Podium for Johan Jokinen at Hockenheim after a somewhat problematic weekend 17-year-old Dane Johan Jokinen made it to the podium in the second race of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 at Hockenheim last Sunday, and is now 3rd overall. Jokinen was...
Podium for Johan Jokinen at Hockenheim after a somewhat problematic weekend
17-year-old Dane Johan Jokinen made it to the podium in the second race of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 at Hockenheim last Sunday, and is now 3rd overall.
Jokinen was set for a flying start at the season's first race in the series after the fastest lap in the free practice, and had qualified for P4 for the Saturday's race and P2 for the second race on Sunday. Finnish Valtteri Bottas was quickest in both qualifications - as he was throughout the weekend.
Jokinen started race 1 from 4th position but after a good start had big problems with heavy understeering. The slightly disappointed driver crossed the finishing line in 6th position which after all gave some good points for the championship.
"Naturally I am disappointed at not getting to the podium in the first race, having started the weekend so well, but I'm still very happy with the points I've collected today, considering how difficult it was for me on the track," says Johan. "I suffered under the heavy understeering out there and decided to save the tyres for the Sunday's race while still trying to collect as many points as possible."
For the 2nd race the set-up of the car had been radically changed - and Johan started from 2nd position. But this time the dream of a podium position nearly died on the starting grid, as the engine stalled when the red lights went out. Johan managed to restart the engine and started rolling only after the first 19 cars had passed him, and he began to hunt the cars in front of him. This time the car ran without problems and on the first lap he advanced 6-7 places, and more spectacular overtaking took place during the next 18 laps - which brought him to an impressing 3rd position at the chequered flag.
"I haven't had so much fun in a race for a very long time. Despite my stalling the car at the starting line it was a fantastic race! The changes the team had made to the car were spot-on and the car ran beautifully - I can't thank my team (Motopark Academy) enough for doing such a great job, they deserve all the credit for making my job on the track so easy."
"Valtteri Bottas was untouchable in Hockenheim this weekend, and at the same time I have never felt totally "at home" on this track. We knew that Valtteri is an ace at Hockenheim, and again it was just two out of the season's 16 races - but with the shape I'm in at present, I feel confident that the victories will come."
The next two races in the series are run at the end of May at Zandvoort in The Netherlands. Video extracts from the races can be watched on www.raceworld.tv.