Joel backed up yesterday’s victory with another visit to the Silverstone podium in the final race of the weekend, taking second place behind Callum Ilott on Sunday morning to leave the season-opener with an early championship lead.
The first lap of the race transpired almost like a photocopy of yesterday’s encounter, with Joel again working his way into the lead from third on the grid after yet another overtaking move around the outside of pole-sitter Ilott at the Brooklands left-hander.
Unlike yesterday, however, Joel was not able to pull away from his Prema Powerteam rival on this occasion, and instead came under significant pressure from the Briton.
Ilott eventually used the slipstream on Hangar Straight to drag alongside Joel into Stowe, demoting him to second.
Joel then consolidated his position throughout the remainder of the race, keeping Race 1 winner Lando Norris at bay to pick up another 18 points and extend his overall championship lead.
“Another very solid and good race for us points-wise, but the car felt a lot worse today. I had really massive oversteer – not exaggerating – and I just couldn’t keep up with Ilott today. They were quicker, but I think I made the most of what we had and so I’m relatively pleased nonetheless. It’s great to go away from here leading the championship, especially as this was a new track to me, but it’s still early days and we’ll have to keep improving race by race.”
RESULTS – Race 3
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WHERE IT HAPPENS
Lap length: 5.901 km
Silverstone FIA F3 EC data
Lap record: 1m51.498s (C.Leclerc, ’15)
Latest event: 2015
Most recent winners (2015):