After eleven grueling events across some of the most famous racing circuits in the world, Hong Kong’s Matt Solomon saw his 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship program draw to a close at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany. The Double R Racing driver endured a difficult weekend before closing out the season with one his best drives of the year.
MSR_EuroF3_Hockenheim_R3_181015Keen to recover the speed which marked him as one to watch at Monza earlier in the season, the Hong Kong teenager struggled to find strong pace through practice and qualifying, the car seemingly ‘hitting a wall’, Solomon’s qualifying laps testament to how hard he was working, all three separated by just five one hundredths of a second, whilst ahead of him, his rivals were finding significant gains to leap up the starting grid.
Pace again eluded Solomon during the opening two races, but again, in challenging track conditions, the popular Asian pilot worked his way from 28th to 14th by the time the chequered flag fell for the final time on the 2015 season..
“It was certainly one of the toughest weekend’s of the year – pace wise. From practice to qualifying and into the races, we had very little pace and I really had a tough time adapting to that in races one and two,” Solomon admitted. “It was amplified by being hit in race one, and not having the pace to come back through the field – race two was much the same. So we went into the final race of the season, and it was strange day – very cold, foggy and damp, and the track was wet initially, so tyre choice was going to be critical. Because it was so cold, we opted for wets, but it was a 50/50 call and just as many people went for slicks. Frustratingly, after about five laps, the track started to dry and it dried quicker than we thought it would. Fortunately the Safety Car came out, so we immediately boxed [hit the pits] for slicks. The team did a brilliant job to turn me around so quickly and we managed to jump one or two of my rivals as a result, and I rejoined for the restart about P18. For now it’s on to Macau in a months time for a race that has been a dream of mine since I started racing, so I’m super excited about that. We have a quick car for Macau, and I’ve been there before in Formula Masters, so I know the circuit, so there’s no reason why we can’t be right up there.
The iconic Macau Grand Prix, one of few events outside of Formula One to carry the coveted Grand Prix title, will run between 19-22 November with Solomon joining a list of drivers across the years, that reads like a who’s-who of the Formula One elite.
Race#1 (17 October, 2015)
1. Lance Stroll [CAN] (Prema Powerteam) – 22-laps
2. Jake Dennis [GBR] (Prema Powerteam) +0.898
3. Felix Rosenqvist [SWE] (Prema Powerteam) +1.674
4. Maximilian Günther [GER] (Prema Powerteam) +3.784
5. Alexander Sims [GBR] (HitechGP) +6.192
26. Matt Solomon [HKG] (Double R Racing) +56.453
Race#2 (17 October, 2015)
1. Antonio Giovinazzi [ITA] (Carlin) – 21-laps
2. Jake Dennis [GBR] (Prema Powerteam) +1.863
3. Felix Rosenqvist [SWE] (Prema Powerteam) +3.762
4. Maximilian Günther [GER] (Prema Powerteam) +5.281
5. Mikkel Jensen [DEN] (Mucke Motorsport) +8.765
26. Matt Solomon [HKG] (Double R Racing) +51.372
Race#3 (18 October, 2015)
1. Felix Rosenqvist [SWE] (Prema Powerteam) – 18-laps
2. Alexander Albon [THA] (Signature) +0.511
3. Antonio Giovinazzi [ITA] (Carlin) +0.862
4. Alexander Sims [GBR] (HitechGP) +1.050
5. Callum Ilott [GBR] (Carlin) +2.019
14. Matt Solomon [HKG] (Double R Racing) +10.430
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