Maximilian Günther is the new leader in the 2017 FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings after securing a third consecutive race victory in the opening race at the Hungaroring on Saturday,
The German, racing for perennial frontrunners Prema Powerteam, retained the lead at the start and was never threatened thereafter, with Günther ultimately triumphing by almost six seconds.
A full-course yellow was required before the end of the opening lap when Pedro Piquet was hit from behind by Ralf Aron at the turn six chicane, ending both of their races, but when the race resumed under green flag conditions, Günther was able to pull a gap to the chasing pack.
That chasing pack was led by fellow front-row starter Jake Hughes, but unlike Günther, the British racer did not have such an easy ride to the chequered flag. The Hitech Grand Prix driver was under constant pressure from Jehan Daruvala, but Hughes withstood it well to secure his first podium finish since Silverstone.
Joey Mawson was fourth for Van Amersfoort Racing, finishing on the tail of Hughes and Daruvala, but the Australian was responsible for a good pass on Callum Ilott around the outside of turn one, with the Briton ultimately being forced to settle for fifth.
Harrison Newey was sixth for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Guan Yu Zhou, while Lando Norris had a quiet race to eighth, with the Carlin driver dropping two places from his seventh place on the grid at the start before reclaiming one back when he re-passed Mick Schumacher.
Schumacher was left to defend his ninth place from Joel Eriksson, the pre-race points leader, with the Motopark driver having climbed from fifteenth on the grid to claim the final point, with the Swede making a late race pass on team-mate David Beckmann to claim that position before he attempted to attack Schumacher.
Günther now has a nineteen-point advantage in the championship standings, with a second qualifying session coming up later this afternoon to determine the grid positions for races two and three, both of which take place on Sunday.
Hungaroring Race 1 Result
|1||3||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||35:37.466s|
|2||34||Jake Hughes||GBR||Hitech Grand Prix||+5.873s|
|4||96||Joey Mawson||AUS||Van Amersfoort Racing||+7.142s|
|5||53||Callum Ilott||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+9.473s|
|6||17||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+12.034s|
|7||8||Guan Yu Zhou||CHN||Prema Powerteam||+13.726s|
|9||25||Mick Schumacher||GER||Prema Powerteam||+21.944s|
|12||99||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech Grand Prix||+25.038s|
|13||11||Tadasuke Makino||JAP||Hitech Grand Prix||+25.911s|
|14||47||Keyvan Andres Soori||GER||Motopark||+26.512s|
|16||33||Marino Sato||JAP||Motopark||+1 Lap|
|RET||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||Retired|
|RET||7||Ralf Aron||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||Retired|