The debut race of Andrea Caldarelli in the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series was plagued by technical issues at Hockenheim, Germany. The Italian, driving for French outfit SG Formula, saw his chances to fight at the top of the pack end early, as he started to struggle in practice with suspension problems. After ending up both sessions outside the top-20, in qualifying things went even worse, as another suspension issue forced him to cut his session short and sent him to the back of the pack. After the necessary updates to his Dallara the Italian, part of Toyota’s Driver Program, successfully managed to climb back from 28th to 15th in a spectacular fashion on Race 1. Unfortunately though, a clutch failure permanently ended his weekend in the middle of Race 2.

Andrea Caldarelli said:
“It’s been a weekend to forget, as we started experiencing suspension issues since practice, with the car jumping around way too much. Then, just after getting on-track for qualifying, I realized that it wasn’t going straight, and I came to the pits to find a solution. I could just run a few laps, with wheels locking all the time and without the chance to push realistically hard. On Race 1, we finally managed to improve a little bit, as I fought my way back to the top-15. On Race 2 it could have gone even better, but in the opening laps I started to feel something going wrong with the clutch, that eventually broke not too much later. I hope everything will be sorted out better at Lausitzring…”.