At the start, 17-year-old Ocon benefited from his pole position to take the lead. He pulled a gap during the first few laps until he had a margin of more than three seconds over his closest rival Nicholas Latifi after six laps. Halfway through the race, the Frenchman had an advantage of almost 3.5 seconds over the 18 year-old Canadian and kept it quite consistently until the checkered flag was out. After 18 laps, Esteban Ocon claimed his maiden race win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Tom Blomqvist followed in fourth place behind the trio of Prema drivers with Ocon, Latifi and Fuoco. The winner of the first race hadn’t been able to keep up with the three Prema drivers. Instead, his rivals Jordan King (Carlin) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) followed him closely. King made a mistake with three laps to go, after which Dutch rookie driver Verstappen benefited and overtook the Brit. Thus, the 16-year-old son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen secured fifth place behind Blomqvist; in the rookie classification, he was ranked third behind Ocon and Fuoco.
Edward Jones (Carlin), Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) and John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) rounded out the top ten.
Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam): “I am really delighted! In this race, my start was better than in the first one and I managed to hold on to first place. Initially, I tried to pull a gap. Later, my goal was to save the tires, to drive consistent lap times and to bring victory home safely."
Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam): “My second place is making my very happy. In the early stages of the race, Esteban was faster, which was his great advantage later on. He was able to benefit from his margin in the second half of the race and turned it into victory."
Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam): “I am very happy for being on the podium for the first time after my second race in Formula 3 already. My start was really good, I managed to overtake Tom Blomqvist right away and I came third."
Results – 18 laps:
|1.||Esteban Ocon (F)||Prema Dallara-Mercedes||33m53.215s|
|2.||Nicholas Latifi (CDN)||Prema Dallara-Mercedes||+3.678s|
|3.||Antonio Fuoco (I)||Prema Dallara-Mercedes||+5.148s|
|4.||Tom Blomqvist (GB)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+9.264s|
|5.||Max Verstappen (NL)||Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW||+11.237s|
|6.||Jordan King (GB)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+11.914s|
|7.||Ed Jones (UAE)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+19.293s|
|8.||Antonio Giovinazzi (I)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+20.649s|
|9.||Dennis van de Laar (NL) Prema Dallara-Mercedes||+21.877s|
|10.||John Bryant-Meisner (S) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes||+23.533s|
|11.||Felipe Guimares (BR)||Double R Dallara-Mercedes||+24.078s|
|12.||Lucas Auer (A)||Mucke Dallara-Mercedes||+24.548s|
|13.||Gustavo Menezes (USA)||Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW||+30.106s|
|14.||Felix Rosenqvist (S)||Mucke Dallara-Mercedes||+31.293s|
|15.||Felix Serralles (PR)||West-Tec Dallara Mercedes||+32.009s|
|16.||Mitch Gilbert (AUS)||Fortec Dallara-Mercedes||+32.766s|
|17.||Jake Dennis (GB)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+33.362s|
|18.||Alexander Toil (E)||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||+40.060s|
|19.||Tatiana Calderon (COL)||Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes||+46.004s|
|20.||Sean Gelael (RI)||Carlin Dallara-VW||+48.528s|
|21.||Michele Beretta (I)||EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes||+49.158s|
|22.||Roy Nissany (IS)||Mucke Dallara-Mercedes||+1m01.985s|
|23.||Riccardo Agostini (I)||EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes||+1m02.208s|
|24.||Jules Szymkowiak (NL)||Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW||+1m03.172s|
|DNF||Hector Hurst (GB)||West-Tec Dallara Mercedes||15 laps|
|DNF||Spike Goddard (AUS)||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||2 laps|