Jake Rosenzweig took his first podium finish in the F3 Euro Series today, following a brilliant weekend for the young American at the Zandvoort Circuit Park in the Netherlands. Following a strong seventh place in race one on Saturday, Rosenzweig lined up second for race two today and drove a stunning race to take third place in only his fourth event in the series. Team mate Brendon Hartley saw his weekend compromised early on by a accident in qualifying, which saw him qualify 20th for race one, but fought back with a 10th place in race one, and eighth in race two despite suffering from a mechanical problem.

Heading on track for qualifying on Friday afternoon, both Carlin drivers had high hopes following promising pace in free qualifying. Any hopes of a strong weekend for Red Bull racer Brendon Hartley were soon dashed however, as the New Zealander clashed with Sam Bird who was warming his tyres, leaving Hartley with severe damage and consequently a 20th placed grid slot. Team mate Rosenzweig was on the pace though, taking by far his best qualifying result of the season in 12th place in his Volkswagen powered Dallara.

At the start of race one on Saturday, both drivers made a good start with Rosenzweig and Hartley moving up to ninth and 16th respectively. A determined Hartley was on the move, quickly passing Matteo Chinosi for 14th place, while Rosenzweig moving up to eighth following a drive through penalty for Roberto Merhi. Despite racing in only his fourth F3 event, Rosenzweig stayed calm under pressure, keeping the experienced Bird behind him and moved up to seventh when Christopher Zanella was penalised for a jump start. Rosenzweig held onto seventh to take home two points, while Hartley confirmed his impressive race pace to finish 10th, having made up 10 places from his starting position.

With the top eight from race one reversed for race two of the weekend, Rosenzweig lined up second for race two today. The young racer coped well with the pressure, making a good start to challenge Bird in the run down to the first corner, although lost out to Henkie Waldschmidt on the first lap. Still running in third place, Rosenzweig was passed by a flying Jules Bianchi, who went on to take his second victory of the weekend.

With Waldschmidt handed a drive through penalty for a jump start, Rosenzweig’s fourth place became third, which the American fought hard to maintain, despite constant pressure from the experienced Christian Vietoris behind. Team mate Hartley meanwhile was suffering with a mechanical problem, but demonstrated great resolve to keep hold of ninth place.

Speaking about his first F3 podium, Rosenzweig said, “I’m so pleased to have taken away two good results and of course to have finished on the podium for the first time in F3. I made a good start today and was running close to Sam [Bird], but had to back off to avoid contact. There was no way I could keep Bianchi behind me; he was just too quick, but I managed to defend from Vietoris who had a look round the outside once but couldn’t pass me. We had really great pace today, so thanks to the team for a good job. It’s a great result for us this weekend; so hopefully we can aim for more podiums in the remainder of the season.”

Team Principal Trevor Carlin added, “Jake has done brilliantly this weekend, he’s taken two solid points finishes and of course his first podium in F3 Euro Series, despite not being very well. He dealt very well with pressure from much more experienced drivers and most importantly his race pace showed than he more than deserved his place on the podium. Congratulations to the engineers as well, who have worked so hard to make improvements since our disappointing pace at the Zandvoort Masters just last month. Brendon’s bad luck seems to have continued in Zandvoort this weekend, but we more than believe he is capable of fighting for wins. Hopefully we can build on our results this weekend and see both drivers regularly finishing among the front runners in the future.”