Joel Eriksson ready to defend championship lead after rain-hit Monza test

Joel Eriksson acquainted himself with Italy’s famous “Temple of Speed” – the Autodromo Nazionale Monza – for the first time of his career on Wednesday, as preparations for round two of the FIA F3 European Championship got off to an early start with a day of official testing at the Lombardy track.

Eriksson heads into this weekend’s races at Monza holding a small lead in the championship standings, and racked up 55 laps around the 5.793 km Grand Prix circuit in Wednesday’s pre-event test – which saw running take place exclusively in wet conditions.

The Team Motopark Swede went fourth fastest in the morning session, but wound up only 16th on the day’s aggregate timesheets after the weather improved in the afternoon. With varied amounts of water at different points throughout the two sessions, however, outright times were of little guidance in terms of judging relative performance – and Eriksson is confident going into the weekend.   

“It’s good to have got some laps in the system here at Monza, even though the weather wasn’t great today,” says Joel Eriksson. “It’s been consistently wet, but to different degrees, so it’s hard to draw any real conclusions. I still haven’t driven a lap around here in the dry, so in that respect I didn’t get what I was hoping for from this test. We also had some small issues with the car, but nothing dramatic. I think the track is fun to drive and I’m looking forward to racing here in a few days.” 

F3 activities at Monza will resume on Friday, with two practice sessions and the first of the weekend’s two qualifying showdowns. Weather forecasts predict continued unstable conditions throughout the remainder of the week, adding further spice to the next chapter of the 2017 season. 
 

Results: official test, 26 April
Download: entry list – Rd. 2 – Monza

 

TIME TABLE

FIA F3 European Championship | Rd. 2
 Monza, Italy

All times local – GMT+02:00
 

Friday 28/4
Free Practice 1: 12.00-12.40
Free Practice 2: 12.45-13.25
Qualifying 1: 17.00-17.20

Saturday 29/4
Race 1: 11.05-11.40
Qualifying 2: 16.45-17.05

Sunday 30/4
Race 2: 11.00-11.35
Race 3: 15.15-15.50

 

TV / live stream
FIA F3 European Championship races are broadcast throughout a wide network of TV stations. Click here to find out where to watch in your part of the world. All races are also transmitted LIVE at www.fiaf3europe.com/live, with Eurosport airing a highlights package in the days following each round. 

Live timing
Live timing for each session of the 2017 FIA F3 European Championship is available at www.fiaf3europe.com/live.

Website/Facebook
Reports, pictures, results and information will be published at www.joelerikssonracing.com and Joel Eriksson’s official Facebook page throughout the weekend.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (top five)
After 3 of 30 races

1: Joel Eriksson (SWE), 55 p.
2: Callum Ilott (GBR), 43 p.
3: Lando Norris (GBR), 42 p.
4: Maximilian Günther (GER), 39 p.
5: Jake Dennis (GBR), 38 p.

For complete standings, click here.

 

ABOUT THE CIRCUIT

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy

Lap length: 5.793 km
Opened: 1922

Monza FIA F3 EC data
Lap record:
 1m44.082s (C.Leclerc, ’15)

Latest event: 2015
Most recent winners (2015):
F.Rosenqvist/F.Rosenqvist/F.Rosenqvist