After regaining 2nd place of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, our young racing talent, Maximilian Günther states clearly:
“The championship is not over yet!”
During the DTM-race weekend at the traditional Norisring, the FIA Formula 3 European championship concluded the first half of the season. For Maximilian Günther it was an important weekend, apart from securing 25 points towards the championship for P3 and P5, he finished on podium for the sixth time in 2016, but also some of his school teachers were at the Norisring to present him with his high school diploma.
By only 15 thousandths of a second, Maxi missed Pole Position, but he drove once again to the podium on Saturday and said: “I made a strong start, was up there with the leaders and managed the gap between the car in front of me and the one behind really well. We made a couple of changes to setup, and I felt extremely comfortable in the car. This third place means vital points towards the championship. Yes, there are good places to overtake at the Norisring, but all of them are associated with huge risk. It therefore made more sense to secure the points for third place rather than risk another retirement.”
In Sunday’s race Maxi finished a strong 5th and thus tightened his grip on second place in the championship: “I pushed from fourth place on the grid, trying to fight my way up into P3 but lost fourth place as a result. Then came the red flag. From that point on, I tried to secure the points while still keeping an eye on the podium. The drivers running different engines to me were able to exit the final turn really well, which made overtaking there extremely difficult without taking too many risks. I clinched important points with my fifth place and even extended my lead on my immediate competitors for second place in the championship!”
Looking back at the first half of the season, Maxi reflects: “What’s important to me is that the championship is not yet over. There are still a lot of points to be won. I’m pleased with Prema Powerteam and very happy. We’ve produced strong performances in qualifying and have also won races. That’s the positive side of things. Of course, we’ve also been unlucky, and that has cost us points. The first half of the season hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been a good one. We still have half a season ahead of us, during which we will endeavour to correct one or two things.”
Christian Seitz, Neuschwansteiner CEO and founder said: “Well done, Maxi! Congratulations, we were hoping to get to take some more pictures with you and new podium trophies – and so we did! We wish good luck for the upcoming test at the Hockenheimring!”
Watch this space as we will soon have more news as he has an exciting trip coming up and of course his birthday is just around the corner!
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Pictures curtesy of Mario Bartkowiak, Prema/Suer