Maiden Pole for Vips at Silverstone but Estonian Still Left Wanting More

Jüri Vips - Motopark - Silverstone
Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Jüri Vips was pleased to take his first FIA European Formula 3 Championship pole position on Friday at Silverstone, but the Estonian felt he should have been higher up the grid for race two, where he will start third.

The Motopark driver’s second fastest time of the second Qualifying session of the day of 1:50.543 was enough to give him his maiden pole in the category for Sunday’s final race of the weekend, but he felt he could and should have done better with his best lap time, which was 0.001 seconds off second placed Mick Schumacher of Prema Theodore Racing and 0.050 seconds off the pole time set by team-mate Fabio Scherer.

Vips had qualified down in tenth in the opening session earlier in the day and although disappointed with his race two grid slot, he was happy to have made significant progress between the two sessions, which he attributed to the hard work put in by everyone at Motopark on Friday afternoon.

“The top position in the ranking of the second-fastest laps is a nice feeling, although I am slightly disappointed that I ended up third, only one thousandth of a second behind Mick Schumacher,” said Vips.

“Still, I made a big step ahead from first to second qualifying, our efforts between the two sessions paid off.”

Vips feels he comes into most weekends under pressure to learn new tracks with only limited track time available, and before this weekend his experience of Silverstone was half a day testing a British Formula 3 car.

“I am a rookie, but I have racked up less mileage in testing compared to most of the others,” said the Estonian.  “Therefore, I sometimes aren’t on the pace straight away in first qualifying at new tracks because I have to get to know them first.”