Extraordinary Verstappen Wins Wet and Wild Norisring Race Two

by Paul Hensby

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
2 Jordan King GBR Carlin +8.827s
3 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport +15.436s
4 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +16.804s
5 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational +18.057s
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


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