Antonio Fuoco celebrates second season win

The 23rd season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship provided plenty of action for the spectators at the 4.326 kilometers long Red Bull Ring. Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) was able to decide the race in his favor, although he never led the field for one moment. For his second victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, the rookie driver benefited from a 20 seconds’ time penalty for Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), who led throughout the race, due to an infringement of the safety car procedure. Eventually, Fuoco won from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and national hero Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). For points’ leader Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), things didn’t go according to plan either; the French Lotus Formula 1 junior driver collided with Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) and retired.

At the start, Antonio Giovinazzi took the lead from Tom Blomqvist. On the way to the first corner, the Brit had to slot in behind Antonio Fuoco and dropped back to third. On lap three, Jordan King (Carlin) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) collided, which ended with a spin by British driver King. As a result, the safety car was deployed for the first time in this race. Shortly after the restart, Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) spun, which caused the second safety car intervention in this 23rd season round. After the next restart, Esteban Ocon and Felix Rosenqvist tangled in the battle for fourth place. Both drivers retired. On lap 16, Richard Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport) spun after a collision with Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and hit Sandro Zeller’s (Jo Zeller Racing) car in the aftermath. For Goddard and Zeller, the race was over.

Out in front, Antonio Giovinazzi still held on to the lead, but at the final restart of the race, he left a gap to the safety car that was too big and was given a drive-through penalty as a result. As he didn’t come in for this penalty during the remainder of the race, it was converted into a 20 seconds’ time penalty. Thus, the Italian lost his first place to compatriot Antonio Fuoco, who became the winner of the race. Tom Blomqvist was delighted with his second-place finish, Lucas Auer took the chequered flag in third place. Max Verstappen, Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing), Edward Jones (Carlin), Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam), Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport) rounded out the top ten. For Spaniard Toril, tenth place is his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date.

Results – 22 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc 35m21.893s
2. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +0.398s
3. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc +1.845s
4. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +3.778s
5. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +4.684s
6. Ed Jones Carlin Dallara-VW +5.737s
7. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +6.344s
8. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc +7.105s
9. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +7.831s
10. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE +8.624s
11. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc +9.601s
12. Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational Dallara-Merc +9.985s
13. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +10.652s
14. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +12.191s
15. Alfonso Celis Jr Fortec Dallara-Merc +14.612s
16. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW +18.215s
17. Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Merc +23.757s
18. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW -1 lap*
19. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Merc -1 lap
DNF Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc 15 laps
DNF Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE 15 laps
DNF Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc 11 laps
DNF Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 10 laps
DNF Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc 8 laps
DNF Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Merc 7 laps
DNF Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 2 laps

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