Günther takes opportunistic maiden Euro F3 victory

Maximilian Günther capitalised on drivers ahead of him tripping over each other to take his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory in race two at the Norisring of a race interrupted four times by the safety car.

Günther took the lead when Alexander Albon, Charles Leclerc and George Russell, then running 1-2-3, all ran wide at the first corner, with the Mücke Motorsport driver holding onto the lead until the chequered flag.

Signature driver Albon had led for most of the race, and had to contend with all of the safety car restarts, and looked disappointed on the podium not to have taken his first series victory, while Van Amersfoort Racing’s Leclerc extended his championship lead with third, with all three of his main rivals, Antonio Giovinazzi, Felix Rosenqvist and Jake Dennis all ending the afternoon point-less.

Rookie drivers filled the first six places, with Lance Stroll putting in one of his strongest performances of the season so far to finish fourth for Prema Powerteam ahead of Carlin driver Russell, who was the most heavily delayed of those who tripped over each other just minutes before the chequered flag.

Mikkel Jensen was sixth for Mücke Motorsport, while the best-placed non-rookie was Gustavo Menezes of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin in seventh, while Dorian Boccolacci was eighth for Signature.

Alessio Lorandi was ninth for Van Amersfoort Racing despite picking up early front wing damage, while Brandon Maisano found himself in the points in tenth for Prema Powerteam.

Rosenqvist was the first of the three championship rivals to Leclerc to see his chance of points disappear, when the Swedish Prema Powerteam driver was handed a drive-through penalty for not starting the race from the correct position, while both Giovinazzi and Dennis were crashed into by Mücke Motorsport’s Santino Ferrucci, eliminating Dennis and sending Giovinazzi into the pits for a new front wing.

Another Mücke Motorsport driver, Michele Beretta, was lucky to walk away from a crash with Matt Solomon of Double R Racing, with the Italian being pitched into a roll and hitting the outside wall at turn one. Beretta looked angry as he got out of the car, and the stewards will be looking at the incident after the race.

The first safety car had been deployed on the second lap when Ryan Tveter was hit by Lorandi, breaking the American driver’s rear suspension and leaving him stranded on track.

The final safety car was needed to clear Pietro Fittipaldi’s stranded Fortec Motorsports car on the entry to turn one late in the race after the young Brazilian made a mistake and half spun into Fabian Schiller’s Team West-Tec F3 machine, before being hit himself by Kang Ling of Mücke Motorsport.

Norisring Race 2 Result

128Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport35m29.238s
221Alexander AlbonTHASignature+0.495s
37Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+1.034s
425Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+1.906s
510George RussellGBRCarlin+2.251s
627Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+3.115s
74Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+3.755s
820Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+5.181s
98Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+5.555s
1024Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam+6.001s
1134Markus PommerGERMotopark+6.223s
129Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+6.984s
1336Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+8.506s
1429Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+8.521s
1511Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F3+10.094s
1630Callum IlottGBRCarlin+10.914s
171Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+11.768s
1838Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+12.838s
1917Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+13.721s
2033Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+17.540s
2114Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+30.159s
223Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+35.235s
2323Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+38.349s
2422Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+1 Lap
2519Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+1 Lap
RET12Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET35Kang LingCHNMucke MotorsportRetired
RET2Jake DennisGBRPrema PowerteamRetired
RET5Santino FerrucciUSAMucke MotorsportRetired
RET6Michele BerettaITAMucke MotorsportRetired
RET18Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R RacingRetired
RET26Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with CarlinRetired