Max Verstappen completed his second hat-trick of race victories in consecutive weekends after finishing the Norisring weekend of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship on top in convincing style. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver led the race from start to finish to win by 4.761s from Esteban Ocon, with Jordan King taking his second podium of the day in third.
For the third time of the weekend, the first lap saw some carnage that necessitated the use of the safety car. After the race was delayed when Dennis van de Laar stopped on the grid causing a second formation lap, Roy Nissany of Mücke Motorsport and Jules Szymkowiak of Van Amersfoort Racing came to blows on the run down to the first hairpin. At the hairpin, Jake Dennis made a mistake in his Carlin machine and hit the side of Tom Blomqvist of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, which in turn caused a traffic jam that jumbled up the running order.
Verstappen made a terrific start to avoid the carnage to lead into the first corner, and was never challenged for the win. Prema Powerteam’s Ocon led Carlin driver King home for second, while Santino Ferrucci took his second top five finish of the day for EuroInternational with fourth; the youngest driver on the field held of the determined challenge of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Gustavo Menezes to once again belie his relative inexperience.
Sean Galael took his best result of the season in sixth, holding off his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi to the flag. Lucas Auer of Mücke Motorsport was one of the drivers to be stuck in the opening lap melee at the first corner but recovered to finish eighth, but has lost ground in the championship to both Ocon and Verstappen.
Prema Powerteam’s Antonio Fuoco took ninth place on the penultimate lap away from Tatiana Calderon of Jo Zeller Racing, with the only female driver in the field just holding on to the final point in tenth ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, another driver delayed at the start.
Norisring Race 3 Result
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||35m02.795s|
|2||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+4.761s|
|5||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+21.779s|
|6||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+23.563s|
|7||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+25.319s|
|8||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+25.910s|
|9||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+26.394s|
|10||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+26.931s|
|11||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||+26.986s|
|12||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+30.513s|
|13||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+30.901s|
|14||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+34.358s|
|15||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsports||+38.043s|
|16||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+41.697s|
|17||Mitchell Gilbert||AUS||Fortec Motorsports||+42.543s|
|18||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+43.743s|
|RET||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||14 Laps|
|RET||Felipe Guimaraes||BRZ||Double R Racing||9 Laps|
|RET||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1 Lap|
|RET||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||1 Lap|
|RET||Jake Dennis||GBR||Carlin||0 Laps|
|RET||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||0 Laps|
|RET||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||0 Laps|