Fifth place for Robert Doornbos in first race F3 Euro Series at Zandvoort (NL) This weekend Circuit Park Zandvoort hosts the eight round of the F3 Euro Series. For Robert Doornbos this is of course the ultimate venue to take revenge for...
Fifth place for Robert Doornbos in first race F3 Euro Series at Zandvoort (NL)
This weekend Circuit Park Zandvoort hosts the eight round of the F3 Euro Series. For Robert Doornbos this is of course the ultimate venue to take revenge for his disappointing performance during the Marlboro Masters of F3 last month. During that event Robert suffered several technical problems, which prevented him from performing on top level. No wonder, he is extremely motivated to turn his luck around for his homecrowd this weekend!
That the F3 Euro Series is an extreme competitive series, was proved by the fact that all drivers qualified themselves within three seconds from pole. The top 16 even qualified within only one second! Robert Doornbos qualified his Dallara Mugen-Honda on a respectable 10th position, after having lead over half the session. Three 'red flag situations' however prevented robert from improving his laptime in the final stages of the session. Robert: "It's pretty close in laptimes here. On my first set of tyres, I could put down some quick laps. After the session was halted as a result of Nico Rosberg's accident, I got somewhat unlucky. My second attempt was interrupted by another code red, and therefore I wasn't able to qualify myself in the top six."
The 16-lap race however brought a satisfying result. After Robert made a brilliant start, he was able to pass 5 competitors before the first corner. The entire race Robert was able to chase Markus Winkelhock for fourth place, but he didn't get a fair chance to overtake because of another safety car-situation. Robert: "I had a good start and moved to the inside line right away. That allowed me to overtake five cars. I was always behind markus, but after the restart I choose to be more careful not to lose my position."
RESULTS RACE 01:
01 Christian Klien, Dallara F3-02 Mercedes, 30:26.609
02 Bruno Spengler, Dallara F3-03 Mercedes, + 01.246
03 Olivier Pla Dallara, F3-03 Mercedes, + 02.984
04 Markus Winkelhock, Dallara F3-02 Mercedes, + 03.854
05 ROBERT DOORNBOS, DALLARA F3-02 MUGEN-HONDA, + 04.459
06 Simon Abadie, Dallara F3-02 Mugen-Honda, + 05.755