Callum Ilott delivered a home win for his Italian team Prema after a dominant lights to flag victory in the second weekend of the FIA European F3 Championship.
Race one had seen Ilott start fourth but early damage to the car after contact left him struggling for straight line speed. Thereafter, Carlin driver Jake Dennis, intent on keeping the team’s opposition behind him, successfully backed Ilott up into the pack of following drivers and into the lower points paying positions that ultimately resulted in a frustrating ninth place.
The weekend’s second race was another epic ‘Monza slipstreamer’ with Ilott again in the thick of the action throughout the race. Starting once more from fourth, Ilott made a good start but jostling saw him drop back and despite securing the fastest lap of the race, Ilott eventually finished seventh. A below par performance from the British driver.
The final race of the weekend held on Sunday afternoon in the Italian royal park saw Ilott deliver a performance of character. Starting third on the grid, the 18-year-old made a superb getaway to leapfrog the front row sitters and lead into the first chicane.
From there on in, Ilott controlled the race and was never under any real pressure in the 35-minute race. The win leaves him in the third spot in the championship standings and in touch with the other race winners from Silverstone and Monza, Joel Eriksson and Lando Norris.
“I’m really happy to get a win here, especially as it’s the home race for Prema,” said Ilott.
“We knew we had good pace but I delivered a mixed performance over the weekend and it was important I delivered a strong result in race three.
Looking at the quality of drivers in this year’s Championship I need to maximise opportunities in each race as every point is going to count.”