After losing the race two victory after a safety car infringement earlier in the day, Antonio Giovinazzi fought back to take his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory in race three at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
The Italian led team-mate Tom Blomqvist for a Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1-2, with the two of them well clear of third placed Lucas Auer, who took his second podium finish of the day in front of his home fans for Mücke Motorsport.
Race two winner Antonio Fuoco was on course for fourth for Prema Powerteam but was hit by the Max Verstappen with a few laps to go while the Van Amersfoort Racing driver tried to rejoin the race track after running wide at turn one that damaged the Italian’s front wing, necessitating a trip to the pits that dropped him well outside the points. Verstappen was given a post race 20-second penalty for the incident that also dropped him out of the points.
Canadian racer Nicholas Latifi ultimately ended up taking fourth for Prema Powerteam, ahead of Carlin trio Jake Dennis, Ed Jones and Jordan King. Dennis did well to move up having started the race with a 5-place grid penalty for causing a collision in race two.
Gustavo Menezes was the only Van Amersfoort Racing driver to score points in eighth, just holding off the challenge of the only female racer in the field Tatiana Calderon of Jo Zeller Racing in ninth, while the final point went to Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s Sean Galael.
Championship leader Esteban Ocon failed to score points for the third race in a row in Austria, having made his way up to eighth before receiving a drive-through penalty for not slowing sufficiently under yellow flags. He already started the race on the back foot having taken a 10-place grid penalty for causing a collision in race one with Mücke Motorsport’s Felix Rosenqvist.
There was one safety car period in the race, when Rosenqvist and Alexander Toril of ThreeBond with T-Sport both going into the turn 5 gravel on lap three in separate incidents.
Red Bull Ring Race 3 Result
|1||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||36m13.881s|
|2||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+3.151s|
|3||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+11.212s|
|4||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+15.289s|
|8||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.393s|
|9||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+18.788s|
|10||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+20.774s|
|11||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+25.050s|
|12||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+33.498s|
|13||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+33.832s|
|14||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+43.860s|
|15||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+45.992s|
|16||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+55.552s|
|17||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+57.486s|
|18||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+57.551s|
|19||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+1m01.118s|
|20/RET||Santino Ferrucci||USA||EuroInternational||+3 Laps|
|RET||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||10 Laps|
|RET||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||7 Laps|
|RET||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||2 Laps|
|RET||Michele Beretta||ITA||EuroInternational||2 Laps|
|RET||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||0 Laps|
|RET||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsports||0 Laps|