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13 AUGUST, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist endured a weekend to forget in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill, seemingly haunted by tribulation throughout the event.
18-year-old Lundqvist went into the weekend determined to improve on third in the overall standings, but instead lost ground to his most immediate championship rivals as the cold Scottish winds appeared to blow merciless misfortune viciously into the Swede’s path.
“It’s been a very difficult weekend,” admitted Lundqvist. “Basically, everything that could go wrong also did, but I presume that’s racing sometimes. The pace has been good once again, which is positive, but this time around we really got minimum reward for it. Very frustrating, but we’ll fight back.”
The tone of Lundqvist’s weekend was set already in qualifying on Saturday morning, where the Double R Racing man was heavily compromised by two untimely red-flag stoppages that denied him a clear run at the peak of his tyres’ performance window. Despite a far from perfect session, Lundqvist wound up less than three tenths adrift of pole position, leaving him seventh on the 19-car grid for the first of the weekend’s four races.
Once the lights went out in Race 1, Lundqvist initially got off to a strong start, hauling himself into the top five. An off-track excursion saw him tumble down the order, however, and he eventually finished in eighth place.
Things then snowballed from bad to worse for the three-time 2017 race winner, with retirements in both races two and three triggered by separate clashes with Australia’s Oscar Piastri while Lundqvist looked on course for potential podium finishes.
In the concluding Race 4, Lundqvist then finished sixth, right on the tail of championship leader Jamie Caroline.
“I made a mistake and ran off the track in Race 1, so that one’s on me,” conceded Lundqvist. “Apart from that, however, I honestly feel that there was nothing I could have done differently this weekend. It’s incredible how things can just conspire against you like they have done here. It’s been a real jinx, but there’s no point being grumpy about it – we just have to move on.
“There are three rounds and nine races still to go, and while I’ve lost a lot of ground in the championship this weekend, we’re still in contention for the top three. I’m more determined than ever to bounce back from this and put things right. I’m already fully focused on the next race, and I wish it took place tomorrow.”
After the difficult events of Knockhill, Linus Lundqvist now drops from third to fifth in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill standings, although he remains very much in contention for the top three.
Lundqvist and his rivals will be back on track when the series visits Rockingham Motor Speedway for the next round of the season on 26-27 August.