Monza F3: Eriksson holds off charging Norris to win

Joel Eriksson took a lights-to-flag win in the second European Formula 3 race at Monza after withstanding late-race pressure from a charging Lando Norris.

Monza F3: Eriksson holds off charging Norris to win
Joel Eriksson, Motopark Dallara F317 - Volkswagen
Joel Eriksson, Motopark Dallara F317 - Volkswagen
Joel Eriksson, Motopark Dallara F317 - Volkswagen
Joel Eriksson, Motopark Dallara F317 - Volkswagen
Nikita Mazepin, Hitech Grand Prix, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz
Mick Schumacher, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F317 – Mercedes-Benz

BMW junior Eriksson had a good launch off the line and quickly established a safe lead over Mick Schumacher, who passed Carlin man Norris off the line for second.

It took Norris five laps to pass Schumacher at the first Lesmo corner, but, by the time the Briton was up back in second, Eriksson had built a lead of over three seconds.

The gap between the duo stagnated for several laps before Norris started to slowly make up ground.

Norris was finally just a second behind when there were two laps left, but he never got close enough to attempt a move on the Motopark driver, allowing Eriksson to score his second win of the season.

Schumacher spent a lonely race in third, the F4 graduate collecting his maiden podium in the series and ending up best of the Prema drivers.

He finished ahead of teammate Maximilian Gunther, who came under pressure from Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg late in the race.

Habsburg, fifth on the grid, dropped outside of the top 10 when he made a trip through the gravel at Curva Grande on the opening lap.

However, he made a strong recovery, and even made an overtaking attempt on Gunther at the Roggia chicane only to run wide and eventually settle for fifth.

Prema duo Guan Yu Zhou and Callum Ilott took sixth and seventh, followed by Carlin's Jehan Daruvala and Hitech pair Ralf Aron and Nikita Mazepin.

Harrison Newey and Jake Dennis made contact while fighting for fifth during the race, which resulted in both drivers' retirements.

The latter passed the former at the first chicane and the duo touched in the process, with Newey damaging his front wing and Dennis suffering a puncture.

Newey completed a disastrous race for Van Amersfoort Racing, as Pedro Piquet retired in the gravel, Joey Mawson suffered a puncture and David Beckmann had to pit early in the race and finished 15th.

Race results:

Pos.Driver TeamTime/Delay 
 Joel Eriksson Motopark 34'53.980
 Lando Norris Carlin 0.735
 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 9.037
 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 13.533
 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 14.829
 Guan Yu Zhou Prema Powerteam 15.347
 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam 15.930
 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 18.991
 Ralf Aron HitechGP 22.615
10   Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 23.826
11   Marino Sato Motopark 27.555
12   Keyvan Soori Motopark 30.542
13   Jake Hughes HitechGP 30.703
14   Tadasuke Makino HitechGP 31.641
15   David Beckmann Van Amersfoort Racing 1'44.114
16   Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 1'50.735
Ret  Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing  
Ret  Jake Dennis Carlin  
Ret  Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing  
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