Verstappen Masters Tricky Conditions for First Red Bull Win


Max Verstappen took his eighth victory of his amazing rookie season and his first as a fully-fledged Red Bull Junior driver as he mastered a wet start to the race and the surprise early attack of ThreeBond with T-Sport driver Richard Goddard for the win. Italian’s Antonio Fuoco and Antonio Giovinazzi completed the podium as the track dried up.

A valiant effort from Goddard saw the Australian start on wet tyres on the damp track, and he used them superbly while the track was wet enough to climb into the lead, but the track dried too quickly and he fell down the order once more, and ultimately finished down in nineteenth position. Debutant Wing Chung Chang of Team West-Tec F3 and Michele Beretta of EuroInternational also took the same tyre gamble and made early inroads up the order but ultimately fell away from contention and both ultimately ended up a lap behind at the end.

Prema Powerteam driver Fuoco made the best start of the runners on dry tyres to sweep into the lead on the opening lap ahead of Verstappen, but made a mistake just as Goddard arrived to relinquish the lead to Verstappen, who a lap later saw the Australian take the lead. When Goddard’s tyres finally gave up and no more rain came, Verstappen reassumed the lead, which he held on to until the chequered flag. Fuoco and Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Giovinazzi kept in close contact with the Van Amersfoort Racing driver but the order did not change.

Jordan King was able to take fourth place for Carlin, ahead of fellow Briton Tom Blomqvist of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, who had a good mid-race battle with championship leader Esteban Ocon, who ultimately finished seven seconds behind the Briton in sixth.

Lucas Auer was seventh for Mücke Motorsport, having spun on the formation lap. Luckily for the Austrian he was able to keep going and reassume his grid spot. Team-mate Felix Rosenqvist survived a spin and a knock with Goddard to take eighth, while Santino Ferrucci of EuroInternational and Ed Jones of Carlin completed the top ten.

There were only two retirements despite the tricky track conditions, with Jake Dennis of Carlin the most high profile after an early clash with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jules Szymkowiak. Tatiana Calderon had an eventful race, earning a drive-through penalty after herself clashing with Szymkowiak, and then crashing out in the closing stages in her Jo Zeller Racing machine.

Nurburgring Race 1 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 35m35.010s
2 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +3.275s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +3.789s
4 Jordan King GBR Carlin +6.650s
5 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +11.650s
6 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam +18.918s
7 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport +22.352s
8 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport +24.972s
9 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational +33.207s
10 Ed Jones UAE Carlin +33.767s
11 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam +34.738s
12 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +41.642s
13 Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam +47.883s
14 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing +48.247s
15 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport +57.942s
16 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +58.751s
17 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing +1m17.741s
18 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport +1m25.439s
19 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +1m31.922s
20 Wing Chung Chang MAC Team West-Tec F3 +1 Lap
21 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational +1 Lap
22 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing +1 Lap
RET Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing  
RET Jake Dennis GBR Carlin