Mugello: Erik Janis race two report

Erik Janis overtook 12 rivals in his chase There are moments which make angry every racing driver. Erik Janis stalled on the grid of today's F3 Euro Series race at Mugello. He was in the fifth row and a point finish in the top 6 was possible....

Erik Janis overtook 12 rivals in his chase

There are moments which make angry every racing driver. Erik Janis stalled on the grid of today's F3 Euro Series race at Mugello. He was in the fifth row and a point finish in the top 6 was possible. The twenty years old Mucke Motorsport driver left the grid last in the field of 28 cars. He was moving up during 21 laps and ended 16th which means that he overtook 12 rivals. Janis was fourth rookie in the race and is second in the rookie standings.

It was Janis's first visit to Mugello and today's race was fourth in an F3 car. He was chasing hard after the bad moment and his drive was well noticed. The Mercedes benz junior driver managed to overtake 12 rivals which is something what you do not see in the F3 where overtaking is very difficult.

Erik Janis: "It was my big mistake, there is no excuse. I am really sorry. I was deadly last after I finally moved. The car was great but the points were too far away, only top six get points in the second race. The start in the F3 are quite difficult because you work not only with the clutch and throttle but also use the brake pedal and also a special hand brake which you control through a string. It was not my day today but I gained some experience at least. I learned a lot in the race especially thanks to the overtaking. I overtook 12 drivers and it does not happen often in the F3. I liked the Mugello track from the first go on Thursday and it is among my favourites now. Now it is time to focus on next race at Pau, France. We race there at the end of May and beginning of June."

Peter Mucke, Team principal: "Erik stalled and it happens to any racing driver. There is nothing you can do with it there is no substitution to hardly gained experience on the track. However, Erik deserved my praise in the race. He was quick and managed to overtake someone nearly in every lap and his drive was definitely noticed."

Antonin Charouz, manager: "It is a big shame. Unfortunately, Erik did a mistake on the grid after yesterday's very good performance. It can be justified, as it is his only second F3 race weekend but I hope that he will not repeat those things in the future. He was last and it was clear that he is really quick but it was not possible to get to the points."

-credit: erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Erik Janis , Antonin Charouz , Peter Mucke
Teams Mücke Motorsport