Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) became the winner of the 27th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In a tight battle, the Austrian came out on top from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and thus claimed the first win for his team kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport since the weekend at Pau, early May. Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who was dropped ten places on the grid following an engine change and thus started twelfth, ended up third at the 3.629 kilometers long Nurburgring sprint circuit. In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings, the 16-year-old Dutchman remains in second place behind Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam). The Frenchman already retired after a collision on the opening lap, but still has a 77 points’ lead from Verstappen, who recently was integrated into the Red Bull Junior Team.
The opening stage of the race already provided plenty of action with an accident in the first corner. Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Esteban Ocon collided and spun. Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam) couldn’t avoid the two cars and Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) damaged the rear of his car after contact with Latifi. After the incident, the safety car was deployed.
Racing resumed at the start of lap five. Lucas Auer took the opportunity and mounted an attack on Blomqvist, after which he was able to overtake him. On lap ten, the Austrian briefly had to slot in behind Blomqvist again, but he successfully countered straight away and claimed back the lead. He defended his first place until the checkered flag was out. Behind Auer and Blomqvist, Max Verstappen kept Antonio Fuoco under pressure in the battle for third, but initially, the Italian stayed in front. Only two laps before the end, Verstappen managed to overtake Fuoco and bring home third place. Behind Fuoco, the protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy, in fourth, Jordan King crossed the line to finish fifth.
The battle for the positions in the midfield was also highly entertaining. Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport) attacked Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) several times and eventually managed to overtake the driver from Puerto Rico to finish sixth. Behind Serralles, Tatiana Calderon (Jo Zeller Racing), the only lady racer in the field, took the flag in eighth place. Jake Dennis (Carlin) and Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport): “I made a good start, after which I was able to move up into second place right away. During the safety car phase, it was clear that my only chance to overtake Tom would be to mount an attack right after the restart, and that is what I did. But even though I have won here, we are still lacking the speed to be in contention for victory on a regular basis."
Results – 24 laps:
|1.||Lucas Auer||Mucke Dallara-Merc||+0.000s|
|2.||Tom Blomqvist||Carlin Dallara-VW||+0.476s|
|3.||Max Verstappen||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||+3.623s|
|4.||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Dallara-Merc||+4.945s|
|5.||Jordan King||Carlin-Dallara VW||+5.238s|
|6.||Roy Nissany||Mucke Dallara-Merc||+17.415s|
|7.||Felix Serralles||West-Tec Dallara-Merc||+18.599s|
|8.||Tatiana Calderon||Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc||+19.434s|
|9.||Jake Dennis||Carlin Dallara-VW||+20.175s|
|10.||Jules Szymkowiak||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||+20.770s|
|11.||Sean Gelael||Carlin Dallara-VW||+21.295s|
|12.||Alexander Toril||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||+23.088s|
|13.||Gustavo Menezes||Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW||+26.453s|
|14.||Santino Ferruci||Eurointernational Dallara-Merc||+32.265s|
|15.||Michele Beretta||Eurointernational Dallara-Merc||+44.592s|
|16.||Sandro Zeller||Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc||+45.316s|
|17.||Spike Goddard||T-Sport Dallara-NBE||+57.428s|
|18.||Andy Chang||West-Tec Dallara-Merc||+1m01.300s|
|DNF||Felix Rosenqvist||Mucke Dallara-Merc||19 laps|
|DNF||Esteban Ocon||Prema Dallara-Merc||0 laps|
|DNF||Antonio Giovinazzi||Carlin Dallara-VW||0 laps|
|DNF||Nicholas Latifi||Prema Dallara-Merc||0 laps|
|DNF||Dennis van der Laar||Prema Dallara-Merc||0 laps|
|DNF||Ed Jones||Carlin Dallara-VW||DNS|
Championship positions with 6 races to go: 1. Ocon 402 – 2. Verstappen 325 – 3. Blomqvist 315 – 4. Auer 283 – 5. Fuoco 237 – 6. Giovinazzi 173 – 7. King 172 – 8. Rosenqvist 154 – 9. Dennis 154 – 10. Latifi 108