Marciello Wins Shortened Final Race At Drenched Norisring

Raffaele Marciello - Photo Credit: Formula 3 Euro Series

Raffaele Marciello won the third and final F3 race of the weekend at the Norisring, much of which was run under the safety car before being stopped early in stormy conditions.

While Daniel Juncadella finished second, third overall was Felix Serralles who scored his third British F3 win to move into title contention as both Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar retired.

The race started behind the safety car, and when they were released Marciello from second got down the inside of polesitter Pascal Wehrlein at the first chicane, and was helped when William Buller punted Wehrlein off.

On lap 14 the safety car came out again, and the race was red flagged on lap 22, at less than 75% distance. Marciello was declared the winner for half points, ahead of his Prema teammate Juncadella.

“My car was good, which was clearly demonstrated by the fact that Daniel and I were doing really well,” said Ferrari Driver Academy ace Marciello. “Unfortunately, we only had very few laps in normal racing conditions.”

Juncadella said: “I was very optimistic going into this race, because I was the only driver in the top 20 who already had done a rain race at Norisring. Then, I had hopes of attacking Raffaele at the re-start, but after that, the race was stopped, which was the right decision in these conditions.”

Serralles moved up into third on the opening lap, where he remained until the end of the race, following up his second place from the reverse grid race.

“Driving in these conditions was very difficult,” said the Puerto Rican. “According to me, stopping the race was the right call. I am happy to be on the podium again in this strong field and in front of so many spectators.”

Emil Bernstorff was another to claim a second good result of the weekend, the British youngster adding a fourth to his third from the first race. He finished ahead of British series podium finishers Hannes van Asseldonk and Pietro Fantin.

Bernstorff's teammate and fellow Anglo-Nordic driver Tom Blomqvist was seventh to complete a strong weekend for the ma-con Motorsport team that was assembled by Volkswagen on the eve of the season.

Michael Lewis took eighth place, ahead of British runners Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell.

Juncadella retains the Euro Series points lead on 122 points after an eventful weekend, with Marciello second on 116.5 and Buller third on 105.5.

In the FIA European F3 Championship, Marciello's victory extends his lead over Juncadella, on 149.5 and 124 points respectively.

Four points split Harvey and Jaafar at the head of the British series standings after difficult weekends, on 186 and 182 points. Serralles has taken third on 176, with Lynn next up on 144.

A triple non-scoring weekend for Carlos Sainz Jr after incidents in all three races drops him to sixth in the Euro Series behind German rookies Pascal Wehrlein and Sven Muller, loses him ground in third place in the European Championship, and sees him fall to fifth in the British points.

F3's leading lights will see a lot of each other in July, with the prestigious one-off Masters of Zandvoort and then the Spa-Francorchamps round of the British series that will also count towards the European Championship.