DRIVER NEWS: Maro Engel heads to Italy this week for rounds nine and ten in the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series. The 21 year-old British F3 race winner recorded two points paying positions last time out at Snetterton, finishing seventh in race one and just off the podium in fourth in race two.
Engel is one of only four drivers to have won a race so far this season and is confident about his prospects in Italy after a successful test at the Snetterton circuit last week. We ran a low down force set up, similar to that which we will use in Monza. It was a good test from a team perspective, the four Carlin drivers were within about 0.4 of a second of each other and we were at the top of the timesheets throughout the day, so we’re looking strong. The car felt very good and I’m confident that we will be back on the podium this weekend.
I’ve raced at Monza once before in 2005 in Italian F3000. It’s a great track and like everyone else in the championship, I’m very happy that British F3 is returning to such a famous and historic circuit.
It’s quite a unique track with long straights and a couple of tight chicanes. Hopefully this time the weather will be good, typically whenever British F3 goes abroad it rains! With only one practice session before qualifying it will be important to be on the pace quite quickly, but that will be the same for all the drivers.
Unlike the other rounds of the British F3 championship, the drivers will not take to the track until Saturday morning, when Engel will complete one practice session before qualifying for race one.
A 45 minute free practice session will commence at 10.30 local time on Saturday, followed by qualifying for race one at 15.15 and qualifying two at17.30. Racing will commence at 10.00 local time on Sunday and again at 18.00 for race two.