Leclerc dominates opener at wet Norisring

Charles Leclerc took his fourth victory of the season in testing conditions at the Norisring, a race that started and ended behind the safety car as heavy rain fell.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver led every lap, holding off the initial challenge of Alexander Albon before the Thai driver made a mistake in his Signature machine and dropped down off the podium places, allowing Leclerc to have an untroubled run to the chequered flag.

Antonio Giovinazzi finished second for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin after an impressive drive from seventh on the grid, surviving the last few laps behind the safety car with debris hanging from his front wing, although he was able to dislodge it by running repeatedly over the kerbing.

Prema Powerteam’s Felix Rosenqvist was able to pass Maximilian Günther of Mücke Motorsport for the final podium spot just before the safety car was deployed to remove four cars from the turn one run off area, including that of championship contender Jake Dennis, who collided with Arjun Maini heading down towards the corner, while Santino Ferrucci and Matt Solomon had their own mishaps at the same corner.

Albon finished fifth just ahead of his Signature team-mate Dorian Boccolacci, with Gustavo Menezes of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin seventh ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Lance Stroll.

Markus Pommer took ninth for Motopark, but the wet conditions did not help the German driver who had started fourth, while George Russell finished tenth for Carlin.

Norisring Race 1 Result

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing35m41.741s
23Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+0.769s
31Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+5.703s
428Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport+6.410s
521Alexander AlbonTHASignature+7.526s
620Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+7.998s
74Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+9.369s
825Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+9.864s
934Markus PommerGERMotopark+11.196s
1010George RussellGBRCarlin+12.734s
1130Callum IlottGBRCarlin+13.199s
1227Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+14.493s
1326Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+15.350s
149Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+16.603s
1523Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+16.955s
1636Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+17.413s
178Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+17.546s
1817Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+20.150s
1912Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+20.311s
2024Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam+1 Lap
2135Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport+1 Lap
2218Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+1 Lap
2314Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+1 Lap
2422Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+1 Lap
2533Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+2 Laps
2611Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F3+2 Laps
RET2Jake DennisGBRPrema PowerteamRetired
RET5Santino FerrucciUSAMucke MotorsportRetired
RET19Matt SolomonHKGDouble R RacingRetired
RET38Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3Retired
RET29Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET6Michele BerettaITAMucke MotorsportRetired