The amazing run of Dutch superstar-in-the-making Max Verstappen continued as he took a confident victory in a race of two halves at a very wet Norisring.
The Van Amersfoort Racing driver took his fifth consecutive FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory by 8.827s from British driver Jordan King of Carlin, with Austrian Lucas Auer completing the podium for Mücke Motorsport.
Verstappen’s race two win in Germany enabled him to close the gap in the championship to Esteban Ocon who failed to score any points after the Prema Powerteam driver was handed a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact in a clash with Tom Blomqvist that eliminated the British Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver from the race. Ocon eventually finished down in fourteenth place and saw his lead reduced to 81 points.
The race was suspended briefly as heavy rain hit the Norisring track. Teams were allowed to make adjustments to their cars and change tyres before lining up behind the safety car for the restart. The safety car was also introduced three times in a race that eventually saw the race run out of time before the 45 laps were able to be completed.
The first safety car was for an opening lap crash that eliminated Double R Racing’s Felipe Guimaraes and ThreeBond with T-Sport’s Richard Goddard at the first corner, an incident that also damaged the cars of EuroInternational’s Michele Beretta, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jules Szymkowiak and Goddard’s team-mate Alexander Toril. It was the second time in two races that Guimaraes was eliminated on the opening lap.
The safety car was introduced for a second time to clear up Tatiana Calderon’s Jo Zeller Racing car after the only female in the field was crashed into by Roy Nissany. This is even more galling for Nissany’s Mücke Motorsport team as Calderon is one of his team-mates; Calderon’s entry is held by Jo Zeller Racing, but the car she races is one of Mücke’s. The final safety car was to clear Blomqvist’s car from the side of the track.
Briton Jake Dennis finished fourth in the second Carlin machine to add to his first race podium, with the youngest driver in the field Santino Ferrucci finishing on his tail in fifth. The sixteen-year-old American racer belied his lack of experience compared to the drivers around him to keep Dennis honest ahead of him and Mücke Motorsport’s Felix Rosenqvist comfortably behind him.
Ferrari Driver Academy driver Antonio Fuoco finished seventh for Prema Powerteam ahead of his Canadian team-mate Nicholas Latifi, while Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin was ninth. Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing completed the top ten, just holding off the challenge of Puerto Rican Felix Serralles of Team West-Tec F3, who was recovering after a spin.
Norisring Race 2 Result
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||45m44.818s|
|3||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+15.436s|
|6||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||+19.037s|
|7||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+20.247s|
|8||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+22.608s|
|9||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+24.952s|
|10||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.845s|
|11||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+27.291s|
|12||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+29.275s|
|13||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsports||+31.523s|
|14||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+35.245s|
|15||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+37.318s|
|16||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+42.089s|
|17||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+1 Lap|
|18||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+1 Lap|
|19||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+2 Laps|
|20||Mitchell Gilbert||AUS||Fortec Motorsports||+2 Laps|
|RET||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||21 Laps|
|RET||Michele Beretta||ITA||EuroInternational||19 Laps|
|RET||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||15 Laps|
|RET||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||1 Lap|
|RET||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||0 Laps|
|RET||Felipe Guimaraes||BRZ||Double R Racing||0 Laps|