Ticktum takes FIA F3 lead
Daniel Ticktum took the FIA Formula 3 European Championship lead as he secured the victory in the first of this weekend’s three races at Silverstone circuit, whilst Prema Theodore Racing’s Marcus Armstrong, who came to Silverstone as the points’ leader, finished sixth.
At his home track, Motorpark’s Ticktum finished ahead of Carlin’s Sacha Fenestraz and Hitech Bullfrog GP’s Enaam Ahmed. Fenestraz took the lead at the start, initially followed by Guanyu Zhou, but the Chinese lost second place to Ticktum on the opening lap. Fenestraz thus led from Ticktum, Zhou and Mick Schumacher.
After five laps, Jonathan Aberdein closed the gap to Schumacher, who was no longer able to keep up with the drivers in front of him. One lap later, the German retired with a puncture and Aberdein inherited fourth place.
Out in front, Ticktum overtook Fenestraz for the lead with an exciting duel on lap 15 and then drove an undisputed victory home. Zhou retired with a puncture just a little bit later, which promoted Aberdein to third. However, he wasn’t able to bring this position home: following a full-course yellow after Ralf Aron’s car had spun, he dropped back to fifth behind Amhed and Vips.
“Winning on home soil is a great feeling, I am very happy. Today, all drivers in the top three had a similar speed, so I knew that it was going to be difficult. Therefore, I had to use every chance“, said Ticktum, “Early on, I managed to overtake Guanyu on the outside and towards the end I benefited from the fact that Sacha’s tyres degraded. Now, I am leading the drivers’ standings again, but I am still working from race to race. When I would be thinking too much about a possible title win, I would be putting myself under pressure too much.”