Joel Eriksson continued his impressive start to his rookie season in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship by taking two podium finishes in completely different weather conditions last weekend at the Hungaroring.
Eriksson claimed third in the dry opening race on Saturday, and followed that up with a runners-up spot in the very wet Sunday finale, and felt his Motopark car had performed well all weekend long in all conditions.
“It’s hard to believe I’m actually going away from here in third place in the overall standings, but it’s still very early in the season and it doesn’t really matter too much at the moment,” said Eriksson.
“It’s been a good weekend. We’ve had great pace, the car has been kind on the tyres, and we managed to make the podium in both wet and dry conditions. I’m really pleased and I get more and more comfortable in the car with every race.”
The Swede reflected on the missed opportunity of points in race two after being forced to retire with front wing damage, caused by what he thinks was one of the Hungaroring kerbs, but despite this he feels happy with how his season has begun.
“I can’t be entirely satisfied with this weekend given what happened in Race 2,” revealed Eriksson. “I lost some valuable points there.
“The front wing simply broke – it was probably damaged over a kerb – but that’s just motor racing sometimes. All in all, however, the beginning to this season has been great, and I will keep on working as hard as I can to get my first win.”