THIRD F3 EUROSERIES PODIUM OF SEASON FOR SIMS IN VALENCIA Formula 3 Euroseries ace Alexander Sims secured his third podium finish of the 2010 season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia over the weekend, 22nd/23rd May -- the result helping...
THIRD F3 EUROSERIES PODIUM OF SEASON FOR SIMS IN VALENCIA
Formula 3 Euroseries ace Alexander Sims secured his third podium finish of the 2010 season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia over the weekend, 22nd/23rd May -- the result helping consolidate the Briton's top five championship placing.
Although the weekend proved to be a frustrating one for the MSA Team UK racer, largely due to a lack of pace, he managed to back-up a fine third place finish in round five with a fifth position result during round six. Classified fifth in the driver standings following the Spanish races, Alexander is actually tied on points with fourth placed ART Grand Prix team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Pushing to the limit in qualifying, Alexander was unable to extract the pace he wanted and ended the session with the fourth fastest time. Getting away cleanly at the start of Saturday's fifth round, the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner held fourth place but soon moved into third following a jump-start penalty for front-row qualifier Daniel Juncadella.
Attempting to stay with the two leaders, the Wansford-based driver pushed hard but sensibly reduced his charge at mid-distance after running wide. Wisely choosing to settle for third position and vital championship points, he took the flag some nine seconds clear of his closest pursuer.
Starting race two from sixth on the 'reverse' grid, Alexander lost a couple of places initially after a tricky getaway but moved into seventh after re-passing series leader Edoardo Mortara and gained two further positions when Roberto Merhi and Antonio Felix da Costa collided. All in all a frustrating weekend for Alexander but one in which he kept his championship placing secure.
"We weren't quick enough this weekend, I gave my all and did my best but we just didn't have the pace so that was disappointing", said the 22-year-old, "The first race was pretty processional really, other than (Daniel) Juncadella getting a jump-start penalty. I stayed on the back of the front guys for the first half of the race but almost went off as I pushed so I chose to back off and settle for third.
"I didn't get a fantastic start to race two, (Valtteri) Bottas and (Edoardo) Mortara got past me but I managed to re-take Mortara. We made some changes to the car between races but they made things worse so it certainly wasn't ideal. Obviously I'm pleased to have been on the podium on Saturday but overall it's been a fairly uneventful weekend really."
There is now a six week break in the 2010 F3 Euroseries race calendar with rounds seven and eight of the championship scheduled to take place on 3rd/4th July at the Norisring in Germany.