Pau: Erik Janis preview

Erik Janis to race F3 in streets first time Erik Janis is going to race at Pau, France this weekend where takes place the third round of the F3 Euro Series championship. The Mucke Motorsport driver is facing two new challenges. He has never...

Erik Janis to race F3 in streets first time

Erik Janis is going to race at Pau, France this weekend where takes place the third round of the F3 Euro Series championship. The Mucke Motorsport driver is facing two new challenges. He has never raced on the popular street track and it is also his first F3 race on a street track. The young Czech hopes that he will be able at least to hold his second place in the rookie standings and also believes in scoring points.

Only 2760 metres long track "Grand Prix de Pau" is hosting F3 Euro Series event for the third time, previous two visits were in 2004 and 2005. The twisty track saw a success of today's F1 stars. Lewis Hamilton celebrated double three years ago while Robert Kubica finished second the year before.

Pau weekend is the only one in the F3 Euro Series calendar when single-seater youngsters do not race together with DTM. France is going to see nearly thirty F3 cars racing alongside another famous touring car championship -- WTCC. "Grand Prix de Pau" track has similarities with more famous Monaco street track. Both share similar profile and both have rich history. Pau will see 68th edition of the race this weekend.

Erik Janis: "Pau is another big unknown to me. However, I am looking forward to get there. I learned the track once again using the TV footage from previous years and also tried a computer simulator. I like the track from what I have seen. I did really well at Porto street track last year where I raced the IFM single-seater and it was my first ever race on a street track. I really hope to mirror the performance this weekend. We set-up the car for Pau during the test at Oschersleben, so hopefully we have a good base to start with and will just tune it at Pau. Like with every street track, the barriers are very close and every mistake is heavily punished. I can not stall on the grid like last time at Mugello because overtaking is incredibly difficult at Pau. The most important thing is to fully use free practice and nail a perfect lap in the qualifying."

Peter Mucke, Team principal: "It is always very difficult to foresee how the weekend would unfold on tricky tracks like Pau. The track is very unique. It is not easy to master it during the first visit. However, we all hope that Erik will continue his trend of continuous improving in the F3 and will return back with some points."

Races on TV Saturday 14.05 and Sunday 17.05 -- LIVE on Sport5

Saturday and Sunday 19.00 -- DSF (www.dsf.de)

-credit: erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Robert Kubica , Erik Janis , Peter Mucke
Teams Mücke Motorsport