European F3: Spielberg Preview

Source: Snaplap

The penultimate round of this year’s FIA Formula Three European Championship will be taking place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Championship leader and series rookie Lando Norris (Carlin) heads into the weekend knowing he has a mathematical chance of securing the drivers’ title.

Norris’ closest challenger Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) is currently 73 points behind and hasn’t won since the first race at the Norisring during the opening weekend of July.

Third placed Joel Eriksson (Motopark) has experienced a similar drought, with the Swede’s most recent triumph taking place in the final race at the Hungaroring in mid-June.

Further down the order, British drivers Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) and Jake Hughes (Hitech GP) will be confident of their chances in Austria having challenged consistently for victory last time out at the Nürburgring, with the latter claiming his maiden win in the series.

Furthermore, 17-year-old Devlin DeFrancesco will be replacing Ameya Vaidyanathan at Carlin for the rest of the season.

The Canadian driver finished fifth in last year’s British Formula Four Championship, recording three victories in the process, and is currently fourth in the EuroFormula Open Championship, behind Vaidyanathan in third.

Speaking about the opportunity, DeFrancesco stated “It’s a great championship – it’s going to be a big challenge for my first weekend in the series but also a good experience for me,” with team boss Trevor Carlin describing him as a “extremely passionate racer”.

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