F3: Erik Janis leads rookie standings after debut Erik Janis managed to fight in the top ten also in the second race at Hockenheim. After yesterday's 9th place he added 10th today. He was also the best driver in the carefully watched rookie ...
F3: Erik Janis leads rookie standings after debut
Erik Janis managed to fight in the top ten also in the second race at Hockenheim. After yesterday's 9th place he added 10th today. He was also the best driver in the carefully watched rookie category which he is leading after the first two races of the season. The start was very dramatic and Janis was almost out of the race. His start was perfect but the rival just ahead did not move.
Erik's lightning reaction allowed him to avoid but two other drivers were not that quick and crashed into the stalled car. The safety car was called out for few laps. Erik saved the car but had to slow down and lost two places as a result. He also ran into gearbox problems shortly after the safety car went in. He was under big pressure but was able to keep his place in hard fights and finished 10th.
Erik Janis: "Today's race was even more dramatic than yesterday's. Especially the start. My getaway was great but the car ahead stalled. I missed him only by inches. Fortunately, I avoided him but I lost speed. I did not gain anything but lost two places. Anyway, other drivers were less fortunate and crashed into the car on the grid. That was the reason was safety car. The gearbox started to cause problems soon after the restart. I was not ale to shift from second to third. I was a bit nervous because rivals closed on me but I managed to keep them behind. A clash between Maki and Vernay helped mi to get into the top 10. Yesterday 9th, today 10th and lead in the rookie standings, so I think that it is not bad beginning. I feel that I am improving with almost every lap, so I am looking forward to next races."
Peter Mucke, Team principal: "Erik did a good job. You can see that he is working hard on himself. His lead in the rookie standing is well deserved and we are pleased with it."
Antonin Charouz, Janis's manager: "I am happy. I thought that position around 10th place would be okay. He wanted, like any real racer, definitely more but it is just beginning in a very competitive championship and he got reasonable results.