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Maximilian Günther: “Consistency is the key to having a successful season”

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Maximilian Günther took a win and two sixth place finishes in Hungary - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Maximilian Günther secured a third victory of the season at the Hungaroring on Saturday, and followed that up with two sixth place finishes, with the German leaving Hungary sitting second in the championship standings.

The victory propelled the Prema Powerteam driver to the top of the championship but Joel Eriksson recovered to win race three to hit the front once more, but Günther was happy to leave the Hungaroring only five points behind the Swede.

Günther had started race one from pole position after a dominant-looking display during a wet qualifying session, and he was able to control the race from the front, winning by almost six seconds.

“I was especially pleased with the start to the weekend,” said Günther. “In particular, taking pole for the first race, which was hard work due to the rain.

“Broadly speaking, qualifying went almost perfectly for me. As far as I could see from the pit board, I was always on course for pole position. I got off to a great start in the first race and was quickly able to pull out a lead, controlling the pace at the front. After that, it was important to keep tyre wear under control, which is something I also managed to do.”

One of Günther’s strengths this season has been consistency, and he continued his unbroken points scoring run in Hungary, although the track offered little opportunity for progress, meaning he was forced to settle for a pair of sixth places on Sunday.

“I did my level best to gain more places,” said Günther. “But the front of the field is so evenly matched that overtaking is barely possible. Especially not on a track such as Budapest, as we’ve seen all weekend.

“I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risk and force the issue. Those two P6s have earned me more valuable points. And as I’ve said right from the start, consistency is the key to having a successful season. With twelve points-scoring results from the twelve races so far, I’m well on the way.”     

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