Early-season pace-setter Team Mexico continued its strong form in Sentul last weekend, claiming its fourth podium of the campaign as it hoisted itself back up to third in the series' title chase.

Salvador Duran's second place in the sprint race added to his rostrum finishes in Zandvoort, Brno and Beijing, with Sepang the sole venue on the calendar so far where the 21-year-old has so far failed to register a top three result. The only thing missing from the young Mexican's CV so far this campaign is a maiden victory.

"From the very first moment in the sprint race I knew I had to defend my position from the drivers who were behind me," the British F3 ace explained. "In the first turn I managed to overtake Great Britain and Germany. I then set the second-fastest lap and pulled away from the field while staying close to the New Zealand car. I put pressure on him but he maintained his position.

"We got the best possible result in the circumstances and I'm happy for my crew. They deserved a podium after the race results in Malaysia and qualifying in Indonesia. The group is solid and they worked very hard."

Although the later feature race did not yield such a positive result, with a disappointing sixth place in the challenging and changeable weather conditions, Duran was nevertheless pleased to have reinstated the squad towards the higher reaches of the nations' standings following its pointless outing in Sepang a fortnight earlier.

"We changed the set-up for the feature, but it was not a good decision," he added. "There was really heavy rain and after two laps my car had no grip. We made two pit-stops to change to wet and dry tyres respectively.

"Towards the end we charged hard, but we did not get the race result we were hoping for. However, we reached the goal to finish the two races, collecting as many points as possible."



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