British F3: Championship Leader Lundqvist: I’m still out there to win

Double R’s Linus Lundqvist may have a 120-point lead in the British F3 series, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be settling for anything less than a victory,

A good weekend in Spa that saw the 19-year-old take his first double-victory of the season has seen the Swede’s lead extend to more than a weekend’s total.

But that doesn’t mean Lundqvist is taking it easy despite his big lead.

“From a championship point of view, it is about staying out of trouble and getting on the podium but I go racing to win. I do this because I love winning and I love racing, around this circuit you need to qualify well and if we get up there we’ll see what we can do.”

That approach does not mean that Lundqvist isn’t thinking about his potential championship success.

“I’m not going to be one of those drivers that lie and says that he’s not thinking about the Championship because obviously you do and it’s looking very good right now.

“It’s motorsport though, and looking back last year here there was a treble-DNF in F4 for me so if we have one of those weekends the gap will shrink very quickly. I’m taking nothing for granted, but all of this proves that we’re doing it right. I’m enjoying it.”

Lundqvist’s cause has been helped by Nicolai Kjaergaard’s sudden loss of form. The Dane was level on points with Lundqvist at Snetterton, but a run of only one podium from six races has seen him drop well.

“I should not take pleasure from other people’s misfortune,” said Lundqvist when asked about his consistency relative to his rivals.

“I was happy with the way I produced the result. It was the first double win of the season so I felt great, to do it at Spa as well is amazing because it’s a legendary track and I had a lot of sponsors and friends there so it was very nice to produce those results in front of them.”

Lundqvist was coy when asked about his plans for next season, although he is likely to move up to international racing.

“Nothing is decided for next year, it is no secret that you need a good budget. My first aim is to do well in this series and hopefully win the championship and we’ll see what my sponsors think and whether they’ll come along for next year. We know what we want to do.”

 

IMAGE: Jakob Ebrey, via BritishF3.com http://www.britishf3.com/british-f3-news/bh-gp-practice-report-2018/

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