Norisring podiumIt’s been one of the toughest events of the year at the Norisring for Prema Powerteam, as the Italian squad approached Nurnberg’s streetcourse with two cars at the top in standings. Things got complicated by the bad weather, which plagued the whole weekend at the German venue. Despite the rain-related issues faced on-track and the lack of wins, Roberto Merhi retained the lead of the F.3 Euro Series standings with 200 points, as he cruised to the podium on Race 2 and 3 after having captured a points finish in the first. The Spaniard, who scored 4th place in qualifying, took off with rain tires for race 1 after a rainfall hit the track earlier and pushed really hard, opening a large lead as he made full display of his driving skills.

Unfortunately for him, the asphalt started to dry up quickly and while his followers started to gain ground, he made it back to the pits for slick tires. A pit-stop miscue forced him to lose an additional spot, as he made his way back to the flag in 4th. On a rainy sprint race, Mehri fought hard with Wittmann, ending up right behind the German, while in the main race, hit by bad weather once again, he focused on taking some valuable points in standings. Daniel Juncadella, who ended up qualifying in 5th, managed to climb onto the sprint race’s podium. but did not score points in the other two heats, while the third Prema Racer, Gianmarco Raimondo, faced a tough weekend to score 6th place in race 1 as his personal best result.

Rene Rosin – Team Manager
“Overall it’s been a pretty positive weekend as we scored some extremely valuable poitns with Mehri, especially considered the really tough weather conditions we faced in all three races. Wittmann inched closer in standings with two wins but Roberto answered the bell as he focused on the championship. We feel for both Juncadella, who did not achieve what he deserved and for Raimondo, who still needs some more experience in the European context”.