The penultimate round of the FIA F3 Championship takes place this weekend at Monza and like everyone else, the Red Bull Juniors travelled to Italy with the sad thoughts of Spa’s tragedy still very much in their minds.
As they must, Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda and Jüri Vips will apply themselves to the task at hand along with the rest of the paddock.
Vips to improve
The Belgian round did not provide the results that the 19-year-old Estonian was looking for. “We are looking for a much better weekend than at Spa. We have ideas about what went wrong and what we are going to do here. We have things to try on the car and I certainly made some mistakes that could have been avoided so we are all in this for better results and more points.”
“I very much like Monza as a circuit, it’s a special feeling driving here, it’s a bit weird, hard to describe, all the trees next to the track, the history, a special atmosphere, it is certainly different to anywhere else.”
“Like Spa it is a high speed track so the set-up is quite similar, I think everyone will be running a bit less wing looking for that extra speed but it is not so different to Francorchamps,” explained the Hitech Grand Prix driver.
Lawson to find answers
“I’ve never been here before, it is one of the few new tracks for me this season,” explained the 17-year-old New Zealander. “So Free Practice will be all about learning the track. I have done a lot of sim work but that is never quite the same.”
“It’s great to be at such a historic track but honestly after the disappointment of last weekend I’ve just got to treat it like another race. We need to improve. We don’t need to make amazing changes but we really need a step forward. We are still a bit unsure where things went wrong at Spa.”
“It’s another fast circuit, Qualifying will be important so I can see it will be like Spa, a mad dash at the start of Qualifying, 30 cars all battling for position, scrapping for a place behind about 5 quick cars to pick up the slipstream,” stated the MP Motorsport driver.
Tsunoda to be in the top three
The 19-year-old Japanese driver was on the pace all weekend at Spa and finished second in Race 2 in the Jenzer Motorsport car so is determined to carry that forward.
“This is another track where I have not raced before so I have a lot of work to do. Looking at the forecast things could be complicated by the weather, it is due to change through the weekend so that might be quite tricky,” explained the Honda Formula Dream Project driver.
“I know I have to concentrate on Qualifying, that is still where I need
to improve. I am aiming for top three finishes this weekend and that
will start with the grid position. Honestly I am not thinking about race
pace at the moment, that has been quite good all year and it is still
the priority to improve Qualifying.”
Monza weekend schedule – all times Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Friday 6th September
09:35 – Practice (45 minutes)
17:50 – Qualifying (30 minutes)
Saturday 7th September
10:30 – Race 1 (22 laps) (8:30pm NZ time Saturday)
Sunday 8th September
09:30 – Race 2 (22 laps) (7:30pm NZ time Sunday)