Giovinazzi strides to opening Zandvoort victory

Antonio Giovinazzi led from start to finish in race one at Zandvoort to take his fourth FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory of the season on Saturday.

The Italian driver was forced to withstand the race long attention from Felix Rosenqvist at the Dutch circuit, with Giovinazzi eventually prevailing by just 1.127s as the Swede settled for second late in the day.

The gap had been below 0.4 seconds with just a handful of laps remaining, but with two more races to come this weekend, Prema Powerteam driver Rosenqvist thought better of making a rash move on the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver, and took another podium finish this season.

A driver making his first visit to the podium this season was 2014 German Formula 3 Champion Markus Pommer, who finished a distant third for Motopark.

Pommer finished just ahead of Lance Stroll, who made a good start to jump into fourth for Prema Powerteam, while Championship leader Charles Leclerc secured more good points by finishing fifth for Van Amersfoort Racing on the team’s home circuit.

George Russell took sixth for Carlin, holding off the challenge of Alexander Albon of the Signature team, while Mikkel Jensen of Mücke Motorsport took eighth.

Nabil Jeffri secured his first points of the season with a strong drive to ninth for Motopark, while Brandon Maisano secured the final point of the race in tenth for Prema Powerteam.

Championship contender Jake Dennis’ mid-season lull continued when he was forced to take a drive-through penalty for jumping the start, before retiring a few laps from the end while well outside the points.

Two Mücke Motorsport drivers, Santino Ferrucci and Maximilian Günther, were both forced to pit for repairs, with the American running through the gravel trap before pitting, while the German was forced to pit after receiving the black-and-orange flag for a broken front nose while running inside the top ten.

Zandvoort Race 1 Result

13Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin35m28.958s
21Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+1.127s
334Markus PommerGERMotopark+8.484s
425Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+11.065s
57Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+12.156s
610George RussellGBRCarlin+13.591s
721Alexander AlbonTHASignature+14.059s
827Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+20.226s
922Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+21.052s
1024Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam+22.158s
1130Callum IlottGBRCarlin+28.594s
1236Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+30.767s
1329Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+31.573s
1438Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+32.043s
1520Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+36.522s
164Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+37.850s
1712Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+39.578s
186Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+44.629s
199Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+45.351s
2031Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports+49.126s
2119Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+52.524s
2214Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+55.998s
2335Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport+57.793s
2418Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+1m03.341s
2511Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F3+1m04.834s
2632Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+1m10.588s
2733Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+1m12.159s
285Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+1m22.515s
2928Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport+1m33.991s
308Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+1 Lap
3117Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+1 Lap
RET26Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with CarlinRetired
RET2Jake DennisGBRPrema PowerteamRetired
RET23Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotoparkRetired