Ilott defeats Eriksson to take first Prema win

Callum Ilott took victory in race three at Silverstone - Credit: Paul Davies Photography

Callum Ilott gained revenge on Joel Eriksson to win race three on Sunday morning, in doing so becoming the third different driver to win this weekend at Silverstone.

Eriksson had performed an almost identical move on Ilott into Brooklands as he did in race two on Saturday to take the lead of the race on the opening lap, but unlike in yesterdays race, he could not stay there, with the Prema Powerteam driver sweeping around the outside into Stowe a few laps later.

Ilott then had the pace to pull away from the Motopark driver, who finished 6.815 seconds down as struggled to maintain the great pace of the British driver throughout the race.

Lando Norris completed the podium but again struggled at the start, dropping down from his front row slot to sixth, but found a way to pass Carlin team-mates Jake Dennis and Jehan Daruvala early before finding away ahead of Maximilian Günther through the Stowe/Vale/Club sequence of corners to recover to third.

However, despite having good pace and closing the gap to Eriksson, he could not get close enough to make a move on the Swede, and was forced to settle for third, but well clear of Günther, the Prema Powerteam driver unable to match the pace of his race winning team-mate.

Dennis again finished on the tail of Günther like he did during Saturday’s second race, while Daruvala enjoyed his best result of the weekend with sixth, the Indian racer staying in touch with the two ahead of him until near the end, but he had no pressure from behind.

Nikita Mazepin secured his first points of the weekend with seventh for Hitech Grand Prix, while Joey Mawson and Harrison Newey collected more points for Van Amersfoort Racing in eighth and ninth, with the final point of the weekend going to Ralf Aron.

It was a bad final race for Prema Powerteam duo Mick Schumacher and Guan Yu Zhou, who both found themselves facing the wrong way after spins at Stowe and Club respectively, the latter as a result of contact with Aron that saw the Chinese driver retire. Schumacher fell to the back of the field, and was unable to make any progress, his best lap of the race well off that of anyone else.

But the racing was good up and down the field, and with three different winners from three different teams, it bodes well for the season. Ilott, Eriksson and Norris have raised the bar, but there are plenty of drivers who can join them.

Silverstone Race 3 Result

153Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam35:32.355
21Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+6.815s
331Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+7.626s
43Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+10.974s
521Jake DennisGBRCarlin+11.755s
627Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+14.734s
799Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix+19.509s
896Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing+20.019s
917Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+24.171s
107Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix+26.587s
115Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+28.376s
1262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+31.240s
1334Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix+33.082s
1455David BeckmannGERVan Amersfoort Racing+40.611s
1511Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix+41.086s
1647Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark+41.578s
1733Marino SatoJAPMotopark+48.201s
1825Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam+51.382s
RET8Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema PowerteamRetired