Robert Doornbos A-1 Ring race notes

Robert Doornbos to defend and cement his position in the driver classification; the Dutch in the point zone, again. The Austrian A1Ring circuit hosted the 7th appointment of the F3 Euro Series. Last week Robert made his debut in the British...

Robert Doornbos to defend and cement his position in the driver classification; the Dutch in the point zone, again.

The Austrian A1Ring circuit hosted the 7th appointment of the F3 Euro Series. Last week Robert made his debut in the British F3 championship on the demanding and fascinating circuit of Spa-Francorchamps with Team Menu Motorsport. Doornbos took the wheel of the Dallara-Opel and stood in for the injured Rob Austin. During the entire weekend race Robert put in a brilliant performances: 2nd and 4th position in free practice and an unforgettable POLE position for race2; the first ever pole of both the Dutch guy and Team Menu.

In bright sunshine "Bos" (as Robert is called from his friends) suffered some set up problems and could not qualify, for Race1, his team Ghinzani Dallara-Mugen #16 in a better position than the 16th he obtained. It was a tough qualifying session for Robert as he continuously suffered of understeering, then the session was interrupted by red flag so he was not able to improve his quickest lap time. Starting from 16th position on the grid, Robert managed to get a quick start and passed a lot of competitors even if he continued to feel understeering (and also oversteering, this time). Despite of this, Bos pushed hard for all the 19 laps "It was a demanding day, today. Qualifying for race1 were difficult as I had understeering on my car; unfortunately we did not improve my car for the race so it was a tough race! Anyway I could pass some drivers and finish close to the point zone", said Robert.

Race2 provided to a better result to Robert Doornbos. He grabbed an 11th place with a best time of 1:27.964. "We could do better," admitted Bos "For sure I was happier last week, when I had the pole position.. My car was good with old tyres, but as I changed them with new ones I begun to suffer understeering. Normally in the last fast lap it is easier to set the quickest time, but I could sign mine only at the penultimate. At the end of the session someone spun in front of me and brought a lot of dirty on the track, so I spun too. I think we should improve of half a second if we want to fight for first position". Though the hard-charging Dutchman had serious problems with the handling of his car, he was still able to put down quickest lap times from start to finish. "I had serious car handling problems all weekend and my car was terrible to drive during the first laps. Lucky for me, fellow Dutchman Charles Zwolsman spun off the track in the final stage of the race, handling me al least one championship point to take home". Robert, Bos, was one of the few drivers to crack the limit of 1:28.000 in the race, by clocking a fastest time of 1:27.840.

RACE 1: Robert Doornbos position 10 (qualified 16th)

Briscoe, Premat, Spengler, Winkelhock, Klien, Carroll, Zwolsmann, Rosberg, Zuber, Doornbos, Kubica, Glock, Auinger,,--29 Parente

RACE 2: Robert Doornbos position 8 (qualified 11th) - 1 point

Briscoe, Premat, Rosberg, Pla, Klien,Winkelhock, Spengler, Doornbos, Glock, Lapierre, Auinger,--28 Lietz..

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Rob Austin , Robert Doornbos , Charles Zwolsman