Josh Mason, Pavan Ravishankar and Manuel Maldonado were the top three drivers in the second BRDC British F3 race of the weekend at Donington Park. Here's what each had to say at the end of the contest.
Winner, Josh Mason:
"Crossing that line in P1 felt amazing. I had a lot of pressure throughout the race from Pavan behind me, but I had to calm down and control it, which I did. But P1, there's not much more I can say after that!
"It was weird not to have anything in front of me! I felt weird but I knew I just had to hit all my apex points and I would be fine.
"This will definitely boost my confidence but there is still work to be done. This is a big factor for me and definitely picks me up. I need to keep focusing on developing myself as a better driver but this win definitely helps me a lot. From last year to now, Lanan have worked so hard to get me where I am now, they're still working hard to get me even better but I appreciate so much what they've done for me this past year and a half."
Second, Pavan Ravishankar:
"I think considering the pace we've had all weekend, the win could have been in the bag. At the safety car restart I made a mistake and locked up my fronts and went straight on, so Josh got past. After that, once the race settles down it's quite hard to overtake or follow closely, so that was the case. From then on I tried to stay as close as I could and capitalise on an opportunity that might come but it never came so it was P2 in the end.
"It was a bit too much to get Josh in the end, once the races settle here and unless one driver is on new tyres and the other on old there's no big pace deficit as everyone is so close. The damage was done with the mistake and locking up my brakes at the restart.
"I'm keeping in mind that these are reverse grid podiums and for Spa I will be doing my best to be that bit closer on the real podiums! But it's still something and we'll use this as a way to move forward for the rest of the weekend and the season."
Third, Manuel Maldonado:
"I really enjoyed that, it was good to get some overtakes done quite early on and every move was good. I'm quite happy with the podium, it's the most we could have done in that race. We could maybe have got second but it would have been a bit risky in the last few laps but happy overall.
"It was very close at the end with just a tenth between us, and it was a good race coming from eighth. I had to push hard, especially as I was on old tyres as well, I think the people in front were on newer tyres so I had a bit of a disadvantage but nevertheless I'm quite happy with the podium.
"I'm looking to get more good points in the next race and close up the gap to the people in front of me, so I'm looking forward to it."
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