James Jakes News
James Jakes Race 2 Report - Round 2 F3 Euroseries, Mugello6 may 2008
James' weekend in Italy did not improve in the second F3 Euro Series race of the weekend, but despite the setbacks at Mugello he is already focused on improving things for the next race at Pau.
The 20-year-old had made up for his start in Saturday's race by making a great getaway this morning, but he was then hindered by another car stalling in front of him. While he was able to show flashes of speed after that when he wasn't running in traffic, it was another difficult race.
"It was unlucky that someone stalled in front of me," James said afterwards. "In the race things were ok when I could push, but I went off when I locked the rears and that was it. I'm still hopeful that we can improve things before Pau, and I've raced there before so I'm really looking forward to it.
"I like street circuits as well, so I'm definitely optimistic. I'm trying to stay relaxed about how the season has started, because I know that the team and me are working really hard together to improve, and I'm sure we can do the job.
James also took heart from the fact that he showed good speed in qualifying, despite not yet feeling fully at home with the new 2008 Dallara F3 car.
"I wasn't entirely comfortable with the car here but we still had good pace in qualifying," he added. " Without a little mistake I would have been in the top three, so that bodes well because when I am comfortable with the car we'll be a lot faster. We'll get it together soon, it's just a shame we have to wait a few weeks for the next race."