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Andreas Estner joins BRDC British F3 to gain F1 circuit experience

by Bethonie Waring

FIA Formula 3 Championship racer Andreas Estner will compete in the next two rounds of the BRDC British F3 season in order to build up mileage at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.

Estner, who finished 25th?and 22nd?in the first two races of the FIA F3 season, will join Josh Mason at Lanan Racing for the two rounds, held at the venues of the British and Belgian grand prixs.

?I?m racing at Silverstone and Spa because I want to get as much experience of the tracks as I can before I race there in FIA F3,? Estner said.

?However, I only wanted to learn the tracks in a competitive environment, and BRDC British F3 is the ideal championship for me to do that, because just a few tenths can be the difference between the back of the grid and the podium.

?I think I will learn a lot with Lanan Racing. They have a great track record with drivers like George Russell, and I can?t wait to get started.?

Estner, who made the step up from ADAC Formula 4 at the start of this season, has limited car racing experience outside Germany. He completed in selected Italian F4 and Formula Renault NEC rounds in 2017 and 2018 but his first major step into international motorsport came at the end of last year, when he competed in the MRF Challenge.

He took two victories on his way to fourth in the championship.

?We?re very happy to expand our BRDC British F3 line-up for the Silverstone and Spa rounds with Andreas,? said Lanan Racing team principal Graham Johnson.

?Andreas was looking for extra track mileage at the two circuits and felt that racing in a series as competitive as British F3 with us would be of benefit for his main campaign.

“He?s a very capable driver and we hope to be up towards the sharp end with him at the two rounds, while his extra experience has the added benefit of helping with our efforts with Josh Mason too, who continues to make good progress in his second season.?

The FIA F3 championship, which is on the Formula 1 support package, visits Silverstone in July and Spa at the end of August.