Walter Grubmuller declared himself happy with two podium finishes from the opening rounds of the new British F3 International Series at Oulton Park.

The Austrian finished third in the opening race of the weekend behind Daniel Ricciardo and Nick Tandy, and was looking for a maiden F3 win in race two having secured pole position.

However, having been beaten off the line by Ricciardo, the Hitech driver had to settle for second place, although his points from the weekend still leave him well placed in the championship standings.

"I'm very happy and couldn't have asked for much more," he said. "It was disappointing to lose pole in race two, but I cant complain at two podiums and a lot of points so it's a good start. Hopefully it is the beginning of a great season.

"I know the tracks and have plenty of experience which will help me this year, but there is only so much experience you can have.

"[Running in a single-car team] is a challenge but we battled against everyone here and had the pace, so we are in a good position. I may still be joined by someone, we'll have to wait and see."

Former Carlin driver Sam Abay is amongst those to have been linked to the second Hitech seat.