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Joel Eriksson: “It’s been a strong weekend for us here”

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Joel Eriksson - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Joel Eriksson took two podium finishes away from the Imola weekend, and felt it was a strong weekend for the whole Motopark outfit at the Italian track.

The Swedish driver extended his lead in the rookie standings after finishing third during Saturday’s opening race, before following that up with a second and a fifth in Sunday’s final two races, and made some great moves across the weekend, with one move around the outside of Nick Cassidy at Tamburello standing out.

Eriksson believed Lance Stroll was too quick for everyone all weekend, with the Swede being denied pole position when officials reinstated a lap from Stroll that had initially been deemed illegal due to track limits for race two.

“It’s been a strong weekend for us here at Imola,” says Joel Eriksson. “We recorded two podiums, scored a lot of points, and were competitive throughout.

“I came close to starting the second race from pole, which obviously could have changed a couple of things, but in the end Lance was probably a bit too quick anyway and I think we got the maximum out of what we had.

“There’s one round to go this season, at one of my favourite tracks, and I’m more than ready for it. We had a very strong test at Hockenheim earlier this year, and I’ve always gone well there in the past.

“It’s looking good in the rookie standings at the moment, but it would be foolish to take anything for granted. It will be an interesting finale, that’s for sure.”

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