Stroll extends championship lead with another Norisring win

Lance Stroll - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lance Stroll further cemented himself as the man to beat in 2016 after taking his second victory of the weekend at the Norisring and his fifth overall of the season.

The Prema Powerteam driver now holds an 86-point lead at the top of the championship standings at the halfway point of the season, and has failed to finish outside the top two in the past seven races.

Stroll had to survive a safety car start, a mid-race safety car and a red flag period to take the final Norisring victory, ending the race 0.787 seconds clear of Anthoine Hubert.

Issues with the start line gantry caused a delay to the start, and with no fix in sight it was decided to start behind the safety car, with Stroll getting the jump on Hubert into turn one, but it was not long before the safety car was back on track again when George Russell and Joel Eriksson collided at the final hairpin, ending both their races.

Just as the race was getting underway again, Pedro Piquet misjudged a move on Ryan Tveter heading into the final hairpin, with the Van Amersfoort Racing driver going airborne before hitting the innocent Niko Kari. Initially the safety car was called again but it was decided to fly the red flags instead.

The race restarted with six minutes on the clock, but Stroll was never challenged, with Hubert also comfortable in second position.

The final podium place went the way of Red Bull-backed Sergio Sette Câmara, who used the green flag running to his advantage by first passing Maximilian Günther for fourth before passing Motopark team-mate Guanyu Zhou into the first hairpin for third. Zhou was forced to settle for fourth as a result, with Günther just behind in fifth.

Nick Cassidy drove another strong race, and despite so little green flag running was able to finish sixth for Prema Powerteam having started nineteenth, while Callum Ilott was seventh for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Alessio Lorandi, Ben Barnicoat and Ralf Aron.

Mücke Motorsport were on course for a double points score with Mikkel Jensen and David Beckmann, but the duo came to blows exiting the final corner, with both ending their races in the barriers.

Norisring Race 3 Result

11Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam34:36.561
221Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+0.787
39Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+1.985
423Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+2.617
517Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+3.467
62Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+4.310
76Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+4.804
84Alessio LorandiITACarlin+5.322
924Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP+7.179
1016Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam+7.698
1120Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+9.074
1211Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+9.844
1318William BullerGBRCarlin+11.075
143Ryan TveterUSACarlin+3 Laps
RET8David BeckmannGERMucke MotorsportRetired
RET7Mikkel JensenDENMucke MotorsportRetired
RET10Niko KariFINMotoparkRetired
RET5Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET22Joel ErikssonSWEMotoparkRetired
RET12George RussellGBRHitech GPRetired