Antonio Giovinazzi walked away from the FIA European Formula 3 season opener as championship leader with three podium finishes in the three races at Silverstone.

The Italian driver, who finished sixth in last year's EURO F3 standings, scored two second places in race one and three while managing a third place in race two.

After pre-season favourite Felix Rosenqvist grabbed the season-opening race victory, he was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a technical infringement which seriously hampered his points-scoring possibilities.

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As a result, the 21-year-old driver ran consistently at the front end despite failing to take a victory and holds a nine-point lead over rookie Charles Leclerc.

The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin racer says he is delighted by his performances despite suffering small problems in each race.

"I am really happy with my score of three podium finishes this weekend," Giovinazzi said. "During race three, I tried to put Charles Leclerc under pressure to force him into a mistake, but he drove really well and didn't give me any opportunity to overtake. To be on the top of the provisional standings was the goal I was dreaming of waiting for the start of the season.

"Overall we're looking strong and hope to continue momentum through to the next round in Hockenheim."

The EURO F3 championship now heads to Hockenheim for round two on the 1-3 May.