"The track was really very dicey, and it was practically impossible to keep the car on the track for the last ten laps. There was so much water towards the end, you couldn't even go full throttle on the straights without nearly aquaplaning. But we've shown what we are capable of, we need to continue this now and stay focused for the rest of the season.”
Zampieri, on his series debut, and Ricciardo were both also pleased to claim top three spots, although the Australian had reason for regret after handing victory to the team that took him to F3 glory in 2009.
“When you're on pole, you obviously want to win the race but, in the end, a podium finish itself is a good result in these conditions - and it could easily be important later in the season," he noted, "I thought I'd started well, but Mikhail's start was better. From then on, visibility behind him was practically zero, so I'm happy with this result.”