weekend at Hockenheimring. I hope that he will reach the top ten again."

Races on TV

MotorsTV
Sunday: 09.45 - 11.50
www.motorstv.com

DSF
Saturday: 18.00
Sunday: 18.00
www.dsf.de

-credit: erik janis

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Erik Janis , Mika Maki , Peter Mucke
Teams Mücke Motorsport