British F3

Lundqvist: “I Don’t Want to Make any Excuses”

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Credit: Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication

Swedish driver Linus Lundqvist made his debut in the BRDC British F3 Championship at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. The Double R Racing driver reflected on his introduction to the category as he starts to think about 2018.

Lundqvist has been a regular in the F4 British Championship this season, picking up three wins so far. He sits third in the overall standings after clinching the Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic title last year.

“This has been an amazing experience,” said Lundqvist. “Getting to drive a Formula 3 car, here at Spa-Francorchamps, is the most fun I’ve ever had behind the steering wheel. I’m pleased with my performance considering the circumstances, and I’ve learned so much on every level.”

Lundqvist was regular quicker than his Double R teammates Guilherme Samaia and Jamie Chadwick throughout testing and qualifying, though would struggle in the opening race due to a leaking cylinder.

With a new engine installed, Saturday was much more competitive for the Swede, picking up a ninth and seventh having fought from towards the back of the field.

“The main thing I take away from here is the actual pace we’ve had, especially in the last two races on Saturday,” he continued.

“In terms of results, unfortunately we were always going to fight an uphill struggle after what happened in Race 1. With a better result there, anything could have happened really, but I don’t want to make any excuses.”

“At the end of the day, I was here primarily to see and learn and to prove that I’ve got what it takes at this level too. Big, sincere thanks to Double R Racing for giving me this great opportunity!”

Lundqvist was given the opportunity after regular driver Harry Hayek broke his back earlier this season. He will return to the race track at Snetterton for the sixth round of British F4 on the 29-30 July.

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