Antonio Giovinazzi took his second win of the season after long time leader Max Verstappen retired with a mechanical problem. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver, in his new Red Bull liveried car, saw the opportunity to close the gap on Championship leader Esteban Ocon literally go up in smoke with just a handful of laps to go.
Verstappen had jumped into the lead at the start after pole sitter Tom Blomqvist made a poor getaway, while Blomqvist’s Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team-mate Giovinazzi moved into the second. It was a case of ‘follow the leader’ for the majority of the race as the top five drivers were covered by less than three seconds.
When Verstappen retired, Giovinazzi took the lead, and led home Blomqvist for a Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1-2 finish, while Ocon claimed third for Prema Powerteam ahead of his team-mate Antonio Fuoco.
Lucas Auer was fifth for Mücke Motorsport ahead of the leading Carlin machine of Jordan King, while Felix Rosenqvist placed seventh for Mücke Motorsport despite an excursion across the grass at the chicane.
Dubai driver Ed Jones was a distant eighth for Carlin, ahead of the only female driver in the field Tatiana Calderon in ninth, who made a good start from fifteenth on the grid and made a couple of good early overtaking manoeuvres to move into the top ten for Jo Zeller Racing. The final point went to Prema Powerteam’s Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi.
Jake Dennis’ terrible weekend continue when he was forced into the pits with a mechanical issue on the Carlin machine, but the young Briton was already outside the points.
Indonesian driver Sean Galael had the most exciting race of anyone, with the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver having a couple of spins before obtaining a drive-through penalty for causing an accident with Team West-Tec F3 driver Felix Serralles going into turn one that saw the Puerto Rican driver retire.
Nurburgring Race 2 Result
|1||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||34m39.329s|
|2||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+0.771s|
|3||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+1.404s|
|4||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+3.294s|
|5||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+4.674s|
|7||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||+7.078s|
|9||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+18.511s|
|10||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+19.100s|
|11||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+20.277s|
|12||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+21.717s|
|13||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+31.907s|
|14||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+40.530s|
|15||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+41.206s|
|16||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+41.247s|
|19||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+56.268s|
|20||Wing Chung Chang||MAC||Team West-Tec F3||+1m06.446s|
|21/RET||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+2 Laps|
|RET||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3|
|RET||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing|