Lando Norris has vowed to get his FIA Formula 3 European Championship title bid back on track next month (1-2 Jul). The next three races are staged at the Norisring with the British teenager heading to Germany aiming to bounce back after suffering disappointment in the last event staged in Hungary (17-18 Jun).
The McLaren-Honda Young Driver could only manage eighth, 14th and fourth positions on the road in races one, two and three respectively at the 2.72-mile Hungaroring. It marked the first time this season that the championship “rookie” had not scored at least two podium finishes and set a fastest race lap at an FIA F3 Euro series event. Hungary also marked the first time Lando had started an F3 race from anything other than the front row of the grid such has been the Carlin driver’s incredible start to his first full F3 season.
Norris has now gone from jointly leading the series on points to lying fourth in the overall standings but just 25-points behind the leader. Nevertheless, the BRDC SuperStar knows he must get back to winning ways and add to his already impressive seven podium finishes from 12 races. And despite the 1.43-mile track being completely new to him, Lando is confident that like at Pau in May which was also a new venue – where he finished second twice and looked set the win the Grand Prix – he will quickly learn the track and get up to pace.
Commenting on the weekend Lando said
“I need to get back to scoring big points to keep my title challenge on track and that’s what I’m setting out to do at the Norisring. There’s no denying that Hungary was a huge disappointment but we’ll bounce back – and that starts in Germany next month.
Qualifying on Friday evening in Hungary was a big struggle on a wet track. I pitted for a change to the car and immediately made up over a second on the one flying lap I managed to get in afterwards. It was only good enough for P7 – one of my worst ‘qually’ results ever.
In the opening race, I was forced to concede places going into Turns 1 and 2. I saved my tyres for a few laps and overtook Mick [Schumacher] for eighth around the outside in to the first corner which was a really nice move. I had really good pace and caught P7 but couldn’t quite get ahead. “
My car felt very good in the second qualifying session. The pace was good enough for ‘pole’ but I made too many mistakes. I stalled at the start of Race 2 which ruined my race straightaway then made a better start in Race 3 but still dropped a place. Norisring is next up and like Pau, it’s a venue that’ll be totally new to me. But I showed at Pau I am capable of learning a track quickly so I have no problem in that respect and I’m more determined than ever to have a successful weekend there after Hungary.”