Russell takes race two victory at Silverstone

George Russell held off the challenge from Charles Leclerc to take his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory in race two at Silverstone.

The Carlin driver made an immaculate getaway from the start to move ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Leclerc, who initially dropped to third from pole position before re-passing Antonio Giovinazzi on the opening lap.

Russell also had to contend with a safety car period that was necessary to clear up a first lap crash at turn three that involved a number drivers, and saw Michele Beretta, Tatiana Calderon, Sergio Sette Camara and Sam MacLeod all end their races with damage.

Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Giovinazzi ended the race third, himself holding off the attention of Lance Stroll to the flag, with Stroll’s Prema Powerteam team-mate Brandon Maisano taking fifth.

Alexander Albon was sixth for Signature ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, who after being relegated to the back of the grid following a post-qualifying penalty, performed some amazing overtaking manoeuvres during the race, including a couple heading into the fast Becketts/Maggotts sequence of corners to take seventh.

Pietro Fittipaldi scored his and Fortec Motorsports’ first points of the season in eighth, with Mücke Motorsport duo Santino Ferrucci and Mikkel Jensen taking the final points on offer after taking advantage of a last lap clash between Fabian Schiller and Jake Dennis that saw the German finish just outside the points in eleventh and the Briton out of the race with a broken rear wheel.

There was lots of wheel-to-wheel action throughout the race, with drivers dicing for position, with Dennis being warned mid-race for changing direction too many times, with his clash with Schiller and the turn 3 incident on the opening lap remaining under investigation.

But no one was to deny Russell a victory in front of his home fans.

“Conditions were a lot better than they were this morning,” said Russell after the race. “I managed to get quite a good start and lead after the first lap, and then the safety car came out which was a bit worrying for me.  

“[It] brings the pack back together and there’s chances for the people behind me to overtake me but I managed to a good restart; I got a nice gap to Charles.

“In the mid-race he was catching me back up again but I think we just held onto the tyres a little better than they did and towards the end they dropped off and we managed to maintain our pace.”

Silverstone Race 2 Result

110George RussellGBRCarlin36m33.460s
27Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+1.723s
33Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+5.412s
425Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+6.332s
524Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam+13.630s
621Alexander AlbonTHASignature+15.005s
71Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+22.178s
812Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+36.821s
95Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+42.445s
1027Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+43.404s
1111Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F3+44.052s
1228Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport+44.849s
1322Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+45.599s
1429Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+45.928s
1526Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+46.420s
168Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+46.592s
1731Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports+50.542s
184Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+50.935s
1930Callum IlottGBRCarlin+52.882s
2015Nicolas BeerDENEuroInternational+55.323s
2135Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport+56.477s
2214Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+1m02.028s
2317Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+1m03.680s
2418Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+1m05.301s
2534Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+1m12.137s
2619Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+1 Lap
2738Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+1 Lap
2832Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+1 Lap
29/DNF2Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam+1 Lap
30/DNF33Markus PommerGERMotopark+1 Lap
31/DNF20Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+2 Laps
DNF6Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport0 Laps
DNF9Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin0 Laps
DNF23Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark0 Laps
DNF36Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark0 Laps