Bottas Finally Breaks His Duck

Last year’s rookie of the year Valtteri Bottas finally scored his maiden Euro F3 win at the Norisring, leading home Signature duo Marco Wittmann and Edoardo Mortara.

Antonio Felix da Costa appeared to make the best start and led the race, but only for a few metres. Roberto Merhi dived past him, but the Spaniard wasn’t able to hang onto the lead for long either, as Alexander Sims blasted past to claim the lead he would hang on to until lap 21.

Sims eventually surrendered to the pressure being applied by Bottas behind, and then had to try and resist the pressure coming from Mortara behind. Mortara tried too hard though and tagged Sims, pushing both wide and letting Wittmann past into second. Mortara did eventually find a way through though, but he had lost too much ground to his team-mate to have any chance of reclaiming 2nd place.

Laurens Vanthoor rounded out what had been an ART and Signature dominance this weekend in 5th place, while Daniel Juncadella was the best placed rookie driver in 6th.

“Finally having won my first race in the Formula 3 Euro Series feels great,” said Bottas. “Now, the next goal is to win a race on Saturday as well. Today, my car was slightly better than yesterday and I drove better today, too.”