DRIVER NEWS: F3 race winner Maro Engel endured a difficult time at the Donington circuit this weekend for rounds three and four in the British F3 Championship. After a dominating performance in the first race of the season, Engel was disappointed to finish seventh in race one and fourth in race two.
The 21 year-old German qualified seventh for race one, and battled with Jonathan Kennard to improve his position further. However, Engel suffered when he lost downforce behind the Double R driver, and was passed by Guerrieri. Engel then defended his position to cross the line seventh and add four points to his championship tally.
A great lap in qualifying for race two put Engel in third for the second race of the day, but an intense battle with team mate Alberto Valerio resulted in Engel just missing out on a podium position and finishing fourth.
Speaking about his weekend, Engel commented, “Despite two solid point scoring positions, I’m disappointed at our performance this weekend. We didn’t seem quite on the pace, and although it looked like I was challenging for pole for race two, I don’t think we were quite fast enough this weekend.
“In race two I had quite an interesting battle with my team mate Alberto Valerio, which unfortunately resulted in me having to taking avoiding action when he spun in front of me. That allowed a number of cars through and I lost track position. After that, my race was quite calm and it was just a question of bringing the car home. I was disappointed not to get on the podium as I had expected more from this weekend.
“We seemed to struggle with the smooth surface here and I didn’t feel I had got the most out of my tyres. This is something we will be looking into before the next race in Bucharest.”