Devlin DeFrancesco enjoyed a successful European Formula 3 Championship debut at the Red Bull Ring (22-24 September), and was on the cusp of points in only his third race.
The Carlin driver was impressed with the highly-competitive field and is confident of progressing as he gains more experience in the series, after showing strong pace all weekend.
Heading to the Spielberg circuit for the first time, the Canadian-Italian spent the practice sessions getting accustomed to his VW-powered Dallara-built car, and was just sixth tenths off championship leader Lando Norris at the end of first qualifying.
After lining up directly behind his more experienced team-mate Jehan Daruvala on the race one grid, Devlin completed a smooth and error-free 25 laps to come home in 16th.
Unfortunately, for the second race, the 17-year-old had a clutch issue off the start and lost significant time. Devlin continued to run two laps down, but was delighted with the strong pace he showed.
“We got stuck in traffic in race one,” Devlin said. “The guys ahead were much slower but I wasn’t able to get close enough down the straights.
“Race two was a big shame, we had a problem with the clutch at the start and it took me a while to get away. I was on my own and we were on the same pace as most of the guys in the top 10, so overall there were a lot of positives to take from the race!“
It was a great start for Devlin in the final race of the weekend, as he launched himself into 14th from 18th on the grid by the end of lap one. He was locked in a hard-fought midfield battle throughout the race before finishing just outside the points in 12th.
“Race three was very chaotic!” Devlin continued. “There was a lot of fighting going on, particularly at the start. I just made sure to keep my nose clean and despite a small mistake I was pleased with the performance and I’m glad it’s all starting to come together.
“The experience for me was fantastic. Everyone was wondering if I could perform at this level and I think I’ve proved that I can. The team did a mega job all week and I just want to thank them for this opportunity because I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to being back for Hockenheim.
“It’s now three weekends in a row for me, with back-to-back Euroformula Open rounds at Monza and Jerez, before I return to the European F3 Championship a week later! It’s a busy period, but I’m looking forward to all of it!”