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2012 British Formula Three Champions Carlin will be taking a total of six cars to the prestigious 59th Macau Grand Prix next month. Carlin will take the two most recent British F3 champions in the form of Jack Harvey and Felipe Nasr, and race winning F3 drivers Carlos Sainz Jnr and William Buller. Completing the team’s largest ever showing at the blue riband event will be GP3 front runners Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt.

Making his racing debut at Macau this year will be newly crowned British F3 champion Harvey, who sealed the 2012 title following an impressive double victory at Donington last month. The Racing Steps backed driver will be looking to carry the momentum from his season into the 59th edition of the Grand Prix.

“It’s great to go to Macau as the British F3 Champion,” says Harvey. “I went last year with Carlin to experience the atmosphere however I wasn’t racing so I can’t wait to get in the car this year. It’s possibly one of the biggest and most important one off races we see on the single seater calendar so to be able to go there as the most recent British F3 Champion means a lot to me. To take the win on my first visit would be extremely tough however I’m going to be pushing hard to finish my season on a high!”

Harvey’s team mate Sainz Jnr will race with Carlin in Macau for the first time in November, although the 18 year-old Spaniard raced on the challenging street circuit with another team in 2011. The Red Bull Junior, who has seen an initially promising season plagued with bad luck and incidents, is aiming to get back to his race winning ways and show his potential in Macau this year.

Sainz’s Formula 3 Euro Series team mate Buller is also Macau bound with Carlin. The Northern Irishman, who has been a race winner in both F3 and GP3 this season will be making his third visit, and is aiming to improve on sixth place in last year’s incident strewn race.

Making a return to Carlin’s F3 squad will be 2011 British F3 champion Nasr, who finished second in both last year’s Qualifying Race and Macau Grand Prix last year. Despite having moved up to GP2 this season, the Brazilian racer still feels there is unfinished business around the Guia circuit.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Macau with Carlin,” said Nasr. “We were quick last year so I’m very excited to be joining the team again for this race. It’s going to be a challenge for me after a year of GP2 where the cars are more powerful and will probably take a little while to get used to but I’m really looking forward to it because it’s such a special race.

“Winning at Macau has been a goal of mine since the start of my career so I’m going to push hard for this race and go for the win!”

Also in the mix in the Volkswagen powered Carlin Dallaras will be GP3 front runners da Costa and Abt. Both drivers have raced wheel to wheel this season, with da Costa challenging for the GP3 title with Carlin, and Abt creating a thrilling season finale to finish just two points shy of eventual champion Mitch Evans. Both drivers have shown fantastic ability this season to lead from the front and fight their way through the field, which could be important in the typically incident packed Macau street races. Both drivers have experience of Macau, with da Costa suffering the misfortune of a broken first gear after qualifying second for last year’s event.

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is an extremely important event on the motorsport calendar and one that is fondly remembered by all drivers who have competed there. With only the new 2012 F3 cars eligible for entry into Macau this year, it was more important than ever to support the event with a strong line-up to allow it continue as a highlight of junior motorsport for many years to come. With our 2012 team we have one of our best line-ups ever and the potential to produce a classic Macau Grand Prix.”

Davide ValsecchiTwo podiums in two races as well as a spectacular accident on Sunday left DAMS with mixed emotions this weekend. However, the French team quits Sepang leading the teams’ championship while Davide Valsecchi and Felipe Nasr are second and fifth in the drivers’ ratings.

After his stunning pole the Italian fluffed his start in the first race handing victory to Luiz Razia. Davide was the quickest driver on the track as proved by his fastest lap in the race, and his second place augurs well for the future. Felipe Nasr made a brilliant debut rewarded by sixth place in the opening race among much more experienced GP2 drivers.

The Brazilian rookie showed it was no fluke in the sprint race on Sunday morning by taking a brilliant third place after a solid race. On the other hand, it was a nightmare for Valsecchi. On lap 13 he was harpooned by Marcus Ericsson and his car rolled. Luckily, he got out unscathed. Despite the loss of points in this incident, the result of the first weekend of the 2012 GP2 championship is positive as the cars and its drivers were very competitive throughout the weekend.

Jean-Paul Driot, CEO: “I’d like to congratulate the whole team for the excellent work this weekend. Pole position, podiums for Davide and Felipe on his first weekend in GP2. It’s obvious that in terms of performance the car, the team and the drivers all have what it takes. With just a little more help from Lady Luck, victory will come very soon – let’s hope in the next race!”

Davide Valsecchi: “My accident the second race is a real pity. But we know the car’s quick. I’m still frustrated at letting victory slip through my grasp in the first heat. It was my fault as I fluffed my start. The whole team deserved it and I hope to make amends at the next round in Bahrain.”

Felipe Nasr: “I’m really pleased with my first podium finish on my maiden GP2 appearance. It feels great! It rewards the work of the team whom I’d like to thank. We’ve got great potential and we’re working in the right direction. I hope this podium will be followed by many others.”

Photo by Alastair Staley / GP2 Series Media Service.

Felipe Nasr took a stunning second place for Carlin in today’s Qualification race ahead of the 58th Macau Grand Prix, despite race long pressure from third placed man Roberto Merhi. Carlos Huertas made it two Carlin cars in the top five, while Jazeman Jaafar finished 17th, with Kevin Magnussen 19th from the back row of the grid.

Following rain earlier on in the week, conditions remained dry for the start of today’s Qualification Race, for the ten lap sprint around the challenging Macau circuit. Nasr made the perfect start from fifth on the grid and benefitted from the stalled car of front row man Antonio Felix da Costa to catapult into second place. Huertas also made a good start and briefly climbed to fourth, before settling for fifth at the end of lap one.

Jaafar lost out in the chaotic mid field at the start and dropped to 24th, while Magnussen had already made up several places in 22nd having started 29th.

At the front Nasr was chasing down race leader Marco Wittmann, but had the charging Roberto Merhi right behind him by the end of lap two. Nasr held station though and coped well with the pressure to keep the F3 Euro Series champion behind him.

Huertas was also enjoying some close racing and had closed in on GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas for fourth, and by lap five was close enough to put the Finn under intense pressure. Nasr meanwhile had responded well to the pace from behind and set the fastest lap of the race so far on lap five.

Facing a completely different battle was Magnussen, who had demonstrated pace good enough to qualify seventh, but was fighting his way through the field following a grid penalty. The British F3 vice champion was 20th, just ahead of Jaafar in 21st.

After managing to pull out a small gap, Nasr was under pressure again from Merhi, who set the fastest lap of the race on lap eight, while behind them the pack continued to shuffle with Jaafar moving up to 18th ahead of Magnussen in 19th.

Attention remained firmly focused on the leaders though, as the British and F3 Euro champions Nasr and Merhi fought closely for second. Merhi made a move up the inside at Lisboa on lap eight, but Nasr defended well and maintained position.

A big accident for Jimmy Eriksson brought racing action to a halt on lap nine. The driver climbed from the car unhurt but the incident brought out the safety car. With debris strewn across the track, the race finished under those conditions, with Nasr taking second in his Volkswagen powered car, with Huertas fifth. Jaafar crossed the line in 17th, with Magnussen 19th, the positions the Carlin quartet will take on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Reflecting on a tense afternoon, Nasr said, “From the start I got two places straight away, after Sims crashed and da Costa stalled. I was third into the first corner and managed to get a good tow from Bottas and we were three wide into Lisboa. I was in the middle so I didn’t have the right line to come out first and I was cautious not to make contact. I managed to come out in second though and then I just focused on keeping the car out of the walls so we could have a good position for tomorrow.

“Both Wittmann and Merhi were very quick; Wittmann had a strong car in the middle sector, but I was fast in the final sector and was able to close on him there and pull away from Merhi a little. I think we need to look at the data to see how we can improve further so we are even strong tomorrow, but second place is a great position to start from in Macau.”

Fifth placed man Huertas was also pleased with his race, “I was distracted at the start by da Costa stalling, which is how Merhi got past me, but my pace was really good, especially in the early stages. I nearly got past Bottas, but I didn’t want to do anything stupid. I think the pace between the front runners was very close today. We improved the car a lot from qualifying and we will try and do the same before tomorrow. Anything can happen around here and I’m in a good position to take a top result tomorrow.”

Trevor Carlin added, “Felipe did a fantastic job today. He made a great start; striking the balance between being aggressive and not risking too much. He withstood the pressure from Merhi extremely well and deserved to be on the podium today. To have two cars in the top five today is a great result for the team, following an impressive race by Carlos. It was a difficult task for Jazeman and Kevin today, but they both brought the cars home in one piece. Obviously tomorrow the drivers will have a completely different approach, and I’m sure we’ll see considerably less caution and more incidents! Nevertheless Felipe and Carlos have shown that we have a good car here, so we’re feeling confident.”

Tomorrow’s race will take place at 15.30 local time (07.30 GMT).

British F3 Champions Carlin have announced that they will be taking four drivers to the prestigious 58th Macau Grand Prix next month. Newly crowned British Formula Three champion Felipe Nasr will be making his second appearance at the famous event. Joining him will be Carlos Huertas and Jazeman Jaafar who both tackled the street circuit last year and Macau rookie Kevin Magnussen. All four drivers have had a successful year in British F3 with Carlin.

Nasr won the 2011 British F3 title with races to spare, the 19 year old quickly took the lead in the championship after a consistent start to his season, taking seven wins and 14 podiums so far this season. The young Brazilian stamped his dominance on the championship and stayed at the top throughout, carefully building a points gap over the rest of the field.

Nasr will have a challenge on his hands at the street circuit in the form of his British F3 team mates. Colombian Carlos Huertas finished in a strong tenth position on his first visit to the 3.8 mile circuit last year. The 20 year old has already taken seven podiums in the British Formula Three Championship and is currently lying second overall.

Jazeman Jaafar will also be representing the team; the young Malaysian drove for Carlin last year in the Chinese enclave and crossed the line twelfth. His 2011 BF3 campaign has seen him walk away with four podiums to date. As his only race on his home continent, the Petronas backed driver will have high hopes ahead of this year’s event.

Making his Macau debut this year will be 19 year old Kevin Magnussen. The Dane is the youngest in the Carlin line-up and goes into this race after a successful season which provided him with six wins and sees him currently lying third in the championship. His all or nothing racing approach should provide some great action around Macau.

Having enjoyed a hugely successful British Formula Three campaign in which he became champion Felipe Nasr said, “Macau is a hugely important race on the F3 calendar and it’s a very special feeling to be able to participate with Carlin. I know the team extremely well, and I know we have a great car – I feel as though we can be right up there.

“Having won the British F3 title I feel super confident and can’t wait to go to Macau and it would really round off a great season if we do really well there.”

Kevin Magnussen heads to Macau for the first time this year, looking ahead to the event he said, “Having never been there before I don’t know what to expect. I’ve been told it’s the best track in the world – and it really does look amazing! I think it will be a great challenge for me and knowing that Carlin have had great results here in the past makes me think we can definitely be right up there.”

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is a highlight of the season for us and this year we go with a fantastic driver line-up. Felipe, Carlos and Jazeman all have previous experience of Macau, while Kevin is just the right type of driver to be able attack Macau at the maximum level from the outset. It is one of the most challenging events of a drivers’ career and a proving ground for the teams as well, so we can’t wait for the event to get underway.”

Felipe Nasr - Snetterton 300Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series championship leader Felipe Nasr continues to hold a tight grip at the head of the driver standings following the conclusion of the third event of the season at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Sunday (15 May).

Off the back of a strong second place finish in round seven on Saturday, his sixth podium of 2011, the 18-year-old Brazilian had a less straightforward time on day two with matters out of his control working against him in round nine. Even so, the Carlin driver remains well clear of his rivals in the title race – 43 points to be exact. He also posted a new outright circuit lap record in round nine.

Lining up ninth on the ‘reverse grid’ for the round eight sprint race, by virtue of finishing second in Saturday’s encounter, Felipe made a superb start and by the time he exited only the fourth turn, Agostini, he was up into the top six.

Running eighth as he entered turn three, Felipe produced a stunning piece of overtaking to pass two cars in one move on the run to Agostini to grab sixth place. No additional gains were possible for the duration of the 11-lapper though with further passing at a premium on the 2.97-mile track.

Starting the longer 40-minute ninth round from pole position, having dominated qualifying, Felipe made a sensational getaway to lead comfortably through the first corner, Riches. As on Saturday though, his early advantage was eroded when the Safety Car was deployed in time for lap two due to a start-line incident which accounted for two cars.

At the re-start on lap four, Felipe’s planned break was compromised when he had to back-off to avoid catching the Safety Car at the final turn. This gave Kevin Magnussen the opportunity to get a great tow along Senna Straight and there was nothing Felipe could do to prevent the pass.

Running in second place and intent on re-challenging the new leader, Felipe suddenly started to lose pace and it eventually became clear a slow puncture to his right-front tyre was the problem. Having lost a number of positions, the South American teenager pitted at the end of his 13th lap.

Rejoining a long way down the order, further insult was added to injury when race officials decreed he contravened the rules at the re-start. Shortly after he put the power down to make his break, the Safety Car slowed at the last corner and Felipe felt he had no choice but to back off – sufficient for him to receive a drive-through penalty.

After serving the penalty, Felipe displayed impeccable character and set about salvaging as much as he could from the race – in this instance the bonus point for the fastest lap. Posting quicker and quicker times during the final third of the race, he set a new outright record for the circuit with a time of 1m39.933 seconds (106.95mph) – a full 0.5 seconds quicker than anyone. He finished 17th.

“Going for the fastest lap was as much as I could do”, said Felipe, “We’re still not sure what caused the puncture but there was a problem with the sidewall – we’re still looking into it. Anyway, we showed this weekend we’re the quickest here with two poles and the lap record by a big way.

“Unfortunately we had the problem with the Safety Car. They said I gave too much space to it and then when I committed to my start, the Safety Car was stopped at the final corner so I had to back off. Then I got the drive-through but all I was trying to do was to avoid the Safety Car!

“I’ve never had this problem before but these things do happen in racing sometimes. The main thing is we still lead the championship by a good amount and we know we’ve been the quickest again this weekend. Now we look forward to the next rounds at Brands Hatch, it’s a great track.”

Felipe now has a five-week sojourn from action with rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series set to take place on 18th/19th June at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, UK.

Provisional 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Standings (after Rd9):
1st Felipe Nasr, 114pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Felipe Nasr (BRA) Carlin Dallara VolkswagenCarlin’s Felipe Nasr set the pace in both free practice tests at Snetterton today, ahead of rounds seven, eight and nine of the Cooper Tires British F3 Series. Team mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook was also a consistent front runner and was second quickest in both sessions. All of the Carlin drivers made good progress today, with Kevin Magnussen third quickest in this morning’s session and Carlos Huertas also in the top seven this morning. Jack Harvey continued his learning curve in his rookie season, whilst Jazeman Jaafar lost out on track time due to a technical problem.

Both practice sessions were dry at the newly configured Snetterton 300 circuit today, with the Carlin drivers on the pace from the outset. The 2.99 mile circuit attracted positive comments, with a combination of slow, mid speed and fast corners creating a new challenge for the British Formula 3 drivers.

It was Felipe Nasr who got the most from his Volkswagen powered Dallara in the first session, although both Svendsen-Cook and Magnussen briefly took the top spot. Jaafar endured a troublesome first session, completing just three laps following a gearbox problem.

Session two allowed the drivers to work further on their qualifying set-up, with Nasr once again going quickest. The championship leader was most closely matched by Carlin team mate Svendsen-Cook who confirmed his pace around his local track. Magnussen completed the day sixth quickest overall, with Carlos Huertas eighth. Jack Harvey was 15th, while Jaafar was 16th as he recovered from his earlier problem.

Pace setter Nasr said, “Today went very well. I think for sure we have strong pace as we were quick in the morning and afternoon. In the morning we just used old tyres so we were expecting to gain a bit more in the afternoon. I managed a good time on the new tyres and the balance of the car was really good. We made a few changes to the car which seemed to work very well; it just felt great to drive. I think we have a good car for qualifying tomorrow.”

Local hero Svendsen-Cook was also on a charge today and was second quickest in both practice sessions. The Monza race winner is happy with his pace so far, but feels there is more to come in tomorrow’s qualifying session.

“I’m very happy with how the day has gone; we were quick on old tyres and new tyres which is a good sign for qualifying and the races,” said Svendsen-Cook. “I was second in both sessions, so I’m pleased with the consistency I’ve shown today. I made a few mistakes in the second session so I think there’s a bit more to come. We will keep pushing for qualifying.”

Felipe NasrBrazil’s Felipe Nasr continued his outstanding start to the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Oulton Park over the weekend (23-25 April), taking his third win from the first six races and with it a substantial lead at the head of the driver standings.

Immediately marking himself out as the driver to watch during the season-opener at Monza earlier in the month, where the 18-year-old dominated with two wins from three, the aspiring Formula One ace delivered another thoroughly professional showing at Oulton during rounds four, five and six.

Setting the fastest time in qualifying to secure pole position for the third of the weekend’s races, the Carlin driver also secured a front-row start for the opening encounter at the wheel of his Volkswagen powered Dallara F308 thanks to a consistently strong second best lap of the session.

Finishing runner-up during Saturday’s fourth round with a controlled performance, Nasr went on to take an excellent fifth place in round five on Monday morning – only a couple of seconds shy of the podium – having carved his way through superbly from eighth on the ‘reverse grid’.

Round six proved to be the true highlight of the weekend though with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from pole, the South American claiming a flawless victory by 3.3 seconds.

With three wins from six races, a total of five podiums for the year so far and a comfortable 34-point cushion over his closest rival, Nasr is certainly a true star in the making and a very realistic bet for the 2011 British F3 title.

Reflecting on his latest victory, Nasr said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to win again, I had a great start in the final race and managed to pull a nice gap on the first lap. After that I controlled the distance to the other guys and everything went really well. Thanks to everyone at Carlin for doing a fantastic job as always.”

Rounds seven, eight and nine of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series will take place on 14/15 May at the Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.

Provisional 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Standings (after Rd6):
1st Felipe Nasr, 92 points

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carlin’s Felipe Nasr won today’s Feature race at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. The 18 year-old Brazilian took his third victory of the season in round six of the 2011 British F3 International Series, to increase his lead in the championship standings. Team mate Rupert Svendsen-Cook came home fourth after a race long battle for third, while Jazeman Jaafar was fifth and Carlos Huertas tenth. Both Jack Harvey and Kevin Magnussen suffered engine issues which ended their chances of a strong race result.

Having been quickest in Saturday’s qualifying session, it was Nasr on pole for the 40 minute feature race this afternoon at a sunny Oulton Park. The Carlin man made a good start to break away from second placed driver Lucas Foresti while behind them Carlin’s Svendsen-Cook was challenging Manasheh Idafar for fourth place while Jaafar was chasing Fortec’s Will Buller for fifth, having dropped a place at the start.

At the end of lap one, Magnussen was 10th having started eighth but with a sick sounding engine. The young Dane pulled into the pits at the end of lap two, and wouldn’t emerge again until the leaders were on lap six.

With overtaking difficult around the Oulton Park circuit, the race was characterised by several duals, with Svendsen-Cook putting third placed man Idafar under pressure, with Jaafar also closing in on fifth placed Buller and Carlin’s Huertas chasing down Pietro Fantin for ninth.

By lap six, the two leaders had pulled a significant gap from the rest of the field, with Nasr still leading with a healthy three second gap from second placed Foresti. A lap later Harvey pulled into the pits, seemingly with the same misfire problem as team mate Magnussen, and rejoined the race a lap later.

By the mid way point, third placed man Idafar was at the head of a chain of cars and was still under pressure from Svendsen-Cook, but the Carlin man couldn’t find a way through. Despite a couple of close challenges, the order remained unchanged, with Svendsen-Cook just missing out on a podium finish in fourth, and Jaafar taking his sixth consecutive top six finish. Huertas crossed the line in the points in 10th place, while Harvey was 19th having made a pit stop to remedy his misfire. Magnussen failed to finish the race.

Nasr meanwhile crossed the line to take his third win of the season and extend his lead at the top of the championship standings, and claim Carlin’s fourth win of the season.

Speaking about his victory, Nasr said, “This was another special win and very important for our championship. I had a good start and managed to pull away, and from then on I just concentrated on not making any mistakes and putting in good lap times. It just feels really good to win again.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It was a mixed weekend for the team, some of the drivers were quite unlucky, most notably Kevin and Jack who both suffered misfires in the third race. We’ve shown very good pace though and Felipe has done a great job to take another win this afternoon.”

Jazeman Jaafar, Felipe Nasr and Carlos Huertas took more solid points in this morning’s sprint race at Oulton Park, in round five of the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Series. In a 20 minute sprint around the Cheshire circuit, Jaafar finished fourth, just ahead of team mates Nasr and Huertas. Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jack Harvey also finished in the points in eighth and tenth receptively, while pole sitter Kevin Magnussen endured a frustrating race after stalling on the grid.

With today’s grid set by the finishing positions of race one – with the top eight reversed – it was Kevin Magnussen who lined up at the front of the field for race two this morning. The young Dane stalled on the grid however, and by the first corner was faced with a fight back through the field.

Ahead of him, Jazeman Jaafar had made a good start from his seventh placed grid slot and had passed team mate Huertas and was challenging fourth place man Harry Tincknell into Cascades but couldn’t quite get close enough and slotted into fourth place ahead of team mates Nasr and Huertas.

With overtaking difficult around the twisting Oulton Park circuit difficult, the order remained unchanged to the chequered flag with Hitech’s Riki Christodoulou taking the Sprint win. Carlin’s Jaafar added to his already impressive points tally with a fourth place, with Nasr fifth to consolidate his place at the top of the championship standings. Huertas held off Foresti for sixth, Svendsen-Cook was eighth, with Harvey completing the top ten

Reflecting on his race, Jaafar said, “I started sixth, which isn’t the best place to start as it’s on the outside with less grip. I didn’t have the best start but I managed to pull up level with Carlos [Huertas] and managed to overtake him. Unfortunately Kevin [Magnussen] stalled as well so by the first corner I had already made up two places. I caught Tincknell by Cascades and was right on his gearbox but unfortunately its quite hard to find a safe overtaking opportunity at Oulton Park. But I’m happy that we’ve scored more good points, and I had a really good feeling about the car this morning.”

Race three of the weekend will take place 14.45 at with Carlin’s Felipe Nasr on pole.

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.