04 May Hill takes first F3 podium finish
4th May, Hockenheim – Race two of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship saw F3 rookie Josh Hill put in a sterling drive, pulling out a fantastic move to overtake for second, where he stayed until the chequered flag – taking Fortec’s second podium of the day. Fellow team-mate Felix Serralles also had a great race, crossing the line in fifth. Fortec men Pipo Derani and Ed Jones finished fourteenth and twenty-third respectively.
In bright sunshine Hill got off to a perfect start, overtaking for fifth from ninth on the grid. As the 22-year-old continued to storm up the field, it looked as if his charge was going to come to an end as Sven Muller (Ma-Con) made contact with Hill’s rear wing. However keeping his cool Hill kept focused, and stayed on track to continue his race in fifth.
Sat in fourth, Serralles was defending hard from a chasing Hill when a safety car was bought out for an incident behind involving four cars coming together. The re-start saw Hill get alongside his Peurto-Rican team-mate and, after a brief battle, Hill took an opportunity to overtake going around the outside of Serralles to take fourth and sit behind Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam).
Hill, son of ex-Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill, continued his charge. With Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational) and Auer battling in front for second, Hill seized the opportunity to make a brave move and overtook both to slot into second. The young British racer soon pulled out a lead over the chasing pack and cruised home to take the chequered flag in second place, a fantastic achievement for the Formula 3 rookie.
Serralles, who took the second step of the podium in the first race of the day, crossed the line in fifth and took vital points towards the championship. Team-mate Derani took the chequered flag in fourteenth, whilst Jones took twenty-third.
Today’s results see both Hill and Serralles in the top ten of the championship points. Serralles currently lies in sixth with 58 points and Hill in ninth with 36. The third and final race in Hockenheim starts tomorrow at 10.00 GMT.
Commenting on his first Formula 3 podium Hill said: “It’s an awesome feeling getting my first F3 podium and in that fashion – with a great overtake! I want to say a massive thanks to the team for providing me with a great car all weekend so far. To get a podium this early on in the season is a great result.”