After his stirring return to the British Formula Three Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Robert Doornbos had been hoping to carry his form back into the F3 Euroseries at the A1-Ring, but found the transition more frustrating than expected.

In bright sunshine, the Dutchman suffered some set-up problems and could not qualify and better than 16th on the grid for race one. Suffering from understeer throughout, Doornbos was unable to dial out the problem, even during the red flag period that punctuated the session. Starting from the eighth row for Saturday's race, he managed to get a quick start and passed several competitors, even with his still ill-handling car, to eventually come home tenth.

"It was a demanding day today," Doornbos admitted, "Qualifying for race one was difficult as I had understeer on my car; and unfortunately we did not improve it for the race, so it was tough. However, I was still able to pass some drivers and finish close to the points."

Things were a little better when it came to the second of the weekend's races, and Doornbos collected eleventh place with a best time of 1min 27.964secs.

"We could do better - for sure, I was happier last week, when I had pole position [at Spa]," he admitted, "My car was good with old tyres but, as I changed them for new ones, I begun to suffer understeer. Normally, in the last lap, it is easier to set the quickest time, but I could set mine only on the penultimate one. At the end of the session, someone spun in front of me and brought a lot of dirt onto the track, so I spun too. I think we need to improve by half a second if we want to fight for first position."

Though the hard-charging Dutchman still had serious problems with the handling of his car, he was still able to put down quicker lap times from start to finish of the second event, eventually coming home in eight spot to take one point from the weekend.

"I had serious handling problems all weekend, and my car was terrible to drive during the first few laps," Doornbos reported, "Luckily for me, fellow Dutchman Charles Zwolsman spun off the track in the final stages of the race, handling me at least one championship point to take home."



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