Lucas Auer converted his pole position into a dominant victory at Hockenheim as the Mucke Motorsport driver dominated from the race from start to finish and ended up 7.120s clear of runner-up Ed Jones of Carlin to become the fourth different winner in the four races of the 2014 FIA European Formula 3 Championship so far.
“My start was good and the pace was great throughout the race,” said race winner Auer. “Nevertheless, it wasn’t an easy race. Driving consistent lap times during the entire race distance was an important factor and I managed to do so. Being on the top step of the winner’s podium for the first time this season is a great feeling.”
Austrian Auer led away as the lights went out, while Jones slipped ahead of front-row start Antonio Giovinazzi into the first corner. Unfortunately for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Giovinazzi, the Italian’s race would not go past the first few corners, while a collision between the slow starting Max Verstappen of Van Amersfoort Racing and the Prema Powerteam entry of Nicholas Latifi, plus another between Michele Beretta (EuroInternational), Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport) caused the safety car to be deployed.
Drivers pretty much held their position once the safety car came in, but a problem for Esteban Ocon on the final lap saw the championship leading Prema Powerteam driver drop from third to ninth, promoting Carlin’s Jordan King into the final podium spot ahead of Tom Blomqvist, theJagonya Ayam with Carlin driver having had a good fight with the second Mucke Motorsport machine of Felix Rosenqvist during the race, a battle that the Brit would ultimately win.
Australian Mitchell Gilbert put in an impressive run to finish sixth for Fortec Motorsport, ahead of Jake Dennis in the third Carlin outfit and Felix Serralles in the leading Team West-Tec F3 car. Richard Goddard finished just behind the unfortunate Ocon in tenth for ThreeBond with T-Sport.
Antonio Fuoco could only salvage eleventh place after a disappointing weekend up to now, having won a race in Silverstone two weeks ago. The Italian will hope that the second qualifying session at Hockenheim and the final two races of the weekend are better for him.
However that could be said for a lot of drivers, who will want to come back and prove themselves after a difficult opening race.
Hockenheim Race 1 Result
|1||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mucke Motorsport||35m03.745|
|4||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+17.173s|
|5||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mucke Motorsport||+19.993s|
|6||Mitchell Gilbert||AUS||Fortec Motorsport||+21.056s|
|8||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+23.266s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+23.731s|
|10||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+25.410s|
|11||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+29.472s|
|12||Felipe Guimaraes||BRZ||Double R Racing||+32.500s|
|13||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+37.689s|
|14||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+50.657s|
|15||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+51.584s|
|16||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+55.957s|
|18||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+1m00.008s|
|19||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+1 Lap|
|20||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|RET||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||18 Laps|
|RET||Gustavo Menezes||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||14 Laps|
|RET||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||6 Laps|
|RET||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||6 Laps|
|RET||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||0 Laps|
|RET||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mucke Motorsport||0 Laps|
|RET||Riccardo Agostini||ITA||EuroInternational||0 Laps|