Maximilian Günther secured his second victory of the day to win the Pau Grand Prix after long time leader Lando Norris crashed out.
After triumphing in the morning’s second race of the weekend, Günther moved firmly into championship contention with this victory, which came as Norris crashed out whilst comfortably leading. He becomes the first German to win the Pau Grand Prix since Marco Wittmann in 2011.
Günther eventually won by 1.952 seconds from Callum Ilott, who made it a Prema Powerteam 1-2, while Ralf Aron, a former Prema driver himself, claimed his first podium finish of the season for Hitech Grand Prix. The Estonian has had a strong weekend at the French circuit, and shadowed Ilott until the chequered flag.
Harrison Newey finished a strong fourth for Van Amersfoort Racing, while Joel Eriksson recovered from his race two retirement to claim fifth for Motopark, finishing on Newey’s tail but just ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg, who after Norris’ retirement was the leading Carlin finisher in sixth.
Tadasuke Makino secured his first points of the season with a good drive to seventh for Hitech Grand Prix, with Pedro Piquet finished on his tail for Van Amersfoort Racing, with Jake Dennis following home in ninth in what is likely to be his final race in European Formula 3.
Guan Yu Zhou claimed the final point of the weekend with tenth place for Prema Powerteam, ahead of the leading rookie Jehan Daruvala, with Mick Schumacher twelfth ahead of Marino Sato.
As well as Norris, Nikita Mazepin retired whilst running inside the points, while Keyvan Andres Soori, Joey Mawson, Jake Hughes and David Beckmann all failed to see the chequered flag through various incidents.
With Eriksson claiming ten points for fifth place, Norris and Eriksson now share top spot in the championship, with Günther only two points further back.
Pau Grand Prix Race Result
|1||3||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||28 Laps|
|2||53||Callum Ilott||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+1.952s|
|3||7||Ralf Aron||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||+3.237s|
|4||17||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+6.786s|
|7||11||Tadasuke Makino||JAP||Hitech Grand Prix||+11.453s|
|8||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||+11.979s|
|10||8||Guan Yu Zhou||CHN||Prema Powerteam||+17.826s|
|12||25||Mick Schumacher||GER||Prema Powerteam||+21.234s|
|RET||99||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech Grand Prix||Retired|
|RET||47||Keyvan Andres Soori||GER||Motopark||Retired|
|RET||96||Joey Mawson||AUS||Van Amersfoort Racing||Retired|
|RET||34||Jake Hughes||GBR||Hitech Grand Prix||Retired|
|RET||55||David Beckmann||GER||Van Amersfoort Racing||Retired|