Callum Ilott: “We win and lose as a team”

Callum Ilott - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Callum Ilott endured a tough conclusion to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season as he failed to convert three top ten starts into points, with the second race in particular frustrating for the Briton after being excluded through no fault of his own.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver qualified seventh, fifth and third in the three races at the Hockenheimring but contact with Mikkel Jensen ended his opener after just three laps, and then was excluded from race two when his car failed to provide the mandatory 1kg of fuel post race after finishing third on the road.

Ilott lost ground straight-away at the start of race three after a difficult first lap that involved him being pushed off circuit at least twice by rivals, before balance issues saw the Briton pull into the pits to retire when well out of contention for points, and his first pointless weekend of the season saw him drop to sixth place in the final standings.

“We win and lose as a team,” said Ilott after the conclusion of the final weekend of the season. “I showed that I have the speed to win races but at the end of the day we didn’t show the consistency needed to finish higher in the championship.

“I would like to congratulate Lance Stroll and wish him well in F1 next year. As for me, I’ll be working hard during the off-season and will be back next year looking to use my experiences from this season to move forward once again.”