Rookie power continued to rule today at Norisring as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship lined-up for race 2 and 3 at the German street course. After securing his maiden series win yesterday, 17-year-old New Zealander Marcus Armstrong got a second and a third place today. Armstrong headlined the five-car PREMA Theodore Racing line-up this weekend and is leaving Germany with a solitary lead in the overall driver standings. On the other hand, the Prema banner keeps flying high atop the team standings.
A fellow FDA racer, Chinese Guanyu Zhou, secured a fourth place in race 3 at the end of a really hard-fought run, rebounding from a tough race 2 where he was involved in some early attrition. Ralf Aron also recovered well in the eventful final race of the weekend, which featured multiple safety car interventions and a red flag. The Estonian posted a sixth place after struggling a bit in race 2.
Russian Robert Shwartzman experienced a rough ride this morning . Starting from the pole, he was pushed into the wall by another driver who was later penalized. In the afternoon, he fought back to a seventh place. Mick Schumacher delivered two outstanding comebacks starting from a double P20 spot. The German racer grabbed two top-10 finishes with amazing starts and great battling but was later penalized for a contact in race 3 which deprived him of 8th place.
# 1 - Guanyu Zhou
"In race 2 I was fighting for P8 after a good first couple of laps, but another car locked wheels, coming straight to me, and I had to avoid the collision which cost me four spots. Race 3, in general, was good yet a bit unlucky at the start. I had a nice jump but then Vips pushed me towards the wall so I lost to positions. I managed to get my spot back. I came close to getting on the podium but, in general, this wasn't the best weekend."
# 4 - Mick Schumacher
"After yesterday's stuggles in qualifying, we had two comebacks from the 20th place on the grid. In race 2, I scored a good points finish, while in race 3, despite crossing the line in eighth place, I was penalized for a contact. We now look forward to getting back in shape at Zandvoort in three weeks."
# 7 - Ralf Aron
"The day was not as good as expected because we were lacking pace, but at least we recovered in race 3 when I was able to use the re-start to my advantage. We are strong in high-speed corners so I'm confident for Zandvoort , but we need to do work hard for Spa."
# 8 - Marcus Armstrong
"I am extremely pleased. I came in this weekend with the goal of getting as many points as possible as it was a new track to me like Pau and Hungaroring. In race 2 we saved the tires for the afternoon, while in race 3 we lacked a little bit of grip but still ended up on the podium. We weren't the quickest in the early stages and unfortunately, there wasn't a middle and an ending part due to all the incidents. Anyway, I wasn't really expecting to be where I am so early but it's a positive thing. Heading to the tracks that we know, we will take advantage."
# 10 - Robert Shwartzman
"There isn't much to say for race 2 when I was pushed in the wall by another driver and couldn't take advantage of my pole position. In race 3 we grabbed a points finish and a rookie podium, but there's still work ahead to prepare for Zandvoort."