Eriksson bounces back to extend F3 lead
18 June 2017 – Joel Eriksson edged clear of Maximilian Günther in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship during a largely processional weekend of racing at the Hungaroring, as the three leading title challengers shared wins.
Eriksson arrived in Hungary as the joint leader in the standings, along with Lando Norris, and recovered from a poor Race 1 to extend his advantage at the top of the championship.
Eriksson was caught out in a wet/dry qualifying session for Race 1 and started towards the back, recovering only to 10th, a result which left him adrift of new title leader Günther, who cruised to victory.
However, Günther could manage only a pair of low-key sixth places in both of the remaining races while Eriksson finished second to Callum Ilott on Sunday morning, before controlling the third and final affair.
Eriksson's win was his fourth of the campaign, enabling him to open a five-point gap back to Prema's Günther.
Ilott sandwiched his win with a fifth and a second, results which moved him into third overall, 21 points adrift of Eriksson, with McLaren protégé Norris relegated to fourth overall.
Norris' start malaise continued as he lost ground off the line in Races 1 and 2, coming home only eighth and 14th respectively, having tumbled back from third on the grid in the second encounter.
Norris finished fourth in the final race, though an attempted pass on Ferrari-backed youngster Guan Yu Zhou was placed under investigation, after the latter cut the chicane to stay ahead.
Zhou took third, backing up his Race 2 result, which was his first podium finish of the season, but was later handed a five-second time penalty, elevating Norris into the top-three.
Elsewhere, Jake Hughes and Jehan Daruvala both profited from troubles for the title contenders in Race 1 to finish second and third respectively.
1. Joel Eriksson - 183 points
2. Maximilian Günther - 178 points
3. Callum Ilott - 162 points
The next round of the season takes place at the Norisring from June 30-July 2