Felipe Nasr and Jazeman Jaafar took a double podium for Carlin this afternoon, in round four of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Series. In a relatively uneventful opening race of the weekend, Nasr and Jaafar finished second and third respectively, just ahead of team Huertas in fourth, while Kevin Magnussen was eighth and Svendsen-Cook tenth. Jack Harvey crossed the line 11th, just out of the points.

Despite setting the quickest lap overall in qualifying this morning, Nasr lined up second on the grid this afternoon, which was set by the drivers’ second quickest time in qualifying. As the lights went out, the Brazilian lost ground to pole sitter Lucas Foresti and third placed man Manasheh Idafar who both led the field into the corner.

Behind Nasr, team mate Jaafar had made a good start from fourth and was close behind while Huertas was fifth. Having crashed early on in qualifying this morning and set just one fast flying lap, Magnussen had it all to do from 14th on the grid. The young Dane was quick to make progress however, and by the end of lap one was already ninth. Behind him, Svendsen-Cook was just out of the points paying positions in 11th while Harvey was 13th.

The order remained unchanged until lap eight, when second placed man Idafar made a mistake at the first corner which ended his race in the tyre wall. That elevated Carlin’s Nasr to second and Jaafar onto the podium, with Huertas now fourth, Magnussen eighth, Svendsen-Cook in the points in tenth and Harvey now 11th.

In contrast to last weekends’ races in Monza, the second half of the race featured little overtaking, with the order remaining unchanged to the chequered flag. Nasr extended his lead in the championship with his fourth consecutive podium, with Jaafar also consolidating his second place in the championship with his third podium so far this season. Today’s race increases the Carlin team’s tally to nine podiums out of 12 so far this season.

Reflecting on his race, second place man Nasr said, “I had an ok start, but it wasn’t great from the dirty side of the grid and unfortunately Idafar managed to get me on the first corner and then he Foresti were putting in some really good laps. They started to pull away and I pushed hard but at the same time I wanted to save my tyres for Monday. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t challenge for the lead, but second place is still a very good result and gives us a lot of points for the championship.”

Team mate Jaafar was happy with his third placed spot, adding, “I made a really good start off the line as did Idafar. I thought I might be able to pass Felipe into the first corner, but I couldn’t overtake him as there wasn’t much space, even though we were almost neck and neck up to turn two, but we gave each other room and he had a better exit.”

On securing his third podium of the season, Jaafar added, “I feel very happy to be on the podium again and very motivated to keep pushing forwards with every race. Every time I’m in the car I feel happy with our set-up and I’m always looking forward to the next opportunity in the car, so I have to say thank you to Petronas for giving me this opportunity this year.”

Racing action will recommence on Easter Monday, with race two at 10.00 local time. With today’s results setting the grid for race two, with the top eight reversed, Kevin Magnussen will line up on pole for the first race on Monday.