F3: VW driver Norris European champion, Eriksson second overall

Lando Norris © DR

Lando Norris (GB) is the Formula 3 European Champion*. The 17-year-old Brit from the Volkswagen customer team Carlin clinched the title on Saturday after the first of three races at the finale in Hockenheim (D). Finishing in second place behind Volkswagen brand colleague Joel Eriksson (S, Team Motopark) saw Norris lay claim to the drivers’ championship in the most important junior series in Europe.

Eriksson clinched the unofficial “runners-up” title with his seventh win of the season in race one, fourth place in race two and second place in the third place. His haul of 55 points from three races saw the Swede overtake the Mercedes driver Maximilian Günther (D), who was in second place overall ahead of the Hockenheim weekend and despite his victory in race three, brought home eleven points fewer than Eriksson. Norris’ team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg had another reason to celebrate. The Austrian finished third in race one, joining Norris and Eriksson to complete the Volkswagen-only podium.

Lando Norris (GB), F3 Dallara Volkswagen-Spiess #31 : « “Going into the season, my team and I weren’t counting on winning this title, but we worked hard and this is the well-deserved reward. However, my rivals, including Maximilian Günther, made things very difficult for me. Which is just one of the reasons that this title is the most important one in my career to date.” »