A mechanical problem frustrated the pace of Brendon Hartley in Sunday’s second race of the European Formula 3 Championship at Zandvoort in Holland
The New Zealander was well off the pace and struggled to finish in eighth place after starting from tenth in the longer race.
“I just had no pace and right now we don’t understand what the issue is with the car. I was right there during Friday testing, setting lap times in the top three; but something is not right because we were 1.5 sec down in the second race,” said Hartley.
“I lost sixth gear during the race and that will have cost me time, although maybe there is something more. I need to stay confident but this is pretty stressful”
Hartley’s Red Bull car started the Saturday race from a lowly 19th on the grid after being hit by a wayward Sam Bird’s car during the 30 minute grid qualifying session. The Englishman misjudged his weaving to warm the tyres; and the collision damaged Hartley’s suspension.
Adding to Hartley’s confusion, his Carlin Motorsport team mate Jake Rosenzweig had his best result ever, finishing on the podium with a solid third placing. The American rookie has trailed behind Hartley’s times at the three previous Euro meetings in 2009 yet at Zandvoort on Sunday Rosenzweig’s car was over half a second faster than Hartley.
“Something’s not right, we were on the pace on Friday and now my car is around 1.5 sec off the front runners.”
Euro Series championship leader Jules Bianchi completed a dominant display at Zandvoort by taking his second win of the weekend on Sunday morning.
The ART driver completed the double despite having to start the ‘top eight reverse-grid’ race from eighth place. He made his way up to fourth with a strong start, then moved up to third by passing Rosenzweig, and took second when Henkie Waldschmidt served a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.
Bianchi reeled in race leader Sam Bird at more than a second a lap and, after several laps pressuring the leader, he eventually sneaked through at the first corner when Bird ran slightly wide with seven laps to go.
After that, Bianchi streaked into the distance, eventually finishing more than six seconds clear of Bird, who took second ahead of Carlin Motorsport's Rosenzweig. The American backed up his first points finish from Saturday with another good performance, sustaining pressure from the experienced Christian Vietoris for most of the race.
Bianchi is the first driver to win both races on the track in a weekend since the Euro Series adopted the reversed-grid format for the 2006 season. That year, Sebastian Vettel was credited with both wins at the Nurburgring, but that was only after race two winner Paul di Resta was handed a time penalty after the race.
Euro Formula 3 Championship – Zandvoort Race 2
1. Jules Bianchi ART D/M 40m34.182s
2. Sam Bird Mucke D/M +6.205
3. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin D/V +7.575
4. Christian Vietoris Mucke D/M +7.918
5. Jean-Karl Vernay Signature D/V +8.632
6. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M +9.455
7. Esteban Gutierrez ART D/M +13.068
8. Brendon Hartley Carlin D/V +22.100
9. Alexander Sims Mucke D/M +24.420
10. Marco Wittmann Mucke D/M +25.619
11. Roberto Merhi Manor D/M +27.108
12. Stefano Coletti Prema D/M +35.638
13. Cesar Ramos Manor D/M +53.965
14. Pedro Nunes Manor D/M +54.469
15. Nick Tandy Kolles D/V +56.288
16. Christopher Zanella Motopark D/M +56.567
17. Henkie Waldschmidt SG D/M +58.175
18. Basil Shaaban Prema D/M +58.948
19. Mika Maki Signature D/V +59.430
20. Johnny Cecotto Jr HBR D/M +1:28.086
21. Andrea Caldarelli SG D/M +1 lap
22. Tiago Geronimi Signature D/V +2 laps
23. Matteo Chinosi Prema D/M +4 laps