The Prema Powerteam contested the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with its four drivers Maximilian Günther, Callum Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Guanyu Zhou. Over the course of the 30 races this season, each of the four young guns claimed at least one podium, thus contributing to the Italian squad’s successful campaign.
The best-placed Prema driver in the championship was Maximilian Günther. The German who finished the 2016 season as vice-champion and officially announced that winning the title was his goal for 2017 had to settle for finishing third, in the end. But Günther who acted as test and reserve driver for the Mercedes-AMG DTM team at the same time didn’t disappoint at all as he was a factor in the battle for the title up until the season finale. In the end, the 20-year old had five race wins on his tally – including the triumph in the prestigious GP de Pau – and a total of 16 podiums.
Right behind Günther, his team-mate Callum Ilott secured fourth place in the championship. The Briton who – like Günther – contested his third season in the FIA F3 European Championship celebrated six race wins. But despite these wins he lacked the necessary consistency. While Günther failed to score in just three races Ilott had to cope with this situation six times. Nonetheless, he obviously convinced with his pace as the young talent was signed by the Ferrari Driver Academy right after the season finale. Another major step for the Briton who advanced to the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season right from karting.
In the Ferrari Driver Academy, he will meet again drivers such as Guanyu Zhou who has been a member of Ferrari’s young drivers programme for a longer period of time. The 18-year-old Chinese contested his second FIA Formula 3 season and came third in five races. The Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg apparently suited him particularly well as the won two of his trophies in the season finale held at the Southern German F1 circuit.
The fourth Prema driver – and the only rookie of the line-up – was Mick Schumacher. The 18-year old was promoted to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as runner-up in the ADAC Formula 4 and the Italian Formula 4. The German made it to the podium in only his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race meeting, at Monza, where he finished third in one of the races. In the extremely competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship the German finished 12th in the championship and claimed third place in the rookie ranking.
Thanks to the good performances of the four drivers Prema Powerteam succeeded in defending the FIA Formula 3 European Championship best team title. With a lead of more than 100 points over Carlin in second position, Prema once again won the coveted trophy for the team title.