European F3: Hockenheim Preview


Lando Norris (Carlin) only needs to score a solitary point across the weekend’s three races at Hockenheim, in order to win this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Norris was in third place on the final lap of the third race at the previous round in Spielberg, but was the victim of a last lap crash with Ralf Aron (Hitech GP) and thus Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) is still mathematically in the hunt, 74 points behind him on 339 points, with 75 available.

However, Günther’s chances of snatching the title from under Norris’ nose remain very slim. Therefore, it is essential for the German driver to win all three races and hope that the championship leader miraculously doesn’t score any points. Furthermore, Günther has failed to take the chequered flag since winning at the Norisring in the beginning of July.

Behind Günther in the championship, Joel Eriksson (Motopark, 333 points) and Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 297 points) will both be looking to outscore him over the three races, in their respective bids to finish the season as runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship.

Norris also leads his Carlin team-mate Jehan Daruvala by 74 points in the Rookie Championship. The Indian driver will need to be the first of the rookies to cross the line in all three races, and like Günther, he hopes that the McLaren junior somehow fails to finish in the top ten.

All the practice and qualifying sessions, in addition to the races, will be streamed live on the FIA European F3’s official YouTube channel over the course of the weekend.