The race had not even started when a disappointed Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had already parked his car at the side of the track. A gearshift problem left the 16-year-old rookie from The Netherlands side-lined on his way to the starting grid already; pole position remained vacant as a result. At the start, Esteban Ocon took the lead from Antonio Giovinazzi and Edward Jones. Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) overtook Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport) for fourth on the opening lap while Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) also overtook the Swede on the first lap of the race.
During the race, Ocon and Giovinazzi pulled clear from the rest of the field while Jones had to defend his position from Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport) and Blomqvist, the two already having overtaken Serralles. This battle was briefly interrupted on lap 20 after Michele Beretta (Eurointernational) had come off the track and the safety car was deployed. Racing resumed after one lap; Ocon remained in front of Giovinazzi. Fourth-placed Auer attacked Jones on the final two laps, but the driver from the United Arab Emirates skillfully defended his position and kept the Austrian at bay. Eventually, the Carlin driver was rewarded with third place behind winner Ocon and Giovinazzi. Blomqvist, Latifi, Rosenqvist, Serralles, Jordan King (Carlin) and Jake Dennis (Carlin) rounded out the top ten.
Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I had a good start, I managed to take first place and keep Antonio behind me. When the safety car came out just before the end, I initially thought that the race wouldn’t be restarted, but that wasn’t the case. My restart was quite good, too, and after the problems I had in yesterday’s race, I am very happy with this victory."|
Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “After the start, I was in second place behind Esteban and I was able to follow him throughout the race. However, I have to admit that I was never close enough to attack him. After the restart, I was right behind him for a while, but I didn’t want to take too many risks. Second place gives me a lot of points as well and this is a good result."
Edward Jones (Carlin): “I am very happy with this second podium result of the weekend, but I really had to work hard in this race. Especially in the second half of the race, Lucas Auer put me under a lot of pressure and he attacked me after the safety car phase. It was a nice battle in which every one left the other enough room. Of course, I am very happy that I came out on top."
Results – 22 laps:
|1.||Esteban Ocon (F)||Prema Dallara-Merc||35m24.768s|
|2.||Antonio Giovinazzi (I)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+0.969s|
|3.||Ed Jones (UAE)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+2.387s|
|4.||Lucas Auer (A)||Mucke Dallara-Merc||+2.836s|
|5.||Tom Blomqvist (S)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+3.227s|
|6.||Nicholas Latifi (CDN)||Prema Dallara-Merc||+4.346s|
|7.||Felix Rosenqvist (S)||Mucke Dallara-Merc||+5.222s|
|8.||Felix Serralles (PR)||West-Tec Dallara-Merc||+6.183s|
|9.||Jordan King (GB)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+6.962s|
|10.||Jake Dennis (GB)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+8.339s|
|11.||Mitchell Gilbert (AUS)||Fortec Dallara-Merc||+8.961s|
|12.||Dennis van de Laar (NL)||Prema Dallara-Merc||+10.309s|
|13.||John Bryant-Meisner SS)||Fortec Dallara-Merc||+11.112s|
|14.||Felipe Guimaraes (BR)||Double R Dallara-Merc||+11.377s|
|15.||Roy Nissany (IS)||Mucke Dallara-Merc||+12.148s|
|16.||Jules Szymkowiak (NL)||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||+12.266s|
|17.||Sandro Zeller (CH)||Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc||+12.522s|
|18.||Riccardo Agostini (I)||Eurointernational Dallara-Merc||+12.760s|
|19.||Alexander Toril (E)||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||+12.973s|
|20.||Sean Gelael (IN)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+13.596s|
|21.||Gustavo Menezes (USA)||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||+14.723s|
|22.||Tatiana Calderon (COL)||Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc||+14.903s|
|23.||Hector Hurst (GB)||West-Tec Dallara-Merc||+16.410s|
|24.||Spike Goddard (AUS)||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||+33.253s|
|DNF||Michele Beretta (I)||Eurointernational Dallara-Merc||17 laps|
|DNF||Antonio Fuoco (I)||Prema Dallara-Merc||3 laps|
|DNF||Max Verstappen (NL)||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||0 laps|