Sublime Norris Decimates the Field at the Nurburgring


Lando Norris controlled the race from start to finish on Saturday - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lando Norris dominated race one at a wet Nurburgring to further extend his championship advantage as main rival Maximilian Günther failed to break into the top ten.

The British driver was pretty much untouchable at the German track on Saturday as the rain, much like in qualifying on Friday, intervened, forcing the whole race to be held in treacherous conditions.

Save for one minor mistake at turn two when he took to the run-off area, Norris was by far the star of the field, with the Carlin driver taking the chequered flag a remarkable 17.562 seconds clear of Jake Hughes.

Hughes had made the move on Callum Ilott on lap two, and from there on in the Hitech Grand Prix driver was also alone on track, and although he was a long way behind Norris at the end of the race, he was 17.873 seconds himself clear of the battle for third position.

That battle for the final podium position went right to the chequered flag, with Joey Mawson coming out on top for his maiden series podium for Van Amersfoort Racing by holding off both Tadasuke Makino and Ilott.

Mawson was under pressure from Ilott for the last few laps, but whilst battling into the chicane at the end of the lap, a loss of momentum from Ilott allowed Makino through into fourth, but unfortunately for the Japanese racer, a post race time penalty for a full course yellow offence relegated him to seventh.

Ilott was the first of those to profit from Makino’s penalty to reclaim fourth, while Carlin duo Ferdinand Habsburg and Jehan Daruvala moved up to fifth and sixth respectively.

Max Defourny was running eighth for Van Amersfoort Racing on debut, but the Belgian lost ground when he ran across the gravel trap at the final corner as the second full course yellow period came to an end, which allowed Prema duo Mick Schumacher and Guan Yu Zhou through, while Joel Eriksson also found a way ahead of Defourny before the chequered flag.

Harrison Newey finished twelfth ahead of the beleaguered Günther, who was forced to pit with damage in the early laps after a tangle with Hitech Grand Prix’s Ralf Aron. The result sees the German fall thirty-six points behind Norris at the head of the championship standings, but there are still eight races remaining of the season.

The first full course yellow was required when Nikita Mazepin hit the turn one tyre wall after being tapped into a spin by debutant Sacha Fenestraz at the start of lap three. The two were running nose-to-tail heading down the start and finish straight, only for Fenestraz to run into the back of Mazepin in the braking zone, spinning the Hitech Grand Prix driver into the barriers and forcing the Carlin driver into the pits to replace his front wing.

Fenestraz was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, and the French-Argentine driver finished fifteenth on the road, just 4.181 seconds behind Aron, while Pedro Piquet caused the second full course yellow when he crashed out a turn five just a handful of laps from the end.

There was also a ten-second time penalty handed out to the third debutant in the field, Motopark’s Petru Florescu, who was penalised for straight-lining the chicane and gaining an advantage. The Romanian dropped from seventeenth to eighteenth as a result of the penalty, behind team-mate Keyvan Andres Soori, with both drivers also being handed €500 fines for taking the chequered flag twice, with neither having been aware that the race was over.

Nurburgring Race 1 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
131Lando NorrisGBRCarlin35:11.010s
234Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix+17.562s
396Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing+35.435s
453Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam+36.251s
562Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+37.242s
627Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+38.271s
711Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix+40.990s
825Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam+44.750s
98Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam+45.424s
101Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+50.510s
1115Max DefournyBELVan Amersfoort Racing+53.189s
1217Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+1:08.616s
133Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+1:19.653s
147Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix+1:21.256s
1537Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin+1:25.437s
1633Marino SatoJAPMotopark+1:36.636s
1747Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark+1 Lap
1810Petru FlorescuROMMotopark+1 Lap
1921Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+1 Lap
RET5Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET99Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand PrixRetired
RET55David BeckmannGERMotoparkRetired