Sainz enjoys F3 Cup fun

Carlos Sainz Jnr enjoyed the perfec preparation for the upcoming Macau GP by beating teammate and fellow Red Bull Racing Junior Driver Antonio Felix Da Costa

Carlos Sainz Jnr enjoyed the perfect preparation for the upcoming Macau GP by beating teammate and fellow Red Bull Racing Junior Driver Antonio Felix Da Costa in the opening race of round nine at Snetterton.

The pair were in the invitational class to qualify for Macau GP having not competed in an F3 event in 2013.

Lining up on the front row of the grid having been split by just 0.010s in qualifying, they got away similarly closely. Sainz wrestled the ascendancy as the race wore on, trading fastest laps, and the young Spaniard knew he had been in a race.

"Da Costa beside me on the start is never easy and he made my life a bit tough in the first few corners. We were side by side for quite a while but finally I made it stick and luckily I managed to pull away. I think I got fastest lap and I the backed off a bit last lap." Sainz said.

They lapped closely but Carlos Sainz edged away in the older Dallara F308, perhaps better suited to the high speed straights of Snetterton. The win means he's denied Da Costa a third win in a row at Snetterton after he won twice at the season-ending round of 2012.

Da Costa's 2012 visit played a big part in Sainz jnr opting to make his debut in F3 Cup. "It's a great experience, Antonio spoke a lot about it last year and he said he had a lot of fun and it is a lot of fun. Everybody here loves the sport, it's a really nice environment and I'm enjoying myself.

"Me and Antonio are great friends. We support each other when we can, though obviously on track it's a bit different but he talks about this [F3 Cup] and so does Trevor [Carlin]. That's why we decided to come here. There's always a bit of a fight between us but we had dinner together and a lot of laughs."

The two Red Bull Juniors will be back on track at 1340 and Carlos Sainz jnr starts on pole ahead of Felix Da Costa.

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