Giovinazzi secures runners-up spot with race two victory

Antonio Giovinazzi secured the runners-up spot in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings by taking his sixth victory of the season in race two at Hockenheim on Saturday.

The Italian racer converted his pole position into the win, holding off the challenge of Prema Powerteam duo Jake Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist.

Dennis attacked Giovinazzi heading into the first corner on the opening lap, but the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver ran off track and appeared to gain an advantage, although the stewards took no action.

Rosenqvist moved into second place ahead of Dennis after the second of two safety car periods to see if he could make a move on the race leader, but once it became clear Giovinazzi was on course for victory, Rosenqvist allowed his team-mate back ahead into second.

Despite moving back into second, Dennis is now unable to catch race winner Giovinazzi in the championship, but the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton is now third in the standings ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Maximilian Günther claimed his second fourth place finish of the day for Prema Powerteam, ahead of Alexander Sims of Hitech GP, who survived a brief off-track moment when he ran across the grass at turn one and became temporarily airborne.

Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen finished sixth, just ahead of race one winner Lance Stroll, who had a much quieter race in the fourth of the Prema Powerteam entries, while Sergio Sette Camara took eighth for Motopark ahead of George Russell and Markus Pommer.

Leclerc could only finish eleventh for Van Amersfoort Racing, but claimed one championship point due to Sims being ineligible to score, but drops to fourth in the standings with only one race of the season remaining.

The first of the two safety cars was called on lap two when Alexander Albon spun his Signature entry into the turn one barriers while running inside the top five, while the second was caused by Nabil Jeffri, who broke the suspension of his Motopark machine against Tatiana Calderon’s Carlin at the hairpin.

Hockenheim Race 2 Result

13Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin35m33.967s
22Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam+1.863s
31Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+3.762s
424Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+5.281s
539Alexander SimsGBRHitech GP+6.599s
627Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+8.765s
725Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+9.755s
823Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+15.993s
910George RussellGBRCarlin+16.633s
1034Markus PommerGERMotopark+17.437s
117Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+19.899s
1230Callum IlottGBRCarlin+21.268s
134Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+21.726s
148Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+22.730s
1529Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+23.346s
1620Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+25.644s
1712Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+31.803s
185Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+32.956s
1931Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports+33.300s
2017Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+33.760s
216Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+37.725s
229Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+38.966s
2340Harald SchelegelmilchLATArtLine Engineering+47.941s
2433Tanart SathienthirakulTHAMotopark+48.799s
2518Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+49.782s
2641Marvin DienstGERArtLine Engineering+50.845s
2719Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+51.374s
2832Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+51.560s
29/RET14Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+1 Lap
30/RET26Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+3 Laps
RET22Nabil JeffriMAYMotoparkRetired
RET21Alexander AlbonTHASignatureRetired
DNS38Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3