Joel Eriksson: “It could have been my first win in Formula 3”

Joel Eriksson - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Joel Eriksson was both angry and disappointed after seeing his chances of a maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory disappear when he was hit from behind by Callum Ilott during the opening race at the Norisring.

The Swedish driver was running at the front of the field having found a way passed Lance Stroll, and was looking comfortable leading when Ilott misjudged an overtake of his own on Stroll and rammed the Motopark driver at the first hairpin, eliminating both drivers on the spot.

The BMW Motorsport Junior hopes that the experience he suffered after the crash on Saturday is not repeated again in the future after being bitterly disappointed to lose the chance of his maiden European Formula 3 victory.

“What happened in the first race this weekend was massively, massively disappointing, and I hope that’s something I will never have to experience again,” said Eriksson.

“It was the perfect race until that point and I felt in good control, focussing on getting my exits right and driving within my limits. It could have been my first win in Formula 3, so it was extremely frustrating. I guess we proved a point, at least, which is always something.”