F3: Euroseries ends with Sims fourth and absent Bird eighth

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, October 25th, 2009

 
 

F3 Euroseries wrapped up its season at Hockenheim with wins for champion Jules Bianchi, who took a comfortable race one victory, and for Jean Karl Vernay on a challenging wet track in race two.

Alexander Sims lost out in his bid to finish third in the standings and as top rookie after Valtteri Bottas took a second and a fifth place against his sixth and fourteenth.

Sims’ Mücke Motorsport team-mate Sam Bird did not take part in the weekend as he was testing for the forthcoming GP2 Asia series.

Race one was a relatively simple win for Bianchi and his team-mate Bottas, with Vernay taking third. Sims spent most of the race in fifth place but could not hold off a last-lap challenge from Mika Mäki.

The second race was dominated by the drivers’ different strategies to deal with the drying track. Winner Vernay was among those who began on wet tyres and switched to slicks, allowing him to make a final-lap overtake of Christopher Zanella who had spent the whole race on slicks.

Sims started from the pitlane on wets and was looking good for a strong finish when he tangled with Renger van der Zande and Tiago Geronimi, knocking all three drivers out of the race.

Final standings

Points-scorers only

  1. Jules Bianchi, 14
  2. Christian Vietoris, 75
  3. Valtteri Bottas, 62
  4. Alexander Sims, 54
  5. Jean Karl Vernay, 47
  6. Mika Mäki, 43
  7. Roberto Merhi, 42
  8. Sam Bird, 40
  9. Esteban Gutiérrez, 26
  10. Stefano Coletti, 19
  11. Brendon Hartley, 15
  12. Henkie Waldschmidt, 13
  13. Christopher Zanella, 11
  14. Andrea Caldarelli, 11
  15. Renger van der Zande, 7
  16. Marco Wittmann, 6
  17. Basil Shaaban, 6
  18. Jake Rosenzweig, 6
  19. Atte Mustonen, 4
  20. Tiago Geronimi, 2

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