Gustav Malja is aiming for a second career podium, and his first since the Hungary, as the seventh round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship gets under way at Germany's Nurburgring.

The Swede's admission comes after a consistent run of form saw him move into the top ten in the title standings. The teenager, who is currently contesting his rookie season with Strakka Racing, will line up tenth on the grid after a last-minute red flag halted any further improvements on his final timed lap.

"After six consecutive point scoring races, I believe I can make it again to the podium," he explained. "It takes a lot of work with the team and that's the goal for sure."

Strakka Racing has been on somewhat of a competitive streak since Tio Ellinas' race win at Silverstone last weekend saw them surpass Arden Motorsport in the team championship for fourth place. Ellinas will start race one on the front row, qualifying just two tenths-of-a-second behind pole-sitter Oliver Rowland.

This weekend signals the youngster's first jaunt at the Nurburgring at the helm of his single-seater challenger. For an ever-improving Malja, the challenge is a tantalising prospect as the championship reaches its final few stages.

"It is the first time that we are here in this category, so it takes a little time to get up to speed but I feel stronger and stronger."

Malja also made guest appearances in other championships throughout his 3.5 litre campaign, joining FIA Formula 3 for a one-off appearance at Pau and GP2 in Belgium last month.



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