Norris wins at Silverstone
Lando Norris claimed a lights-to-flag maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone, making a good start from the pole position and leading to the chequered flag despite changeable conditions and several safety car periods. Team mate Jake Dennis made up several places to make it a Carlin 1-2, while Prema’s Callum Ilott spun off into the gravel and caused a second safety car period as the race got underway behind the safety car due to the rain.
When the racing recommenced, both Norris and Dennis made a strong restart to pull away from the field. But the contact of Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix) into the barriers brought out yet another safety car. Norris and Dennis mantained the first and second position. German Maximilian Günther (Prema) finished third.
Norris, who also set the fastest lap of the race, commented, “It wasn’t an easy race. With the track being wet in the first three laps it made it a bit tough. As Callum showed, it was pretty slippery. I took quite a few risks trying to break away and make a gap in the first few laps, but obviously my first priority was staying on the track. I’d pull a gap and then there would be a safety car. I’d pull another gap and there would be another safety car, so it wasn’t the most enjoyable of races. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll see some good racing.”
Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 champion Michael, made a brilliant debut and finished eight for Prema.