George Russell bags podium at Norisring in latest round of FIA Formula 3 European Championship

George Russell on the podium.

George Russell on the podium. - Credit: Archant

George Russell secured his second podium in a week in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

The Tydd St Giles Carlin racer followed up a third place at Spa Francorchamps with a second place in the final race at the Norisring in Germany.

After a tough first qualifying, qualifying two saw the 17 year-old F3 rookie claim top spot in his group.

A tricky Race 1 saw Russell bring his car home in 10th place and Race 2 resulted in a disappointing fifth place finish. Leading the race and looking certain for a podium finish, if not the win, a driver made an overzealous move in to the first corner, resulting in contact and Russell was forced off and was demoted to fifth place.

Russell said: “We were fighting for the lead in Race 2 and a win looked possible until unfortunately with the safety car I was involved in an incident which took me from first to fifth which was disappointing.”

An action packed Race 3, which was interrupted by three safety car incidents, saw some excellent race craft from Russell to finish in second place.

On the race Russell said: “It was quite a good race to second. Initially I fell back to fourth but I managed to fight my way back to second.

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“We didn’t quite have the pace of yesterday after making a few changes to make us more competitive on the straight, although we knew overall it might make us slower.

“I held onto second though and it’s a good result after a disappointing race yesterday which it looked like we could have won. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to being back for the next race and fighting for more.”

Russell remains fifth in the overall standings (120). Charles Leclerc (269.5) leads the championship.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship continues in Zandvoort (Netherlands) from July 10-12.

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