Schumacher wins F3 title with 2nd place finish

Mick Schumacher locks up title with 2nd place finish
Mick Schumacher locks up title with 2nd place finish

Hockenheim: Mick Schumacher clinched the Formula 3 European championship after finishing second to Juri Vips in the second race of the series finale at Hockenheim.

Second place in the second race on the final weekend of the campaign at Hockenheim was enough for Mick Schumacher to claim his first title in a junior formula series. At the end of his second season as a member of the PREMA Theodore Racing squad, driving a car powered by a Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine, the 19-year-old German became the new champion with a points tally of 347.

"It's a slightly unreal feeling – I'm absolutely delighted," said Mick. "I still can't quite believe it. All I can say is thank you to everyone in the team for your support during this incredible season."

Mick was undoubtedly the standout driver of the second half of the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. His first win of the campaign came as late as the 15th round contested on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps rollercoaster in the Belgian Ardennes, a circuit on which he had driven a demo lap in the 1994 Benetton B194 Formula 1 championship-winning car the year before.

After his maiden victory in the racing series at Spa, he then went on to win at least one race on each of the subsequent weekends, including Silverstone, Misano, the Nurburgring and Spielberg. The impressive statistics behind this late surge to the top are eight wins in twelve races, five of them in a row. In the context of the race weekend at the Nurburgring, Mick also put in a number of demo laps at the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM race taxi.

"Congratulations to Mick on winning the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title," said Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff. "Attention was focused on the youngster right from the start, and he was under a lot of pressure. It's not easy coping with all that, especially if the season does not get off to the best of starts, as in this case. His performance in the second half of the season was therefore all the more impressive. He has shown that he has what it takes and that he can become one of the greats in our sport. We are also obviously delighted that he registered a 500th race win for Mercedes in F3 and that he secured the title in a Mercedes-powered car."

Race 2 Result:

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR LAPS GAP
1 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 35m34.771s
2 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 3.472s
3 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 6.299s
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 7.775s
5 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 9.021s
6 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 10.179s
7 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 10.925s
8 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 21 14.618s
9 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 17.794s
10 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 21.752s
11 Guan Yu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 22.548s
12 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 25.226s
13 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 21 30.297s
14 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 30.952s
15 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 31.353s
16 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 31.675s
17 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 33.657s
18 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 35.129s
19 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 37.704s
20 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 1m19.269s
Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 Retirement
Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 7 Retirement
Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement
Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement

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