American Michael Lewis turned his fortunes around after a wet qualifying run and earned two top-10 finishes this past weekend during Round 5 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
Saturday's races ran in ideal track conditions as the rain of qualifying (LEFT) had passed. Michael took advantage of the good passing opportunities on the dry track and after starting Race 1 in 14th, he moved up to ninth by the checkered flag.
"Today's better weather allowed me to take full advantage of the Mercedes power," explained Lewis. "It didn't take me long to begin passing cars during the race, but I just ended up running out of time."
Saturday's second race proved a little more challenging for Michael. Although he started the afternoon event in 10th position, he fell back to 13th early on before moving back up to claim 10th. The Laguna Beach, Calif., native earned points for eighth and ninth positions in the day's races because of a guest driver who finished higher in the standings.
In Sunday morning's third and final race of the weekend, Michael made an excellent start from 18th on the grid and immediately began working his way up through the field, while steering clear of several accidents. Unfortunately, while the safety car was on the track for one of the wrecks, another car got into Michael's, which caused some minor damage to his Mucke Motorsport Dallara. Lewis fought through to recover with a 15th-place finish.
"The team did a great job at preparing all of our cars, as my teammate Felix Rosenqvist won all three races. I'd like to congratulate him and the entire team," said Lewis.
"While this is only my third full weekend with the team, I'd say we were pretty successful as I was able to leave the Red Bull Ring with championship points. Our team is really beginning to work well together, and I'm definitely looking forward to our next race at the Norisring next month."