Norisring: Sam Bird practice report

Sam Bird and Mika Maki equally fast 26.06.2009 - Sam Bird (Mucke Motorsport, 0:49.371 minutes) and Mika Maki (Signature, 0:49.371 minutes) succeeded in setting exactly identical lap times in free practice of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the ...

Sam Bird and Mika Maki equally fast

26.06.2009 - Sam Bird (Mucke Motorsport, 0:49.371 minutes) and Mika Maki (Signature, 0:49.371 minutes) succeeded in setting exactly identical lap times in free practice of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the Norisring. As Bird did so before Maki, the Briton claimed first place. Third position went to the best rookie, Alexander Sims (Mucke Motorsport, 0:49.438 minutes) ahead of Jean Karl Vernay (Signature, 0:49.523 minutes), who ended up fourth.

Bird already set his fastest time close to the halfway mark, while Maki only came to the fore in the final second. His final attack first brought him up into third place and when the chequered flag was out, he moved up into second. Particularly remarkable: both youngsters drove exactly identical lap times to the thousandth of a second. "For me, this year is completely different from last year, because now I know the track. When I arrived here, I wasn't quite sure whether I liked the circuit or not. But my engineer kept telling me over the radio: 'You like the track, you like the track', so I almost start believing it", Bird grinned. "Being in front at such an important event is nice, but so far, it is only free practice. I think that qualifying will not be easy, but I will do my best."

-credit: sam bird

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Sam Bird , Mika Maki , Jean-Karl Vernay , Alexander Sims
Teams Mücke Motorsport