Colton Herta: “I’m overall happy with the weekend”

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Up-and-coming American star Colton Herta saw his chances of a second podium finish of the Silverstone weekend and perhaps his first victory of the EuroFormula Open season disappear in a lap three clash with championship leader Leonardo Pulcini.

The Carlin driver had started the race from pole position, his first in the championship, but a sluggish start had left him third, but Pulcini’s attack at Abbey cost them both a shot at the podium, with Herta retiring and Pulcini finishing at the back of the field.

Despite the outcome of Sunday’s race, Herta was happy with the progress his team have been making this year, and felt taking his first podium finish of the year on Saturday made it a good weekend overall.

“I don’t think anyone was expecting that,” said Herta to The Checkered Flag on Sunday. “We should have been near the front where we were, and we were just an innocent victim really, just tagged in the rear, not much to say as it ended our race.

“We were very quick this weekend, P2 in qualifying yesterday, P2 in the race, and then on pole today, so I’d say I’m overall happy with the weekend.

“We’ve improved the car to where we should be running now, and now I’m excited for the Red Bull Ring. For sure there’s been improvement, and for sure we’ll be on the top step in time.”