Nick Cassidy: “Quite a nice way to finish the championship”

Nick Cassidy - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Nick Cassidy finished the FIA European Formula 3 Championship fourth in the standings, with a podium and a fourth place either side of a race two retirement at the Hockenheimring last weekend.

The Prema Powerteam driver was embroiled in a first lap tussle with team-mates Lance Stroll and Maximilian Günther at the German circuit in race one but ultimately was forced to settle for third, before retiring from race two after contact with another driver.

“At the start of race 1 I was third,” said Cassidy. “On the opening lap, I tried not to take too many risks and was second after the first lap. Eventually, I was then in third place. The fact that Prema drivers locked out the first four places in this race is a great performance and reflects how strong the team is.

“The second race didn’t go to plan from the first corner and I was unlucky with others around me, so now I look forward to do well tomorrow starting from P7.”

Cassidy finished fourth in the season finale, losing the podium position to Jake Hughes with just a couple of laps remaining, and although the Kiwi driver admitted he did not have the pace to hold off the Carlin driver, he was happy with how his season ended.

“Quite a nice way to finish the championship,” said Cassidy. “I did a good first lap and posted some consistent lap times in P3. We used our oldest tires, fighting with cars with newer ones.

“Then in the end, although I lost P3, I think fourth was the maximum we could do and I also recovered fourth in the championship.”