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Buller and T-Sport part ways

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

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After four rounds of the 2013 European F3 season, Will Buller and the ThreeBond with T-Sport squad have announced the Brit’s departure from the squad.

The 20-year-old racer from Nothern Ireland has cited the inability to run at the front as the primary reason for the separation, which appears to be amicable. In the standings, Buller lies in 11th, with fourth at the Monza season opener remaining as his best finish.

“The relationship with William has been very successful, but we are still unable to qualify in the top six, which is essential for success in Formula 3”, stated team principal Russel Eacott.?It’s a shame the partnership has not worked out for all parties but we wish William all the best in his future racing career.”‘

Buller himself made the following statement: “I was very excited after the pre-season testing for the 2013 campaign, but after the first four rounds of the championship it has proven very difficult to achieve our goal of running at the front of the grid. I have no doubt that T-Sport will get there over time as a result of some great people within, but I feel the campaign is more likely to take two years rather than one, and therefore to achieve my own personal goals we have to review my options. We were delighted that Russell understood our issues and the fact that he was totally supportive reflects the ethos of the company in developing drivers.”

2013 marks Buller’s fourth year in F3 racing, with him having won in British F3, F3 Euro Series and GP3 over his career. Recently, the Brit was unveiled as part of Fortec’s British F3 lineup and could be joining them for their European F3 effort as well. T-Sport, meanwhile, will reportedly only field Spike Goddard for the Red Bull Ring round, but, according to Autosport and other sources, have drivers lined up for the subsequent outings.