Hockenheimring: Erik Janis race one report

Erik Janis debuted with a top 10 finish Ninth place, just behind the points and pole position for Sunday's race, is Erik Janis's result in his debut F3 Euro Series race. The twenty years old Czech started 11th but soon was seventh only to drop...

Erik Janis debuted with a top 10 finish

Ninth place, just behind the points and pole position for Sunday's race, is Erik Janis's result in his debut F3 Euro Series race. The twenty years old Czech started 11th but soon was seventh only to drop two places before the end of the race that was marked by Jon Lancaster's horrific crash. The Briton was rescued in the seat and transported to the medical centre immediately.

Erik Janis finished second in the rookie classification. The opening race of the championship, which in the past won for example current F1 star Lewis Hamilton, took place in the dry conditions. It was a big change comparing to previous days that were mainly wet.

Erik Janis's team Mucke Motorsport had a good reason to celebrate after the race because all three drivers finished in the top ten. Fin Mika Maki won the race and German Christian Vietoris finished seventh.

Sunday's race starts at 10:55. First eight drivers from today's race will be reversed on the grid. Today got points eight drivers while tomorrow offers points only for the top six finishers.

Erik Janis: "I did not have an ideal start but I was able to hold my position. I overtook two rivals soon and everything went well. However, there was a big crash soon that I saw just ahead. Jon Lancaster's car flew to the air and landed upside down. I saw during the safety car period how they helped him out of the car and it did not look good. Fortunately, Jon is okay, I just saw him with mechanic on a scooter in the paddock. I was seventh after the restart which was good but the car started to understeer. I had no chance to defend my position against team-mate Christian Vietoris. I was doing my best to hold the eight that would have given me a pole tomorrow. However, Renger van der Zande overtook me in quite a special way - I did not expect it. I saw in later in the TV replay and it must have been quite a good show for spectators. All in all, I think that it was not bad for the beginning although the top eight would have been better. I have already gone through the race with the team and my personal coach Peter Collins, there were some small mistakes from my side. I am more experienced for tomorrow's race."

Peter Mucke, Team principal: "It was a great race for our team, three drivers in the top ten plus the win, it is simply a great start. Erik drove well, it was close and he nearly got first place on tomorrow's grid. As I said, he is at the beginning here and he has been learning. He has done well so far."

Antonin Charouz, Janis's manager: "Erik did not disappoint. It was his first race in the incredible tough championship, so I consider it as a good result."

-credit: erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Christian Vietoris , Erik Janis , Renger van der Zande , Mika Maki , Antonin Charouz , Jon Lancaster , Peter Mucke
Teams Mücke Motorsport