James Jakes has set his sights on a double points haul from the final weekend of the F3 Euro Series season after qualifying eighth at Hockenheim.
The British driver, who had been one of the pacesetters during Friday morning’s practice session, was disappointed with his qualifying effort, but he believes that he will be a contender at the front of both races this weekend.
“Eighth is ok, but we lost a bit of time to everyone compared to the morning,” said Jakes. “We just didn’t seem to get the best out of the tyres.”
The 20-year-old is in prime position to take advantage of the reverse grid rule for the second race of the weekend, where the top eight finishers from race one are reversed for Sunday’s race.
“We’ve got good pace here, so I think we can get strong results in both races,” added Jakes. “The whole team has been pretty quick this weekend, so if we can get the tyres working well for us then we should be able to pick up some good points.”
Jakes will be looking to consolidate his top-five status in the championship this weekend, and the Manor Motorsport driver will be pleased to be two places ahead of his team-mate Franck Mailleux, who is five points behind him in the standings.
Pole position for Saturday’s race went to championship leader Romain Grosjean, and the ASM driver will be hoping to seal the title in the first race of the weekend.