Mick Schumacher takes fourth win of 2018

Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

At the 3.629 kilometer's long Nurburgring sprint circuit, Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) scored his fourth race win of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The best-placed rookie driver Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Daniel Ticktum took the checkered flag in second and third place respectively. Thus, Ticktum remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings from Schumacher, who moved up into second place.

A few meters after the start, Mick Schumacher already pipped pole-sitter Robert Shvartzman. A little bit further down the field, Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) locked up under braking and slid into Alex Palou’s car (Hitech Bullfrog GP), after which the safety car was deployed. Marino Sato (Motopark), Fabio Scherer (Motopark) and Jüri Vips (Motopark) also retired due to the accident on the opening lap, after which the safety car was deployed.

At the restart, Schumacher remained in front while Shvartzman had to defend his position from a charging Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing). The Russian successfully held on to his second place. Meanwhile, Sophia Florsch (Van Amersfoort Racing), who was in eighth place behind the safety car, parked her car with a technical failure a few meters after the restart. On lap nine, Daniel Ticktum and Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP) overtook Aron for third. Artem Petrov (Van Amersfoort Racing) lost his sixth place as he was called into the pits for a drive-through penalty for a jump start.

The final minutes of the race then saw Schumacher, Shvartzman and Ticktum bunch up again. However, there were no position changes until they crossed the finish line, so Schumacher claimed victory from Shvartzman and Ticktum. Ahmed, Aron, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing), Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing), Ben Hingeley (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark) and Keyvan Soori Andres (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten.

Schuacher finally begins to show he has some real skill
Schumacher finally begins to show he has some real skill

Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “My start was good and I managed to move up into the lead fairly quickly. Then, I tried to save my tires as well as I could. Of course, I am very happy with this victory and with the 25 points that get me up into second place of the drivers’ standings."

Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Both at the start and at the restart after the safety car intervention, I made a mistake. At the start, I had to let Mick pull away and at the restart, I had to defend my second place. As the race went on, I could close up to Mick again, partly because my car was really good. However, I was no longer in a position to overtake him. Generally, I am happy with second place, I just have to practice the starts a little bit more."

Daniel Ticktum (Motopark): “All in all, it was a good race. My start wasn’t ideal, so I had to let Ralf go. A few laps after the restart, I was then able to overtake him and take back third place. Now, I have a new rival in the battle for the title with Mick, but I am not looking at the championship. I am working from one race to the next."

Race 1 Result

1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 0.000s
2 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 0.837s
3 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 1.129s
4 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 24 4.225s
5 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 7.411s
6 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 10.022s
7 Guan Yu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 13.214s
8 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 24 22.388s
9 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 22.412s
10 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 22.856s
11 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 23.449s
12 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 24.074s
13 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 24.695s
14 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 29.699s
15 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 37.895s
DNF Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 6 DNF
DNF Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 4 DNF
DNF Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1 DNF
DNF Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1 DNF
DNF Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0 DNF
DNF Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 0 DNF
DNF Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 DNF

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