Daisuke Nakajima, the younger brother of Williams F1 driver Kazuki, produced an impressive display in qualifying at Oulton Park to secure third on the grid for this first race in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.
The Double R driver secured third on the grid behind Carlin pair Max Chilton and Daniel Ricciado for the opening race on Bank Holiday Monday at the Cheshire venue, and followed it up with the seventh quickest time in qualifying for race two; a result he said wasn't as good as he had hoped for
“I'm very pleased with the result in the first qualifying session, but not so much in the second session where I think I could have done a better job. I am used to qualifying for races one after the other and the system of qualifying for one race and then having hours out of the car before the next qualifying session is a new experience for me.
“For the next event I realise it is important to maintain a high level of concentration and focus in between sessions to achieve a good qualifying result for the second race.”
Team-mate Carlos Huertas – the youngest driver on the grid this season – qualified eighth and sixth on the grid for the two races, but the 17-year-old said he was disappointed with his performance.
“I wasn't very happy with our performance in the first qualifying session as I think we had the ability to be a lot quicker,” he said. “We made some changes in between the sessions, which made some improvements to the car, but I still think we have more time left in the car.
“I was losing quite a lot of time in the first sector, my second and third sectors were among the quickest, so I know if I can work on the first few corners we will be very quick. There are two races ahead of us though, so I'm aiming to make a good start and make up some places.”