Charles Leclerc: “I enjoyed my weekend”

Charles Leclerc continued his strong rookie FIA European Formula 3 Championship season with a composed trio of races at the Norisring in Germany last weekend.

The French Van Amersfoort Racing driver took his first outright pole position of the season for race 1 and converted that into his fourth victory of the year, before finishing third in race two and fourth in race three to extend his championship lead to 42.5 points with five events to go.

“It was my first time here at the Norisring and I enjoyed my weekend,” revealed Leclerc. “We had a good level of performance from Friday on and we were able to fight for the top spots the whole weekend.

“I’m very happy about my fourth win of the season, and I think we had the speed to win race 2 as well, but I had to settle for third after some nice racing manoeuvres.

“To be honest, I didn’t have Maximilian [Günther] on my list of potential winners. After all, he only started from twelfth place on the grid. The race was very close and great fun.

“Just before the end, I locked up under braking on the bumps and Alexander [Albon] flashed past. However, Maximilian was even faster and overtook us all, because we had left a gap on the inside.

“I look forward to keep scoring more points to increase the gap to my competitors. A big thank you to my team and Volkswagen for the great work once again.”