Lando Norris travels to the Hungaroring for the latest FIA Formula 3 European Championship races next weekend aiming for further success in his maiden F3 season. The 17-year-old is tied for the championship lead on points with Joel Eriksson, the McLaren-Honda Young Driver having scored seven podiums, including two wins, after starting all the previous nine races from the front row of the grid.
At the previous event at Pau, Norris was making his début on the street circuit. He nevertheless achieved two second placings and was on course to win the Pau Grand Prix until a front suspension failure on his Carlin-entered Dallara-Volkswagen sidelined the 2016 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner. The 2.72-mile Hungaroring located near Budapest will not be new to Lando who achieved two “poles” and a race win there last year in Formula Renault NEC.
Hungary is the fourth event of the season featuring the 10th, 11th and 12th races in the 30-race championship which concludes in October. Eriksson and Norris have scored 139-points with Maximilian Günther third just two points behind with Callum Ilott fourth on 130pts. Lando is leading the Rookie standings by 36-points.
Lando Norris: “I’m not thinking about the championship, it’s far too early – all I want to do is to win more races. Carlin have been faultless all season, providing me with a car capable of winning in each race so far. I like the Hungaroring. I raced there for the first time in Renaults last year, starting from pole twice and scoring a victory. There’s a nice flow of medium and high-speed corners and the configuration seems to suit my style of driving. The official pre-season F3 test there went well for me and I’ll definitely enjoy going back. My ‘starts’ have improved with the one I made in the last race at Pau undoubtedly the best of the season. After the disappointment of the last race, the next three races can’t come soon enough for me.”