Lights-to-flag victory for Verstappen in Hockenheim opener

by Paul Hensby

Max Verstappen took victory in race one of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship finale at Hockenheim in dominant fashion by leading from start to finish.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver was never troubled, and controlled the race to beat Mücke Motorsport driver Lucas Auer by 3.783s.

Auer made a sluggish getaway and was forced to hold off Tom Blomqvist at the first corner, but like Verstappen was able to pull away from his competitors, and he finished 6.360s clear of the Briton at the flag.

Blomqvist led a Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 3-4 finish ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, while Felix Rosenqvist was fifth for Mücke Motorsport.

Carlin driver Jordan King lost out to the 2014 series champion Esteban Ocon of Prema Powerteam at the start, but fought back to overtake the Frenchman on lap nine to take sixth.

Ocon retained seventh ahead of Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing, who made a good start to jump ahead of Felix Serralles, who finished ninth for Team West-Tec F3 ahead of Sean Galael, who completed the top ten for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin despite contact between himself and Serralles just before mid-distance.

Antonio Fuoco was fighting with Galael for the final point on offer but damaged his front wing and dropped back to fourteenth at the chequered flag behind Roy Nissany, Tatiana Calderon and Ed Jones.

Hockenheim Race 1 Result

1 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 34m20.525s
2 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport +3.783s
3 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +10.143s
4 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +11.659s
5 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport +14.467s
6 Jordan King GBR Carlin +16.260s
7 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam +18.622s
8 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing +22.142s
9 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +27.519s
10 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +30.659s
11 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport +33.090s
12 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing +37.674s
13 Ed Jones UAE Carlin +39.268s
14 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +41.054s
15 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +42.228s
16 Nick Cassidy NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport +46.531s
17 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam +50.599s
18 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing +1m01.327s
19 Santino Ferrucci USA Fortec Motorsports +1m03.308s
20 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +1m03.876s
21 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport +1m05.066s
22 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing +1 Lap
RET Stefano Coletti MON EuroInternational 0 Laps
RET Andy Chang MAC Team West-Tec F3 0 Laps
RET Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 0 Laps


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