Markus Pommer: “The start was key to this success”

A delighted Markus Pommer revelled in his maiden European Formula 3 victory after taking top spot in the final race of the weekend at Zandvoort after jumping into the lead at the start ahead of pole sitter Antonio Giovinazzi.

The 2014 German Formula 3 champion added the race three victory to his maiden series podium in race one, and praised his Motopark team for the gains the team have made over the season to put him into the position to be able to challenge for the victory.

Pommer also revealed that he was able to use some of the data gathered by Max Verstappen last year during the Masters of Formula 3 event at the circuit after the Dutch driver drove to victory for Motopark in the event.

“The start was key to this success,” revealed Pommer. “In the early stages of the race, my car was fast, but because we had opted for a relatively aggressive set-up, I was slightly concerned that my tyres might degrade too much. So I wasn’t too bothered by the three safety car interventions.

“Of course, it is great that I finally pulled off my first victory. When we started our preparations for our maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, we were over a second down on the fastest drivers. And now, we are all the way up front.

“My team Motopark has done a tremendous job and I am delighted to be a member of this team. For this weekend at Zandvoort, I also had the benefit of the data from Max Verstappen, who won the Masters of Formula 3 at the same venue with Motopark last year.”