Our good friend Maximilian Günther joined Fangio, Ascari, Clark, Rindt, Hamilton – some of the most famous racing drivers in history who have established their reputation in the Grand Prix de Pau in the super competitive FIA Formula 3 European championship.
Since last weekend, the name of Maximilian Günther also appears in the winners’ list of this illustrious single-seater event, now into its 76th year, in the French city of Pau after he won the main race on Sunday May 21 2017.
Reigning European championship runner-up, 19-year-old Günther is the first German to have won the Grand Prix de Pau in six years and only the fifth in the history of the event.
The last time a fellow countryman claimed victory was in 2011 when two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann lifted the trophy.
“This victory is very important to me”
said Günther. “I came second in 2015 and have now managed to win here. It’s a special achievement.”
Günther enjoyed an all-round perfect FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend. In addition to the main race, the formula car prodigy also won the earlier race on Sunday, setting a new F3 lap record at the same time. Günther had already come third on Saturday, which meant that he finished on the podium in all three races on this ultra-challenging circuit.
In the world’s most competitive junior formula series, Günther is now within touching distance of the top. Only two points separate the 2017 Formula 3 championship runner-up from the current leader. The fourth weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will be held in four weeks’ time (17th – 18th June) at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
Max, how much does it mean to you to win the Grand Prix de Pau?
It’s such an incredible feeling! This was where I made my very first Formula 3 podium appearance in 2015 when I finished second. Since then, I’ve been fixated on someday winning this race. And that day has finally arrived. It’s really cool when you look at the list of previous race winners. It makes me mega proud to see my name up there alongside theirs. But I also have to say that the main focus was on the 25 points towards the championship.
What happens next?
We’ll continue to stay focused and see how we can raise our level even further. The competition is extremely tight, and we still have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Then we’re off to Budapest. In 2016, I qualified for pole position in all three races and also won. I like the circuit very much, and I’m convinced that we’re in with a shout this year as well.
Maxi enjoys the backing of Mercedes-Benz and is one of the brightest prospects among the current crop of single-seater juniors in Germany.
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The 2017 FIA Formula 3 European championship race schedule
|14/04/17 – 16/04/17||Silverstone (Great Britain)|
|29/04/17 – 30/04/17||Monza (Italy)|
|20/05/17 – 21/05/17||Grand Prix de Pau (France)|
|17/06/17 – 18/06/17||Hungaroring (Hungary)|
|01/07/17 – 02/07/17||Norisring (Germany)|
|28/07/17 – 29/07/17||Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)|
|19/08/17 – 20/08/17||Zandvoort (Netherlands)|
|09/09/17 – 10/09/17||Nürburgring (Germany)|
|23/09/17 – 24/09/17||Red Bull Ring (Austria)|
|14/10/17 – 15/10/17||Hockenheim (Germany)|