Norris targets hat-trick in Formula 3 finale
12 October 2017 – McLaren-backed Lando Norris is hoping to conclude his Formula 3 campaign with a hat-trick of wins, as he looks to clinch the title early on at Hockenheim this weekend.
Norris had an opportunity to wrap up the championship with one round to spare, but a last-lap collision in the final race at the Red Bull Ring left sole rival Maximilian Günther with a slender chance.
Günther has to win all three races to stand a chance of snatching the title, while Norris merely has to score three points to be assured of the crown.
Norris says he will not change his approach and hopes to cap his campaign with a trio of victories, a year on from making his debut at Hockenheim's 2016 finale.
"My goal for the final race meeting of the year is the same as for the other nine race weekends: I want to win all three races," said Norris, who is set to move into Formula 2 next year.
"I'd love to clinch the title in the first race and mathematically it's possible to do so.
"The first step on the way winning the race is a good performance in the first qualifying session and I'm convinced that we have got what it takes to battle it out for pole.
"I was already quick at Hockenheim in 2016 and Carlin provided me with a fast and reliable car throughout the season."
Günther accepted that beating Norris to the title is an unlikely proposition, but is optimistic of ending his season on a positive note.
"I know that my title chances aren't exactly promising but I will nonetheless give it my very best and will – like always – focus on my own performance," he said.
"No matter how the fight for the title will end, I want to shine by securing several good results in the season finale – if possible with three wins."