Dutchman Max Verstappen completed the rare feat of claiming three wins out of three in a FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekend as he won race three at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Van Amersfoort Racing driver started fifth and moved up to third on the opening lap, passing both Felix Serralles of Team West-Tec F3 and Felipe Guimaraes of Double R Racing into La Source just as Fortec Motorsports’ John Bryant-Meisner jumped into the lead ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Esteban Ocon.
Bryant-Meisner’s lead was short-lived however, with Verstappen drafting past both the Swede and Frenchman Ocon to take the lead on the second lap down the Kemmel straight, the favourite overtaking place for the Dutchman all weekend. Ocon attempted to claim the lead from Verstappen the following lap but was handed a warning flag for a dangerous manoeuvre by stewards after the two banged wheels.
A lap later Ocon did take the lead at Les Combes, but a loss of momentum from being off line saw Verstappen take the lead back around the outside of the following corner. He would not get such a good opportunity again.
A crash between Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Antonio Giovinazzi and Team West-Tec F3’s Hector Hurst caused the safety car to be deployed when Hurst’s car was left with a damaged suspension in a dangerous place at the Bus Stop.
The safety car retreating back into the pit lane left a three lap sprint to the line, but Ocon could not find a way past Verstappen. Gustavo Menezes in the second Van Amersfoort Racing car took his second podium of the weekend after a good battle with Serralles who ended up fourth, while Nicholas Latifi of Prema Powerteam came home fifth.
Tom Blomqvist lost more ground to championship leader Ocon and finished sixth for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, ahead of Jake Dennis for Carlin, Jules Szymkowiak for Van Amersfoort Racing, Felix Rosenqvist for Mücke Motorsport and Jordan King for Carlin.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 3 Result
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||35m47.919s|
|2||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+0.495s|
|3||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+2.266s|
|4||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+3.090s|
|5||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+3.912s|
|6||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+4.230s|
|8||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+6.108s|
|9||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||+7.525s|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+10.083s|
|12||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+10.527s|
|13||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+12.423s|
|14||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+12.950s|
|15||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+13.053s|
|17||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+14.067s|
|18||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+17.219s|
|19||Mitchell Gilbert||AUS||Fortec Motorsports||+17.851s|
|21||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+23.040s|
|22||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+43.446s|
|23||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsports||+1 Lap|
|RET||Felipe Guimaraes||BRZ||Double R Racing||10 Laps|
|RET||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||8 Laps|
|RET||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||6 Laps|