Lucas Auer Converts Pole into Win at Hockenheim


Lucas Auer converted his pole position into a dominant victory at Hockenheim as the Mucke Motorsport driver dominated from the race from start to finish and ended up 7.120s clear of runner-up Ed Jones of Carlin to become the fourth different winner in the four races of the 2014 FIA European Formula 3 Championship so far.

“My start was good and the pace was great throughout the race,” said race winner Auer. “Nevertheless, it wasn’t an easy race. Driving consistent lap times during the entire race distance was an important factor and I managed to do so. Being on the top step of the winner’s podium for the first time this season is a great feeling.”

Austrian Auer led away as the lights went out, while Jones slipped ahead of front-row start Antonio Giovinazzi into the first corner. Unfortunately for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Giovinazzi, the Italian’s race would not go past the first few corners, while a collision between the slow starting Max Verstappen of Van Amersfoort Racing and the Prema Powerteam entry of Nicholas Latifi, plus another between Michele Beretta (EuroInternational), Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport) caused the safety car to be deployed.

Drivers pretty much held their position once the safety car came in, but a problem for Esteban Ocon on the final lap saw the championship leading Prema Powerteam driver drop from third to ninth, promoting Carlin’s Jordan King into the final podium spot ahead of Tom Blomqvist, theJagonya Ayam with Carlin driver having had a good fight with the second Mucke Motorsport machine of Felix Rosenqvist during the race, a battle that the Brit would ultimately win.

Australian Mitchell Gilbert put in an impressive run to finish sixth for Fortec Motorsport, ahead of Jake Dennis in the third Carlin outfit and Felix Serralles in the leading Team West-Tec F3 car. Richard Goddard finished just behind the unfortunate Ocon in tenth for ThreeBond with T-Sport.

Antonio Fuoco could only salvage eleventh place after a disappointing weekend up to now, having won a race in Silverstone two weeks ago. The Italian will hope that the second qualifying session at Hockenheim and the final two races of the weekend are better for him.

However that could be said for a lot of drivers, who will want to come back and prove themselves after a difficult opening race.

Hockenheim Race 1 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Lucas Auer AUT Mucke Motorsport 35m03.745
2 Ed Jones UAE Carlin +7.120s
3 Jordan King GBR Carlin +11.625s
4 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +17.173s
5 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mucke Motorsport +19.993s
6 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Fortec Motorsport +21.056s
7 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +22.142s
8 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +23.266s
9 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam +23.731s
10 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +25.410s
11 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +29.472s
12 Felipe Guimaraes BRZ Double R Racing +32.500s
13 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +37.689s
14 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing +50.657s
15 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec F3 +51.584s
16 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport +55.957s
17 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational +58.463s
18 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing +1m00.008s
19 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam +1 Lap
20 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsport +1 Lap
RET Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 18 Laps
RET Gustavo Menezes BRZ Van Amersfoort Racing 14 Laps
RET Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 6 Laps
RET Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 6 Laps
RET Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 0 Laps
RET Roy Nissany ISR Mucke Motorsport 0 Laps
RET Riccardo Agostini ITA EuroInternational 0 Laps