Verstappen wins thrilling F3 race at Spa

Verstappen takes the checkered

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), the son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen, scored his second season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 7.004 kilometers long Formula 1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. The 16-year-old Dutchman with residence in Belgium won the 13th season round from Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport), the nephew of ex-Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger. Jake Dennis (Carlin) claimed third place. Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings. The French Lotus F1 junior driver retired following a collision with Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) on the opening lap.

Max Verstappen already moved up into the lead at an early stage and didn’t lose his position after a safety car intervention. The safety car was deployed on lap six after 16-year-old Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational), who is making his series debut this weekend, and Italian Antinio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) had collided and retired. Verstappen’s victory was only briefly in jeopardy on the final lap when Lucas Auer started an attack. Verstappen turned this off successfully and took the checkered flag ahead of his opponent from Austria.

British rookie driver Jake Dennis crossed the finish line in third place. The Carlin driver overtook Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport) for third on the final lap and got to climb on the podium for the prize-giving ceremony as a reward. The Swede dropped back as far as seventh due to a broken fuel pump. Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) claimed fourth place from Antonio Fuoco and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing), who scored his best result of the season in sixth place. Felipe Guimaraes (Double R Racing) was classified eighth behind Rosenqvist and also scored his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date. Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Jordan King (Carlin) rounded out the top ten after an action-packed race.

Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): "My start was okay and I was third into Eau Rouge. On the long straights, I then had such a good slipstream that I was able to go into the lead. Until the safety car, everything went fine, but my car started to oversteer in the closing stages. The two final laps were really tough, but eventually, I managed to bring first place home and I am really happy."

Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport): "My start wasn’t particularly good, but at least I had a good slipstream after that. In the next laps, I was able to follow Max, but I couldn’t attack him. That changed only on the final lap: I made a move on him, but it wasn’t enough. Nevertheless, it was a nice battle for victory with Max."

Jake Dennis (Carlin): "Moving up from eighth on the grid to finish third doesn’t happen every day. At Spa, however, this is possible. My start was already good, but I also benefited from the collision between Esteban Ocon and Antonio Fuoco. Thus, I was fourth after one lap already. After that, I was able to pull away from the driver in fifth place until the safety car came out. Eventually, Felix Rosenqvist had problems. I took the opportunity and took over his third place. Third place is a good result."

Results – 15 laps:

Pos Driver Team/Car Behind
1. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +0.000s
2. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc +0.817s
3. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +4.225s
4. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +4.670s
5. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc +7.392s
6. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +7.799s
7. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc +9.427s
8. Felipe Guimaraes Double R Dallara-Merc +13.047s
9. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +14.230s
10. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +14.893s
11. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Merc +19.667s
12. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE +20.169s
13. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc +21.277s
14. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc +21.841s
15. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +22.462s
16. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +23.240s
17. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc +25.584s
18. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +26.183s
19. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara-Merc +27.905s
20. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Dallara-Merc +29.256s
21. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +31.463s
22. Michele Beretta Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +32.505s
DNF Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW 5 laps
DNF Santino Ferrucci Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 5 laps
DNF Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE 2 laps
DNF Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc 0 laps

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