Ilott loses Hockenheim podium following fuel misjudgement


Callum Ilott - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Callum Ilott has lost the podium finish he earned during race two at the Hockenheimring on Saturday after a miscalculation from his Van Amersfoort Racing team left him short on fuel.

Championship rules mandate that 1kg of fuel is required to be within each car post-race, but Ilott came 20g short, but the shortfall means he has been excluded from the results.

The team blamed the issue on the fact that Ilott retired from the opening race of the day early after contact with Mikkel Jensen and as such were forced to guess what amount of fuel to put into the car. They also believed that the race went one lap longer than expected due to the cooler conditions making it a faster race second time around.

“It was just a mistake,” said team boss Fritz van Amersfoort to Autosport. “We even filled the car a bit more than usual. It is one of the first times I’ve ever had a car excluded for a ‘technical’ infringement, but rules are rules.”

The exclusion of Ilott promotes Mücke Motorsport’s racer David Beckmann to the podium, with Jake Hughes, Ralf Aron, George Russell, Anthoine Hubert, Maximilian Günther, Ben Barnicoat and Nikita Mazepin all gain positions inside the top ten.