Esteban Ocon takes fourth season victory

For the fourth time this season, rookie driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) scored a race win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. At the 4.381 kilometers long Hungaroring near Budapest, the 17-year-old Lotus F1 junior driver was 6.977 seconds faster than his team-mate Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam). Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) followed closely behind the Ferrari Driver Academy protege throughout the race, but the 18-year-old Italian still managed to bring his second place home. Swede Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and championship runner-up Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) followed the Austrian. Race winner Ocon extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 65 points.

Starting from pole position, Frenchman Esteban Ocon took the lead from Antonio Fuoco and Lucas Auer. Jake Dennis (Carlin) charged from eighth place on the grid to fourth, but the British rookie was given a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. After that, the Carlin driver dropped back to 22nd place.

Out in front, Ocon extended his lead as Fuoco failed to pull clear from Lucas Auer. Fifth-placed Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) came under increasing pressure from Tom Blomqvist, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) and couldn’t make any mistakes. On lap nine, the 16-year-old son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen was called into the pits for a drive-through penalty because of exceeding the track limits on several occasions and lost his fifth place to British driver Blomqvist.

Ocon managed to keep on extending his lead from team-mate Fuoco until the checkered flag was out and he eventually crossed the finish line with a margin of almost seven seconds over his opponent. Lucas Auer, Felix Rosenqvist, Tom Blomqvist and Italian, Antonio Giovinazzi followed in third to sixth place while Gustavo Menezes scored his best season result to date by finishing seventh. Behind the American driver, Puerto Rican Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3), Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) from Canada and Sweden’s John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) rounded out the top ten.

Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “This time, I made good start and I was able to pull a gap quite quickly. Then, I tried to save my tires as much as I could and I concentrated on the track limits to avoid getting a drive-through penalty. I succeeded in both aspects. I also reckon that it is easier to manage your tires when you are in front."

Results – 21 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Esteban Ocon (F) Prema Dallara-Merc 34m14.307s
2. Antonio Fuoco (I) Prema Dallara-Merc +6.977s
3. Lucas Auer (A) Mucke Dallara-Merc +7.373s
4. Felix Rosenqvist (S) Mucke Dallara-Merc +8.294s
5. Tom Blomqvist (GB) Carlin Dallara-VW +9.449s
6. Antonio Giovinazzi (I) Carlin Dallara-VW +12.957s
7. Gustavo Menezes (USA) Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +13.473s
8. Felix Serralles (PR) West-Tec Dallara-Merc +25.804s
9. Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Prema Dallara-Merc +26.769s
10. John Bryant-Meisner (S) Fortec Dallara-Merc +28.559s
11. Mitchell Gilbert (AUS) Fortec Dallara-Merc +29.086s
12. Dennis van de Laar (NL) Prema Dallara-Merc +30.844s
13. Felipe Guimaraes (BR) Double R Dallara-Merc +33.778s
14. Roy Nissany (IS) Mucke Dallara-Merc +34.479s
15. Tatiana Calderon (CO) Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +34.987s
16. Max Verstappen (NL) Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +39.234s
17. Jake Dennis (GB) Carlin Dallara-VW +40.163s
18. Sandro Zeller (CH) Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +54.569s
19. Jules Szymkowiak (NL) Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +54.978s
20. Hector Hurst (GB) West-Tec Dallara-Merc +59.340s
21. Sean Gelael (RI) Carlin Dallara-VW +1m01.572s
22. Alexander Toril (E) T-Sport Dallara-NBE +1m03.029s
23. Spike Goddard (AUS) T-Sport Dallara-NBE +1m05.301s
24. Michele Beretta (I) Eurointernational Dallara-Merc -1 lap
DNF Jordan King (GB) Carlin Dallara-VW 0 laps

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