Niko Kari: “The car was good all weekend”

Niko Kari - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Niko Kari secured his third podium finish of the season in race one at the Norisring, but failed to score another point all weekend after being involved in incidents.

The Red Bull Junior driver drove a composed race in Saturday’s opener, finishing behind only race leader Lance Stroll, having taken advantage of the clash between Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott to take his podium finish.

Kari collided with Motopark team-mate Sergio Sette Câmara in race two at the hairpin, before being the innocent victim of an out of control Pedro Piquet in race three, who had already collided with Ryan Tveter on the run down to the final hairpin.

The sixteen-year-old Finn was happy with his podium finish in race one, but rued the collisions in the other two races, feeling he could have scored a good haul of points in all three races but for those incidents.

“I just concentrated on not making any mistakes and making progress,” said Kari. “It worked and it was a good result. The rest of the weekend should have been as good but I got caught in accidents in Races 2 and 3. Race 2 I finished but in the last race I was hit from a long way back, never saw it coming at all.

“So that was a shame, the car was good all weekend and the possibility was there for good finishes. We changed the car a little for the last race just to try something but I never really got the chance to see how good it was.”