The Italian Grand Prix circuit of Monza plays host to the first British Formula 3 race of the season and is the drivers first chance to earn points towards the highly sought after seat at the Rolex 24 in Daytona. Testing has been taking place over the last couple of months and has shown that the championship is all to play for.
The first official test at Rockingham saw eighteen-year-old Felipe Nasr give early notice of his intentions in the Cooper Tires Formula 3 International Series. The Brazilian was one of only two drivers in the 18-man field to break the 1m 11s barrier and his best time was very nearly 1.2 seconds inside last year’s Rockingham pole time. Nasr was one of the first F3 racers to sign up for the Sunoco Daytona Challenge and will be one to look out for along with team mate Carlos Huertas who has also signed up for the Challenge; both emerged on top of a two day test at Silverstone just after Rockingham.
Rupert Svendsen-Cook has also already signed up to potentially win the drive at Daytona and has consistently been placing good lap times. After a win on his debut for the Carlin team last year, Rupert has upped his game and made his intentions clear for 2011 - aiming for the drivers’ title: “That’s what I want to achieve. I really want to win the Championship and I’ve prepared really, really hard over the winter to achieve that. I am with the best team, with the best people, so now it’s down to me to do the job.”
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