One week after the Marlboro Masters, 2003 edition, that saw the Official Marlboro driver Robert Doornbos suffering misfortune with an engine and a driveshaft broken in his "home track", Team Ghinzani driver has taken again the wheel of his ...
One week after the Marlboro Masters, 2003 edition, that saw the Official Marlboro driver Robert Doornbos suffering misfortune with an engine and a driveshaft broken in his "home track", Team Ghinzani driver has taken again the wheel of his Dallara-Mugen #16, at Nurburgring, for the 6th round of the championship F3 Euro Series.
On the German F1 circuit, Robert was able to put into practice a strong performance. Starting from 8th position (1:23.956), alongside to Robert Kubica and in front of Carbone and championship leader Briscoe, Robert drove a brilliant Race1 in order to take the chequered flag in 3rd position, to get the podium and to seek 6 points in the drivers classification. After a spirited start Robert was able to profit by a collision occurred at the first corner to Rosberg and Klien, and jumped up on a 3rd place. Robert clocked up 19 laps with a faultless driving, pushing his Ghinzani -- Dallara to the limit on every lap. "It is really a good result to get another podium! In qualifying for Race1 we changed the set up that we had in the first qualifying session (for race2), and we used the setup we had in Hockenheim. I feelt more confident with these modifications: suspensions were harder and the car faster. When I saw Klien, Rosberg and then Briscoe out I push as much as I could and I tried not to committ any mistake. I knew that I could reach the podium and 6 points are very important for me and my team".
In Race2 Robert Doornbos suffered start line set back that lost him any real chance of a podium finish. Friday qualifying session determined the line up for Sunday's race and Robert was out in 20th place and so the start was crucial. Robert's race finished after 3 only laps when he was forced to retire with a damaged suspension after having been hit. "I had a regular start when the lights turned green and I was able to overtake some cars at the end of the first corner" -- said Robert -- "Then someone hit me. I continued my race but at lap 3 I had to stop because my car was badly damaged and was difficult to drive. I'm disappointed with this situation because I had a good feeling today after my podium finish, yesterday. In any case the car is good and now it is well balanced so I'm confident for the next rounds in A1 Ring".