Following his triple victory at Spa-Francorchamps, 16-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) continued his winning streak at the 2.3 kilometers long Norisring. The son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen won the action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship from Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport). With his fifth win of the season, Verstappen moves up into second place of the drivers’ standings, he is currently 106 points down on the leader, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon.
The race at the Norisring in Nuremberg had plenty of action. On the opening lap, Mitch Gilbert (Fortec Motorsports) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) collided and triggered a chain reaction. After that, Giovinazzi had to turn into the pits, just like Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing). Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) retired.
Racing resumed after three laps and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) stayed in the lead from Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). Soon after that, Blomqvist damaged the front wing of his car and came into the pits for a replacement. Thus, he lost his third place to Lucas Auer. After Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) collided, the safety car was deployed for the second time.
Esteban Ocon used the second restart of the race to claim the lead, but the Frenchman only held on to the top position for a brief while until Max Verstappen overtook him. After Tatiana Calderon (Jo Zeller Racing) had hit the wall and Antonio Giovinazzi failed to steer away from the car of the only lady racer in the field, the safety car was deployed for the third time. Just before the end of the race, Jordan King (Carlin) provoked the fourth and final safety car intervention as he lost the front wing of his car on the track.
After 37 laps, Max Verstappen won from Esteban Ocon, Lucas Auer, Nicholas Latifi (prema Powerteam), Jake Dennis (Carlin), Felix Rosenqvist, Roy Nissany (kfzteile 24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport), Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3), Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist. Israeli Roy Nissany and Indonesian Sean Galeal scored their best results of the season to date.
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “In the battles during the early stages of the race, I had almost ruined the nose of my car. After that, I found a good pace, I was able to close up to the two drivers in front of me and then I also managed to overtake them. After that, I could control the race. My car was great and winning at the Norisring is fantastic." 2nd
|1||30||Max Verstappen / NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||37||35:15.791|
|2||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA||Prema Powerteam||37||35:16.916||1.125|
|3||3||Lucas Auer / AUT||kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport||37||35:19.223||3.432|
|4||1||Nicholas Latifi / CAN||Prema Powerteam||37||35:22.255||6.464|
|5||28||Jake Dennis / GBR||Carlin||37||35:22.804||7.013|
|6||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE||kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport||37||35:23.478||7.687|
|7||4||Roy Nissany / ISR||kfzteile24 MÃ¼cke Motorsport||37||35:25.020||9.229|
|8||21||Felix Serralles / USA||Team West-TecF3||37||35:26.856||11.065|
|9||20||Sean Gelael / INA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||37||35:28.007||12.216|
|10||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||37||35:28.669||12.878|
|11||9||Mitchell Gilbert / AUS||Fortec Motorsports||37||35:31.191||15.400|
|12||29||Santino Ferrucci / USA||Eurointernational||37||35:37.623||21.832|
|13||22||Hector Hurst / GBR||Team West-TecF3||37||35:37.793||22.002|
|14||17||Sandro Zeller / SUI||Jo Zeller Racing||37||35:38.273||22.482|
|15||10||John Bryant-Meisner / SWE||Fortec Motorsports||37||35:38.617||22.826|
|16||12||Alexander Toril / ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||37||35:48.567||32.776|
|17||11||Richard Goddard / AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||37||35:49.759||33.968|
|18||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||33||32:30.326||4L|
|DNF||8||Michele Beretta / ITA||Eurointernational||30||29:47.088||7L|
|DNF||5||Jordan King / GBR||Carlin||27||27:31.359||10L|
|DNF||18||Tatiana Calderon / COL||Jo Zeller Racing||16||16:25.826||21L|
|DNF||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||15||15:13.589||22L|
|DNF||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||5||5:17.590||32L|
|DNF||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA||Prema Powerteam||5||5:17.919||32L|
|DNF||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED||Prema Powerteam||0||00.000||37L|
|DNF-||14||Felipe Guimaraes / BRA||Double R Racing||0||00.000||37L|
Races 2 and 3 are both tomorrow