Joel Eriksson: “We should be fairly pleased with this weekend”

Joel Eriksson - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Joel Eriksson admitted that neither he nor his Motopark team were able to match the pace of Prema Powerteam at the Nurburgring, and was happy to settle for a podium finish in race two and an extended lead in the rookie standings.

The Swede, who earlier this season joined the BMW young drivers programme, scored points in all three races, taking seventh in race one and sixth in race three, either side of his sixth visit to the podium in 2016 in race two.

Eriksson now leads Anthoine Hubert by 27 points in the rookie standings with six races remaining, and is sixth in the overall standings on 165 points, 41 ahead of seventh placed Hubert.

“All in all, I think we should be fairly pleased with this weekend,” said Eriksson. “We didn’t have the pace to challenge the top Prema cars for the wins at this track, which I think is one of their strongest and probably not my best, but we gave it our all and in the end it was enough for the podium.

“My main target this weekend was extending my lead in the rookie standings, which I did, so in terms of that we can be really happy. We’ll sit down and analyse this next week and try to do even better in the next race.”