Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Buller has his day in Austria after return from smash

Will Buller found the perfect antidote to his Monaco disaster by winning in Austria.

The 19-year-old Scarva driver suffered the devastation of being squeezed into the barriers at the first corner on the opening lap of the showpiece round of the F1 support series, GP3.

His Carlin Dallara-VW went flying into the air and flipped over as the cars went three abreast into the dangerous St Devote corner on the Monte Carlo street circuit.

Buller emerged unhurt and a week later was back in action at the Red Bull Ring in Austria where he scored his first victory in the second championship he is contesting, the Euro F3 series.

“I was going side by side with my team-mate Alex Brundle (son of F1 commentator Martin) into St Devote when someone came up his inside and pushed him over into me,” said Buller.

“It was quite a big accident and the Carlin team had a lot of work to do to get the cars ready in time for Austria.

“But they did it, no problem, and turned out a winning car for me,” he said.

With a reputation for winning abroad, Buller qualified on pole position on his first visit to the Spielberg circuit.

But he lost the lead in the first of the three races to Raffaelle Marciello and was later handed a drive-through penalty for a yellow flag infringement.

With several rivals also penalised for the same issue, Buller eventually took the chequered flag in eighth, which gave him pole for race two under the ‘top eight’ reverse grid regulations.

He made a perfect start to lead the field into the first corner and from that point wasn’t troubled at the head of the pack as he secured his first victory in the series since making the move from British F3 at the start of the year.

Fifth on the grid for the final race of the weekend, Buller made another strong start, overtaking team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr and Pascal Wehrlein to move into third place.

Third became second when Felix Rosenqvist was given a penalty for jumping the start and Buller took his second podium finish of the weekend.

“It was great to be back on the top step of the podium again and I’m delighted to have taken my first victory in the F3 Euroseries,” he said.

“The silver lining was pole for race two and I made sure I took

full advantage of it,” he said.

“With three podium finishes in three races, my championship challenge is starting to gain some momentum,” added the Co Down driver.

Buller sits just a point away from third in the championship heading into a short break in his programme before he returns to action in the next round of the GP3 series on the streets of Valencia, Spain on the weekend of June 22/24.

Buller’s next outing in the F3 Euroseries will come the following weekend at the Norisring in Germany.

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