Eriksson wins, Norris edges towards title
24 September 2017 – Motopark's Joel Eriksson ended his victory drought at the Red Bull Ring while McLaren-backed youngster Lando Norris edged closer to the European Formula 3 title with second position.
Eriksson led the standings earlier in the campaign, courtesy of four wins, but his most recent triumph came at the Hungaroring in June, as he gradually dropped out of contention for overall honours.
However, Eriksson bagged pole position for Race 2 in Austria and kept Norris at bay on the opening lap, before preserving his advantage over the remainder of the 33-minute race.
Norris remained in close contention, despite never being close enough to seriously challenge his rival, but added valuable points to his tally with second position.
Norris' lead over Maximilian Günther now stands at 82 points, after the Prema driver took a low-key seventh place; if Norris' advantage is at least 75 after Race 3, he will be crowned champion.
Norris will start second for Sunday's final race of the weekend, behind Eriksson, with Günther set to line up sixth.
Occasional Force India tester Nikita Mazepin finished third, seven seconds behind the lead duo, ahead of Race 1 winner Callum Ilott and Carlin's Jehan Daruvala.
Hitech pair Ralf Aron and Jake Hughes took sixth and seventh respectively, in front of the aforementioned Günther, who was unable to make much ground off the back of a sub-par qualifying performance.
However, Hughes was given a 10-second time penalty for forcing Ferdinand Habsburg wide, dropping him to 13th, and moving his rivals up one position each.
Günther held ninth for much of the race, and had to fend off a spirited attack from Joey Mawson, but moved up a place on the final lap when Habsburg went wide while trying to pass Hughes.
Günther was thus promoted to seventh in the wake of Hughes' sanction, with Mawson eighth, Habsburg, after his Hughes-inflicted gravel excursion, in ninth, while Mick Schumacher rounded out the top 10.
1. Lando Norris - 411 points
2. Maximilian Günther - 329 points
3. Joel Eriksson - 308 points
Sunday's Race 3 will begin at 16:55 local time