2015 Italian Formula 4 champion Ralf Aron secured two points finishes and two rookie podiums during the opening weekend of the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship at Paul Ricard last weekend.
Aron finished the opening race of the year in seventh, and the third best rookie, having qualified eleventh, but the Estonian’s race two was ended early when he spun out having suffered a rear rim failure on his Prema Powerteam car.
“Race 1 was good,” insisted Aron. “The car felt great and I had a positive start, finishing 7th.
“In Race 2 I got off the line really well, but I spun in T1 and lost a lot of places. And on top of all that, one of my rims broke just before the end, making me crash.”
Aron secured his second rookie podium with a seventh place finish in race three, and felt it had been a positive rookie weekend in the series for him, and after praising his team he is now looking to build on the results in France and improve during the season.
“I was starting from the third row and I gained one spot immediately as Callum Ilott stalled,” said Aron. “I moved up to fourth and I followed [Mikkel] Jensen for a while, but [Joel] Eriksson was really quick behind me and passed me quite easily.
“I ended up seventh and it’s a positive result, considering that I was at my first European Formula 3 event. The team did a stellar job, while I have to analyse the data to see how I can improve myself and make my way in a new series”.