Bottas wins on British F3 return
25 September 2011 – Valtteri Bottas has celebrated victory in this weekend’s second British Formula 3 race at Donington Park. The Finn, GP3 Champion and Williams F1 reserve driver, led home Race 1 winner Will Bull and Menasheh Idafar, with four different teams filling the first four places.
With Buller and Fortec team-mate Harry Tincknell on a front row, a lightning getaway by Bottas saw the Double R man shoot through the middle and lead on the approach to Redgate. He was never headed from that moment onwards, extending a lead of over 14 seconds.
The dicing Fortec duo continued to battle for second, with Buller eventually coming out on top as Tincknell dropped to fifth behind Idafar and Jazeman Jaafar. Buller’s race came close to meeting an early demise as Scott Pye dived through on the inside of the Melbourne Loop, with Tincknell at that point overhauling both, only to be re-passed by the pair on the subsequent run into Goddards; the duel was not yet over, with Tincknell again passing both on the exit of the corner, before Buller seized second a lap later and Pye made contact at McLeans, resulting in a puncture and retirement in the pit lane three laps from home.
It was a somewhat quiet race for Champion Felipe Nasr and Kevin Magnussen, who both gambled on starting with Slicks on a wet surface; the Brazilian eventually rose to a distant tenth behind Jack Harvey, with Magnussen only 16th after going off at Goddards on the final lap.
Donington’s third and final race begins at 1:40pm local time (BST)