McLaren-Honda protege Lando Norris promoted to F3 podium in Hungary

McLaren-Honda protege Lando Norris has been promoted to third place in the final race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Hungaroring after stewards decided to penalise Guan Yu Zhou

McLaren-Honda protege Lando Norris promoted to F3 podium in Hungary

Ferrari junior Zhou took the position on the road, but the Chinese racer cut the Turn 6/7 chicane on the penultimate lap while fending off an attack from Carlin star Norris, who was alongside to the inside.

Zhou stood on the podium and went to the press conference as the third-placed finisher, but the officials moved the Prema Powerteam driver down to fourth afterwards with a five-second penalty.

"It would have been nice to have it on the track," said Norris, who spent most of the race challenging Zhou.

"Our pace was really good I thought, but you lose a lot of time when you're following another car so closely.

"I was confident that if I'd got ahead I could have closed on Callum [Ilott, who finished second] - the team have done a great job but I haven't been driving well for some reason."

Of the incident, Norris told Autosport, "out of Turn 4 you pull over to the left for Turn 5, but he dipped a wheel on the grass and he ran wide, and that allowed me to get to his inside.

"That lap I was actually going to slow down and do a fast lap to see what the car could do, because he hadn't made any mistakes - I'm glad I decided to stay close instead because it paid off!"

Zhou said, "The whole race it was really difficult to keep Lando behind, especially the last five laps - I think he had a bit more pace than us.

"Into Turn 6, I was in front as we went on the brakes, and I decided to go to the outside.

"I tried to make the corner but then I realised if I did he would crash into me, so I decided to go wide otherwise we both wouldn't have finished.

"I didn't gain any advantage."

Norris's promotion means that although he remains fourth in the points, he is just 25 behind championship leader Joel Eriksson, with Maximilian Gunther 20 points in front and Callum Ilott ahead by four.

UPDATED RACE THREE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen
2 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes
3 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen
4 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes
5 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen
6 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes
7 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes
8 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes
9 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen
10 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes
11 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes
12 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen
13 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes
14 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen
16 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen
17 Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes
18 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Joel Eriksson 183
2 Maximilian Guenther 178
3 Callum Ilott 162
4 Lando Norris 158
5 Guanyu Zhou 65
6 Jehan Daruvala 61
7 Jake Hughes 60
8 Ferdinand Habsburg 52
9 Harrison Newey 51
10 Mick Schumacher 49
11 Ralf Aron 46
12 Jake Dennis 41
13 Joey Mawson 36
14 Nikita Mazepin 26
15 David Beckmann 20
16 Pedro Piquet 18
17 Tadasuke Makino 6

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