Ilott and Prema return to winning ways in Monza finale

Callum Ilott jumped into the lead at the start and was never headed thereafter - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Callum Ilott put the disappointing results from the opening two races at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to return to winning ways in the third FIA European Formula 3 Championship race of the weekend on Sunday.

From third on the grid, Ilott jumped into the lead into turn one ahead of pole sitter Joel Eriksson and front row starter Lando Norris, while Guan Yu Zhou slipped into second to make it a Prema Powerteam 1-2.

Eriksson soon slipped to fourth after getting out of shape at the Ascari Chicane and falling behind Norris, who then chased down Zhou and made the pass on the Chinese driver into Lesmo on lap five.

But Ilott had extended his lead to over two seconds by this stage, and although slightly faster, Norris was unable to get close enough to make a move, even when the Prema driver locked up into Rettifilo on the penultimate lap.

Zhou fell back into the clutches of the chasing pack thereafter and could not hold onto the final spot on the podium, ultimately finishing tenth, with Maximilian Günther beating Eriksson to third.

The two were battling hard but with four laps remaining, the two ran side-by-side heading into Rettifilo, with Eriksson putting two wheels onto the grass and taking to the escape road, leaving Günther with a straightforward run to the chequered flag.

However, Eriksson’s fourth place ensures the Motopark driver remains on top of the championship standings leaving Italy, albeit by just one point from Norris.

Ferdinand Habsburg completed a strong weekend for Carlin with fifth place ahead of Mick Schumacher, while Pedro Piquet had his best finish of the season so far for Van Amersfoort Racing in seventh, while Ralf Aron, Jehan Daruvala and Zhou completed the top ten.

Lando Norris finished second in the final race of the weekend – Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 3 Result

153Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam35:05.538s
231Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+0.736s
33Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+2.705s
41Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+9.074s
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+9.762s
625Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam+12.135s
75Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+13.627s
87Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix+14.980s
927Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+15.371s
108Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam+17.436s
1199Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix+17.873s
1233Marino SatoJAPMotopark+19.376s
1311Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix+27.198s
1455David BeckmannGERVan Amersfoort Racing+28.094s
1517Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+29.742s
1696Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing+1 Lap
RET47Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotoparkRetired
RET21Jake DennisGBRCarlinRetired
RET34Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand PrixRetired