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Jun 18

Victory brings Joel Eriksson back into points’ lead (updated)

“Of course, I am happy with the fact that I am now back in the lead of the championship”

Victory brings Joel Eriksson back into points’ leadJoel Eriksson (Motopark) came to the Hungaroring as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader and after the three races of the weekend in Hungary, he also headed home in the lead of the standings, in spite of having lost first place to Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) on the day before.

Event: 04 Hungaroring
Session: Race 3
Track: Hungaroring / HUN
Pole position: Joel Eriksson (Motopark)
Race winner: Joel Eriksson (Motopark)
Weather: sunny, 26.8 °C

At the 4.381 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit near the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Eriksson won the twelfth race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season from Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) and Lando Norris (Carlin). Maximilian Günther, who was the points’ leader going into this race, took the finish flag in sixth place.

Joel Eriksson started the race from pole position, made the best use of his first place on the grid and led the field into the first corner. In the following laps, the BMW junior driver extended his advantage over his rivals and celebrated an undisputed victory.

Behind the Swede, Callum Ilott was delighted with his second place ahead of Lando Norris and Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam). The Chinese, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, especially had to defend his position against the best-placed rookie driver, McLaren junior Lando Norris (Carlin), which he only managed to do with cutting a chicane. After the race Zhou was therefore penalised with a five second time penalty for gaining an advantage, which left him in fourth position in the final classification.

David Beckmann (Motopark) repeated his fifth place from the eleventh race of the season, he took the chequered flag ahead of his fellow German Maximilian Günther. During the race, he didn’t manage to pull a decisive gap from last year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship runner-up. Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix), Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) also stayed closely behind the respective drivers in front of them, but didn’t get the chance to mount a challenge. Nikita Mazepin (Hitech Grand Prix) rounded out the top ten.

Joel Eriksson (Motopark): “With my poor performance in first qualifying and tenth place in the first race, I really had a week start of my weekend. Then, however, we worked hard and did our utmost to make the next two races more successful. Of course, I am happy with the fact that I am now back in the lead of the championship.”

Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam): “For me, this race was more exciting than the previous one, because my tyres degraded more. Basically, the speed was there to possibly attack Joel, but I had to be careful to keep my car on track. Therefore, I wasn’t able to attack Joel. Nevertheless, this weekend was very good for me, because I was able to score many points.”

source: FIA F3, fiaf3europe.com

 

Prema Powerteam R04 Hungaroring – Race 2 & 3 Report

The Prema team experienced another positive day at the Hungaroring track in the fourth round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, bringing home more silverware and valuable points for the series. In race 2, Callum Ilott dominated from start to finish securing his third win of the year before cruising to second place in race 3 to cap a great weekend for him. Guan Yu Zhou was also able to celebrate on the podium for the first time of 2017. The 18-year-old from Shanghai, driving under the Ferrari Driver Academy banner, scored a third and a fourth place on a racetrack that already brought him good success in the past.

After starting twice from P6, Maximilian Günther showcased great potential but had to settle for the same position at the end of the races. Despite being able to push hard and keep his rivals under pressure, the 19-year-old German paid the price of the lack of passing opportunities in Budapest but still got two valuable points finishes. Mick Schumacher improved his position in both race 2 and race 3 securing a rookie podium in the process. For him, as well as for Günther, the next round will be a home one at Norisring. In terms of the standings, Günther is second, five points off P1, and is followed by Ilott, while Prema holds a comfortable lead in the team championship.

# 3 – Maximilian Günther
“Starting from P6 in both races I tried to do everything I could to move towards the front but it is very difficult to overtake on this track. I tried to fight back in the first couple of corners but it was impossible to improve the position without taking crazy risks. I finished P6 twice, scoring good points for the championship. I’m P2 now, just five points away, and I got one pole and one win this weekend so I’m pretty satisfied. We know exactly in which direction we have to go to improve and I’m looking forward to the next races.”

# 8 – Guanyu Zhou
“In race 2 I started well and jumped in front of Norris. In the first couple of laps I tried to attack Eriksson but it was too difficult to overtake. So I saved the rear tires and controlled the pace, pushing mainly in the last sector so Hughes couldn’t overtake me on the straight. In race 3 I got another good start and I was right behind Callum. There were no real opportunities to go by so I stayed in P3. Then it was tough to keep Lando behind as he was really fast and aggressive but in the end it was good to score decent points. The next round will mark the halfway point of the championship and I’m sure there is more to come for us.”

# 25 – Mick Schumacher
“Today has been quite difficult as the speed was not entirely there and we were still lacking a bit of pace compared to Callum in race 2 and to the other guys in race 3. The races were pretty uneventful as there were no really big opportunities for overtaking unless the guy in front made a mistake which didn’t happen. In race 3 I got stuck in 11th position so no points but I’m sure we will move in the right direction for the next round.”

# 53 – Callum Ilott
“In race 2 the start was alright even if I didn’t have the jump I wanted and Joel put a bit of pressure on me. Then I edged a little bit away and after that it was just managing the tires to pull more and more of a gap. I could still push all the way through the race as I didn’t have as much degradation as I thought. In race 3 we struggled with degradation a little bit more so I focused on keeping the car on the track. Here it is very hard to get close enough to make a move so after the start it got pretty uneventful. Today was great day for the championship. I came here for points and I got points, so it’s a good weekend to come away from.”

source: premapowerteam.com

 

Prema Theodore Racing Triumphs at the Hungaroring 

Prema Theodore Racing has yet again had an outstanding weekend with multiple victories and pole positions.

Maximilian Günther started the fourth round on a high after dominating qualifying, claiming pole for Race 1. He cruised over the finish line taking the victory, making it his third win of the season.  For the remaining two races the German started on the third row and finished both races in P6. So far Günther has scored points in every race, finishing in the top seven since the season has begun.

After finishing in the top five in Race 1, Callum Illot nailed qualifying 2 putting himself on pole for Race 2 and a front row start for Race 3. Pulling away from his main rival at the start, the Brit held onto the lead by 8.6 seconds taking another win for the team. With an uneventful Race 3 Illot remained in P2 scoring crucial points.

Guanyu Zhou improved as the weekend continued finishing P7 in Race 1. The Ferrari Driver Academy star followed his top ten result with a double fourth place grid start for Race 2 and 3. Zhou ended the weekend on a high, stepping on the podium in third, followed by a fourth place finish in the last race of the weekend, showing skilful driving.

Creating good point scoring finishes for his debut at the Hungaroring, Mick Schumacher claimed P9 in the first and second race, then P11 in Race 3. Overall a solid performance was shown from the German over the course of the weekend.

The team now looks onto the next race in two weeks at Norisring on 01-02 July. Günther sits in second followed closely by Illot in the Drivers Championship, with Prema Theodore Racing holding onto the Constructors Championship.

# 3 – Maximilian Günther
“Starting from P6 in both races I tried to do everything I could to move towards the front but it is very difficult to overtake on this track. I tried to fight back in the first couple of corners but it was impossible to improve the position without taking crazy risks. I finished P6 twice, scoring good points for the championship. I’m P2 now, just five points away, and I got one pole and one win this weekend so I’m pretty satisfied. We know exactly in which direction we have to go to improve and I’m looking forward to the next races.”

# 8 – Guanyu Zhou
“In race 2 I started well and jumped in front of Norris. In the first couple of laps I tried to attack Eriksson but it was too difficult to overtake. So I saved the rear tires and controlled the pace, pushing mainly in the last sector so Hughes couldn’t overtake me on the straight. In race 3 I got another good start and I was right behind Callum. There were no real opportunities to go by so I stayed in P3. Then it was tough to keep Lando behind as he was really fast and aggressive but in the end it was good to score decent points. The next round will mark the halfway point of the championship and I’m sure there is more to come for us.”

# 25 – Mick Schumacher
“Today has been quite difficult as the speed was not entirely there and we were still lacking a bit of pace compared to Callum in race 2 and to the other guys in race 3. The races were pretty uneventful as there were no really big opportunities for overtaking unless the guy in front made a mistake which didn’t happen. In race 3 I got stuck in 11th position so no points but I’m sure we will move in the right direction for the next round.”

# 53 – Callum Ilott
“In race 2 the start was alright even if I didn’t have the jump I wanted and Joel put a bit of pressure on me. Then I edged a little bit away and after that it was just managing the tires to pull more and more of a gap. I could still push all the way through the race as I didn’t have as much degradation as I thought. In race 3 we struggled with degradation a little bit more so I focused on keeping the car on the track. Here it is very hard to get close enough to make a move so after the start it got pretty uneventful. Today was great day for the championship. I came here for points and I got points, so it’s a good weekend to come away from.”

source: Theodore Racing, theodoreracing.com

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