96 Joey Mawson (AUS, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz), FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 7, race 1, Zandvoort (NED), 18. - 20. August 2017

Joey Mawson fights hard at Zandvoort

Joey Mawson alongside McLaren F1 Junior Driver Lando Norris and Mick Schumacher on the Rookie podium
Joey Mawson alongside McLaren F1 Junior Driver Lando Norris and Mick Schumacher on the Rookie podium

Australian Joey Mawson showed fighting spirit during Round Seven of the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands.

After battling engine issues early in the weekend, the PODIUM-backed driver fought gallantly to overcome his lowly qualifying positions during each of the three races.

The highlight of the weekend came in Race Three for Mawson. After carding a pair of 14th place finishes in the opening two races, the Australian was engaged in a titanic battle that involved nine cars running nose-to-tail for the majority of the race.

Mawson started the final encounter 12th and quickly set his sights on recording a finish inside the championship points. On a circuit that had limited passing opportunities, Mawson made the most of any opening that led him to record a ninth place finish.

The result was Mawson’s ninth top ten finish of 2017 and the tenth time he has finished on the podium in the Rookie Championship.

“After a very challenging start to the weekend it was good to finish on a positive note with a points finish in the final race,” said Mawson.

“We found an issue with the engine after qualifying which meant that we had to change engines leading to a grid penalty for Race One. From there the focus for the remainder of the weekend was on trying to move up the order as much as what we could.

“The final race of the weekend was the only one that we didn’t have some sort of an issue in and I was able to get a decent result as a consequence. I had some good battles in a train of cars and it was pleasing to be able to get some points in the end.

“We’re still not where we want to be as a team but I feel as though we made some improvements across the weekend. We’ll now focus on finishing the year on a high over the remaining three events.”

McLaren Formula 1 Junior Driver Lando Norris won two of the three races contested across the weekend to move into the Championship lead with three rounds remaining.

The next event on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship schedule is at the Nürburgring on September 8-10.

(After Round 7 of 10)

1. Lando Norris – 313 points
2. Maximilian Günther – 302
3. Joel Eriksson – 258
4. Callum Ilott – 221
5. Jehan Daruvala – 140
6. Jake Hughes – 132
7. Ferdinand Habsburg – 131
8. Guanyu Zhou – 115
9. Harrison Newey – 94
10. Ralf Aron – 85
14. Joey Mawson – 50