Andrea Caldarelli had to face another tough challenge at Zandvoort, in the fourth round of the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series. On the Dutch track though, the Italian, part of the Toyota Driver Program, and SG Formula showed further improvements, finally clinching a top-10 spot after the disappointing outings encountered at Hockenheim, Lausitzring e Norisring. “Not bad at all – tells Caldarelli – the top-10 was our goal and we made it. You have to be patient to improve and keep your focus steady”.

Unfortunately, Race 1 brought him to an early stop that conditioned the chance to score points also in the second race of the weekend. “I was caught in a contact between Geronimi and Maki, ending up with a bent suspension that cost me a lot of time in the pits. As we replaced it, there was time just for a couple of laps. At that point, we elected to start Race 2 from the pits and take it like a test, in order to evaluate the car’s true potential”.

In the end, marks were positive for Caldarelli, as he kept the fastest lap until midpoint and showed to have the same pace of the leading pack. As the series approaches the next round at Oschersleben, Andrea will try to take another step forward. “We have to stay calm and concentrated. We’ll come to Oschersleben with some new solutions, and we’ll have two and a half hours to learn the track and continue the car’s development”.