Maiden Series Win for Dominant Giovinazzi at the Red Bull Ring


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

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
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
5 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +16.566s
6 Ed Jones UAE Carlin +17.344s
7 Jordan King GBR Carlin +17.679s
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