Callum Ilott of Prema
Powerteam won the sixth race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season
at the 5.793 kilometres long Formula 1 track in the royal park of Monza in
Italy. It was the third race at the
Monza track, the first taking place on April 29, 2017 and races 2 and 3 taking
place on April 30, 2017.
The Brit finished ahead of his compatriot
Lando Norris (Carlin), who was the best-placed rookie in the field. Coming in
third was German Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam). But in the overall drivers’ standing in the FIA
Formula 3 European Championship it is Swede Joel Eriksson (Motopark) who remains
in the lead. Following his fourth-place finish, his margin over
Lando Norris as his closest rival has now been reduced to only one point.
In race 2 earlier in the day, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) scored a
victory from the two rookie drivers Lando Norris and Mick Schumacher (Prema
Powerteam). Incidentally, German Mick Schumacher, the son of Formula 1 record
world champion Michael Schumacher, scored his maiden overall podium finish in
the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
In race 1 the previous day which was also the fourth race of the
FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, British driver Lando Norris of
Carlin team defeated teammate Jehan Daruvala from India, who had started from
pole position. At the 5.793 kilometres long Monza Grand Prix circuit, Austrian
Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) finished third. While 17-year-old Norris already
scored his second win of the season, 18-year-old Daruvala and 19-year-old
Habsburg both scored their maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship podium
finishes in Race3.
Coming to the final race
(Race3) at Monza on the second day, Joel Eriksson had to make do with fourth
place. Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam) and Pedro
Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured fifth, sixth and seventh place in that
order, all of them having managed to overtake Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix).
The Estonian eventually finished eighth ahead of Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) and
Guanyu Zhou, who dropped back to tenth.
While in Race 1 the previous
day Jehan managed a podium, coming in 2nd, in Race 2 he slipped to 8th
and then to 9th position in Race 3 at Monza.
“In the first two races, we were still having
some problems. In the third race, however, things were going better after we
had made some changes on the brakes. Especially in the early stages, my wheels
were regularly locking up under braking. Later on, I managed to pull a slight
gap ahead of my rivals. Compared to Lando, I was faster in the second sector,
so that I was able to keep my margin at a consistent level for a long time,”
said Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam after the race.
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