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Pau novice Marciello dominates Grand Prix de Pau

After his victory last Saturday, Italian Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) also managed to win the main race on Sunday, the actual Grand Prix de Pau, and thus becomes the successor of German Marco Wittmann. At the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit of Pau in the south of France, the 17-year old Formula 3 Euro Series driver delivered a convincing performance and won with a margin of 13.129 seconds from Carlos Sainz (Carlin). Thus, two Euro Series drivers locked out the first two positions. Behind Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) took the chequered flag as the third-best driver from the ranks of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Raffaele Marciello benefited from being on pole position and took the lead at the start. He immediately pulled clear from the rest of the field and at times was up to one second per lap faster than his rivals. On the challenging and tight track on the outskirts of the Pyrenees, Carlos Sainz followed Marciello in second place. Daniel Juncadella, who was classified two places behind his compatriot Sainz, kept Jaafar in front of him under pressure throughout the race, but the latter didn’t make a mistake and thus didn’t give the Spaniard an opportunity to attack.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “It is great. My car was perfect, it was a great race and I really like the Pau circuit. Being on the winners’ list of Pau is fantastic, because it is one of the world’s most important Formula 3 races. After I had already built up a fairly good margin after five laps, I was relatively relaxed.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “I reckon that the gap to Raffaele was a little bit too big. We were having some problems with the car, the balance just wasn’t right. But we will learn from it and do better next time. Apart from that, we should take the positive things from this race and build up on them.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Although I was quicker than Jazeman Jaafar in front of me, I couldn’t find a way past him as he didn’t make any mistakes. Particularly after my retirement yesterday, I didn’t want to take too many risks either, but rather settle for the points.”

F1Weekly podcast # 571

F1weekly podcast number 571 special interview with F3 driver Jack Harvey, catch him in the Grand Prix de Pau.

The harsh and unusual demands of street racing lie ahead for the young stars of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, for next weekend (12/13 May) the south-west France city of Pau will play host to the championship for the 68th running of the world-famous Grand Prix de Pau.

The UK-based runners will be joined at Pau by competitors from the FIA European Formula 3 Championship; a field of around 25 cars is expected at the event, which will feature two live-televised races.

Only two of the British championship field raced at Pau last year – Carlin’s Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar and Fortec’s Brazilian Pipo Derani. Eighteen-year-old Pipo knows only too well that passing will be hard and a good grid position vital: “Overtaking at Pau is almost impossible so you have to qualify well; if you are not on pole or on the first row then it’s tough.”

He is pleased to have last year’s experience – he finished sixth for the Double R team – under his belt. “It was my first street race and it was nice; I was expecting to be a lot slower. I adapted myself really fast to the street circuit and I finished sixth. It was quite a good result for my first time and of course it was really good to get the experience because this year we will be there again. I hope it will be an advantage for me.”

Derani is fifth in the championship for Fortec, having claimed his maiden British Formula 3 win at Oulton Park last month and a second-place finish at Monza in Italy. “It has been a good beginning to the year for me. It’s really good; it gives me more motivation to push and to get more good results. It was really nice to get my first victory in British Formula 3; now I can say that I am a race winner. For my confidence it is really good.”

Derani is one of a four-car Fortec squad for Pau, where he will be joined by Puerto Rico’s double race winner Felix Serralles, reigning Formula Renault UK Champion Alex Lynn and Dutchman Hannes van Asseldonk. Essex-based Lynn is one of two drivers out to gain some track knowledge this weekend (5/6 May) by taking part in the Grand Prix de Pau Historique – Alex will race a 1981 Van Diemen Formula Ford and Harry Tincknell a 1962 Lotus 20 Formula Junior chassis.

Leading the championship to Pau, and for what to him is almost a home race, is Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jnr. The 17-year-old from Madrid claimed his first British F3 wins for the Carlin team at Monza, twice triumphing in the wet to pull eight points clear of Serralles in the title fight.

Carlin’s team in France will also feature Devonian Tincknell, Jaafar, Brazil’s Pietro Fantin and Jack Harvey, the Lincolnshire-based Racing Steps Foundation driver who led the series following the Oulton Park rounds.

The Double R team is expected to field its regular International class duo, Australian Geoff Uhrhane and Malaysian Fahmi Ilyas, as well as a National class car for Aussie Duvashen Padayachee, who may well have the class to himself next weekend as his T-Sport rival, Spike Goddard, struggles to recover from illness. Australian Goddard was struck down by appendicitis last month and, while recovering well from surgery, does not expect to be fit to race: “My recovery is going OK,” said Spike, “a bit slow but I’m getting there. I’m pretty sure I will have to give driving a miss for Pau, but I am hoping I can attend the meeting and go for the track walk and be a part of the team.”

T-Sport’s Nick McBride will be in action in his International class Dallara to complete the UK field, with 11 additions expected from Mucke Motorsport, Jo Zeller Racing, ma-con Motorsport, Angola Racing and Prema Powerteam to contest the FIA series. Drivers entered include current FIA points leader Daniel Juncadella and British drivers Emil Bernstorff and Tom Blomqvist.

The Pau Grand Prix was first run in 1900 and the winners on its roll of honour include such as Tazio Nuvolari, Juan Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Jean Behra, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Rene Arnoux, Jean Alesi, Juan Pablo Montoya and Lewis Hamilton. It last formed part of British Formula 3 in 2006, when Romain Grosjean won both races.

In addition to the regular Channel 4 UK and Motors TV post-produced TV coverage, both Saturday’s and Sunday’s Pau races will be screened live across Europe on Motors TV.

Provisional championship standings after Round 6
1 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Carlin) 74 points; 2 Felix Serralles (PUR/Fortec) 66; 3 Jazeman Jaafar (MAS/Carlin) 65; 4 Jack Harvey (GBR/Carlin) 63; 5 Pipo Derani (BRA/Fortec) 48; 6= Pietro Fantin (BRA/Carlin) & Harry Tincknell (GBR/Carlin) 40 etc
National class: 1 Spike Goddard (AUS/T-Sport) 104; 2 Duvashen Padayachee (AUS/Double R) 82