It was a perfect Easter finale for Prema today at Silverstone. In Race 3 of the 2017 FIA F.3 European Championship opener, the team was able to secure their first win of the year in spectacular fashion. Starting from the pole, Callum Ilott was the man of the day. Despite being passed by one of his contenders on the opening lap, the British ace caught back rapidly and pulled an amazing outside move for the lead.
Finishing in P4 was German Maximilian Günther, who managed to bring home more valuable points despite struggling with slightly older tires. In a positive weekend, he posted three points finishes. Ilott and Günther are standing second and fourth in the driver championship .
The other two Prema drivers suffered from bad luck. Ferrari Driver Academy graduate Guan Yu Zhou retired due to contact damage while Mick Schumacher recovered from an early spin but collected a piece of debris which forced him to content with P18.
# 3 - Maximilian Günther
“I had a really good start and went from P4 to P3 but already from the beginning I did not have a great feeling with the car also having some used tires while the others had two new. The balance was not ideal and I finished P4, but it’s another good points finish. For sure it was not our target but we got good points this weekend and we will come back stronger for sure.”
# 8 - Guanyu Zhou “I was at the inside of the last chicane when Ralf Aron tried to overtake me on the outside without giving me any space. We therefore touched damaging my front suspension forcing e to retire. It is quite a shame but I can't wait to go back on track at Monza.”
# 25 - Mick Schumacher
“All in all I am satisfied with how the weekend went for me, even if I am obviously not happy about the mistake I did in the third race which cost me a much better position. Unfortunately I picked up a pod wing from the track which prevented me from making up ground again. However, I am travelling home with a good feeling and already look forward to travelling to Monza.”
# 53 - Callum Ilott
“I had a good start but Joel got away better again. It was a similar first lap to yesterday, he managed to pass me but I was a lot quicker this time and tires were a lot better up to temp. I managed to stay with him for the first five laps and keep applying pressure until he made a mistake. I managed to get a better exit on the back straight, gaining the slipstream and getting him on the outside. From that moment on I just managed the gap and pulled away”.