Marcus Simmons' Pau F3 diary

Marcus Simmons' Pau F3 diary

Pau is an iconic venue for Formula 3. Marcus Simmons analyses last weekend's event, with the help of some onboard footage from Carlos Sainz Jr, and looks back to when Anthony Davidson starred on the streets

Everyone in Formula 3 had been looking forward to the Pau Grand Prix – and it didn't disappoint. Not only is it a fantastic setting for a race, and a crazily-anachronistic circuit, but it was the first of the really big get-togethers of the British and Euro Series teams in F3's new spirit of entente cordiale.

There were 24 cars – 14 from the British championship and 10 from the Euro Series – on track. The Euro teams were using the British-spec Cooper tyres on their new Dallara F312s for the first time in competition, but you'd never have guessed it. Just as the mini-contingent of Brits who went to the Hockenheim Euro Series round proved competitive on the Hankooks used there, the Euros were straight on it with the Coopers.

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