Jun 13

Half-time review part 2: Carlin, Fortec and Eurointernational hunting the tiles favourites

The perfect point in time for an interim review

FIA Formula 3 European Championship logoIt’s season half-time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, with teams and drivers looking forward to their well-deserved summer-break.

The perfect point in time for an interim review. With a win as well as a second and a third place under his belt, Harry Tincknell (Carlin) holds fourth position, right behind fourth-placed Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam). Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Felix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports) and Jordan King (Carlin) follow in the positions six to eight.

In mid-April, 21-year-old Tincknell gave his team a successful home event by celebrating his first win of the season. By making it to the points in 12 races, the Briton who represents Carlin’s spearhead on the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid delivered in solid style and so, the gap to his compatriot Alex Lynn in the championship adds up to just 3.5 points.

Other than the experienced F3 driver Tincknell, his team-mates Jordan King (Carlin), Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) and Jann Mardenborough (Carlin) contest their debut season in the highly competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 19-year-old Briton King, who advanced from Formula Renault to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, got on well right away and at the Red Bull Ring, he secured his first podium by finishing third. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Canadian Nicholas Latifi also came close to making it to the podium by securing a fifth place. And Jann Mardenborough, who can look back on the most unusual career of all the drivers on the grid, scored five points, to date. Two years ago, the Briton won the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy for motor-sport enthusiast whose motor-racing experience had been limited to computer games, so far. Afterwards, Mardenborough contested just one GT season to then make the courageous step to advance to the planet’s most competitive young-gun series. In addition, he is preparing for his first appearance in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, this year.

The fifth driver representing the Carlin colours is Daniil Kvyat. The Red Bull Junior who hadn’t contested a single Formula 3 race, prior to his debut at Hockenheim, contests the season as guest racer without the right to score points. Nonetheless, the 19-year-old Russian succeeded in shining at the Red Bull Ring with three pole position and two second places in the races.

At Fortec Motorsports, Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports) proved to be the team leader, in the first half of the season. The US-American impressed in particular at the Hockenheimring by finishing runner-up twice. Thanks to having made it to the points seven times, the 20-year-old, who contested the 2012 British Formula 3 Championship as rookie to finish third, currently holds seventh position in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European championship. His team-mate Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports) finished second in the third of the Hockenheim races. In this race, the 22-year-old son of former Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill impressed in particular by passing two rivals at the same time with a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre. Hill who successfully raced in Formula Renault 2.0, last year, holds 10th position with the first half of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship being contested. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Brazilian Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) is still waiting for his first podium. His season highlight so far was the fifth place he secured on the first race weekend of the season, at Monza.

Since the meeting at the Red Bull Ring, Fortec Motorsport’s car ’31 again is in the hands of a European Championship regular. At the beginning of the season, the Dallara was raced by 17-year-old Dmitry Suranovich but after the season kick-off, the Russian had to retire due to health problems. Now, 20-year-old Briton William Buller will drive this Fortec Motorsports single-seater for the remainder of the season.

While both Carlin and Fortec Motorsports are represented on the entry list by four motor-racing hopefuls, Eurointernational fully focuses on Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational). As ’lone wolf’, the 19-year-old Briton – a Red Bull protégé since the beginning of 2013 – came third twice and currently holds sixth position in the championship.

In the coming week, part three of the half-time review will focus on the season to date of the teams ma-con, ThreeBond with T-Sport and URD Rennsport.

source: fiaf3europe.com