Fuoco Records Memorable Win Avoiding the Chaos Behind

Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Trident) 2016 GP3 Series Round 5 Hockenhiem, Germany Saturday 30 July 2016 Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service ref: Digital Image _SLA1301

A well-measured drive through the field from Antonio Fuoco gave the Italian his second win of the GP3 Series season. He took the lead after the virtual safety car and never looked back around the Hockenheim circuit.

It was a disaster for Jake Dennis though, as he caused the first start to be aborted after stalling on the grid. He eventually got going and would start from the pits.

Charles Leclerc would have been second on the grid, but was given a penalty after qualifying and thus was further back. As the lights went out rival Alexander Albon maintained his lead with the top five breaking away.

Further back, Koiranen GP saw two of their cars collide. Ralph Boschung had been battling with Steijn Schothorst, as Nirei Fukuzumi made it three wide into turn eight. Fukuzumi was spun off as Boschung continued with damage.

He ran wide at the Mobil 1 turn as teammate Matevos Isaakyan collected the Swiss driver. A virtual safety car was called to clear the debris. This gave an allowed second place Nyck de Vries to close the gap to leader Albon.

Fuoco timed the VSC restart perfectly, jumping into the lead from third. Albon was pushed wide and dropped to fifth, though Matt Parry soon inherited his old position back as he was knocked by de Vries at the hairpin.

This left Fuoco leading from Leclerc, de Vries, Albon and Parry. It also allowed Jack Aitken to join the battle in sixth, as he caught the leaders. Neither Ferrari Youth driver were prepared to give each other any space as the race settled in due to tyre management.

Further back, DAMS were attempting to recover their season, with Santino Ferrucci best of the rest in seventh, ahead of teammate Jake Hughes.

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
The Vitual Safety Car proved to be the turning point of the whole race as Fuoco positioned himself precisely to snatch the lead as they went green. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

As race one entered its final few laps, the action turned to the battle for second. De Vries clearly had more speed, but Leclerc knew he couldn’t afford to lose points to Fuoco. On the final lap, Leclerc was forced into a mistake at the first turn.

Fuoco and Trident took their second win of the season from de Vries and Parry, who overtook both ART Grand Prix‘s on the final lap. Albon was fourth from the dropping Leclerc as Aitken came home a lonely sixth. Behind them, an incredible drive from Arjun Maini saw him take seventh from Hughes, Ferrucci and Tatiana Calderon who recorded her first GP3 points.

Hockenheim Race One Results

15Antonio FuocoITATrident38m25.683
24Nyck de VriesNEDART Grand Prix38m31.671
314Matthew ParryGBRKoiranen GP38m32.519
43Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix38m33.656
51Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix38m36.202
611Jack AitkenGBRArden International38m37.974
720Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport38m40.511
827Jake HughesGBRDAMS 38m43.929
926Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 38m45.748
1010Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International38m45.889
116Artur JanoszPOLTrident38m49.647
129Jake DennisGBRArden International38m51.015
1318Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport38m51.150
1428Kevin J?rgSUIDAMS 39m02.759
1517Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GP39m27.543
1622Alex PalouESPCampos Racing39m39.524
RET8Sandy StuvikTHATridentRetired
RET23Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos RacingRetired
RET16Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GPRetired
RET2Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand PrixRetired
RET24Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos RacingRetired
RET7Giuliano AlesiFRATridentRetired