Esteban Ocon completes his triple victory

Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) had a perfect weekend at the 3.931 kilometers long Moscow Raceway. In the 21st race of the season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the 17-year-old Lotus junior driver scored a closely-fought win from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam). With his eighth victory of the season, rookie driver Ocon extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 116 points.

The safety car was deployed soon after the start following an accident involving several cars. Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) retired on track after losing the front wing of his car and Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) had to turn into the pits with a damaged rear wing. Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) also had his car attended to during a brief check in the pits. Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon led the race from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Max Verstappen and Antonio Fuoco.

Racing resumed at the start of lap five and Ocon remained in the lead. Soon after that, three drivers received a drive-through penalty. Due to jump starts, second-placed Tom Blomqvist, Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational) and Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) each had to take one detour through the pit lane. Thus, Max Verstappen moved up to second place, 2.5 seconds down on race leader Esteban Ocon after seven laps.

A few laps before the end, a collision between Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Jordan King (Carlin) brought the safety car out once again. Racing resumed again with less than one minute remaining, leaving only one lap to be completed by the young drivers. On this lap, Verstappen initially overtook Ocon, but then lost his lead again to the Frenchman following a driving error. Ocon eventually took the flag as the race winner with Verstappen in second. For Antonio Fuoco, third place was his second podium finish of the day. Jake Dennis (Carlin), Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam), Tom Blomqvist, Tatiana Calderon (Jo Zeller Racing), Hector Hurst (Team West-Tec F3) und Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) rounded out the top ten.

Results – 21 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1 Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc 36m08.124s
2 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +0.691s
3 Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc +1.202s
4 Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +1.918s
5 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc +2.371s
6 Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc +2.824s
7 Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +3.502s
8 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +4.094s
9 Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Merc +5.525s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW +6.230s
11 Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +6.991s
12 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +8.582s
13 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +8.776s
14 Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational Dallara-Merc +9.175s
15 Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Merc +9.665s
16 Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc -1 lap
17 Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc -2 laps
18 Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc -5 laps
19 Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW -5 laps
DNF Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara Merc 0 laps

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