European F3: Ilott takes first race in Spielberg



Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) claimed a convincing victory in Race 1 at Spielberg, ahead of Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam).

At the start, Eriksson moved into second place ahead of Günther and had a go at getting past pole sitter Ilott into Turn 2 but the British driver held position.

In the midfield pack, Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing) bumped into Nikita Mazepin (Hitech GP) under braking for Turn 2, resulting in the latter’s retirement with suspension damage.

In what was a mostly uneventful contest, Ilott fended off the Swede and built up a small gap en route to a comfortable win.

Eriksson and Günther completed the podium with the battle for fourth battle between championship leader Lando Norris (Carlin) beating Tadasuke Makino (Hitech GP) proving to be the only true encounter of the race.

Norris initially conceded the position to Makino on the opening lap, and with three laps to go, the two of them went wheel to wheel around multiple corners and ended with the Japanese driver being forced off line and yielding the position to Norris.

Speaking after the race, race winner Ilott discussed events from his point of view: “It’s been a really good weekend so far, I’ve always really enjoyed this track – it’s probably my favourite to get a trophy on for some other reasons! (He left the Red Bull junior scheme in 2015).

“I struggled a bit off the line, and Joel was able to challenge me, but he snatched a wheel and went straight and I was able to get a better exit.”


FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Five Starting Grid:

1 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam. 1:23.301 2 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:23.317
3 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 1:23.496 4 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 1:23.548
5 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP, 1:23.574 6 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 1:23.585
7 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 1:23.588 8 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:23.651
9 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 1:23.717 10 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 1:23.728
11 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:23.624* 12 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:23.744
13 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, 1:23.694* 14 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:23.775
15 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 1:23.888 16 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 1:23.998
17 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin, 1:24.189 18 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 1:24.413
19 Petru Florescu (ROM), Motopark, 1:25.132 20 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 1:23.727^
*Three Place Grid Penalty for Incidents at Nürburgring; ^Ten Place Grid Penalty for Engine Change


FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Five Official Classification:

Pos. Driver (Nationality), Team Laps Time/Reason for Retirement
1 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam 25 34:59.668
2 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark 25 +1.828
3 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam 25 +5.141
4 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin 25 +8.940
5 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP 25 +10.119
6 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin 25 +14.599
7 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam 25 +15.598
8 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark 25 +19.574
9 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam 25 +21.330
10 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing 25 +22.568
11 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP 25 +23.249
12 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP 25 +24.046
13 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin 25 +28.725
14 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark 25 +37.367
15 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark 25 +38.517
16 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin 25 +39.402
17 Petru Florescu (ROM), Motopark 25 +1:10.427
18 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing 24 +1 Lap
19 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing 23 +2 Laps
Not Classified
Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP 3 Suspension Damage; Collison with Newey