Ben Barnicoat: “Conditions were extremely difficult”


Ben Barnicoat secured his and Hitech GP’s first FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory during Sunday’s wet final race at the Hungaroring.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton was delighted with the outcome in tricky conditions after inheriting the lead when Hitech team-mate George Russell collided with race leader Maximilian Günther while the two battled for the lead.

Barnicoat surviving the subsequent safety car period and restart to secure the win and move up to seventh in the championship, with the twenty-five points more than doubling his tally he had achieved in the opening five races of 2016.

“It was a fantastic race and I am really delighted with my maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win,” said Barnicoat after the race on Sunday.

“Once racing got underway, I was able to benefit from a mistake by Nick Cassidy and I overtook him. Then, I also went past Guanyu Zhou and I was third until Maximilian Günther and George Russell suddenly collided in front of me.

“Conditions were extremely difficult, it was slippery and at times it was almost impossible to see anything due to the spray from drivers in front.”