A super start from Mick Schumacher enabled the Prema Theodore Racing driver secure his second victory of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season at Silverstone on Saturday, with the young German never troubled once he hit the front.
Schumacher capitalised on a slow start from polesitter Fabio Scherer to lead into turn one, and from then on, he was in total control of the race, going on to win by 1.060 seconds from Jüri Vips.
Vips kept the pressure on Motopark team-mate Scherer early on and made a move for second down the Hangar Straight on lap twelve, but there was to be further disappointment for the Swiss racer, who had started on pole position for the very first time in his junior formulae career, when he was forced to retire with four laps remaining when on course for what would have been his second podium of the season.
This allowed Jonathan Aberdein to take the podium finish that he was denied earlier in the day, with the Motopark driver holding off the challenge of Hitech Bullfrog GP’s Enaam Ahmed until the chequered flag.
After losing the championship lead earlier in the day, Marcus Armstrong was able to claw some points back on Daniel Ticktum by finishing fifth for Prema Theodore Racing, just ahead of team-mate Guan Yu Zhou, while Ticktum could only finish seventh, although the Motopark driver is under investigation for exceeding track limits whilst battling with Sacha Fenestraz on the penultimate lap.
It was good fightback for Ticktum none-the-less, who was down in twelfth position early on by made his way ahead of Alex Palou, Ralf Aron (after contact at the final turn which is also under investigation), and Robert Shwartzman, before getting ahead of Fenestraz exiting Stowe corner, with both drivers appearing to run off track as they battled.
Fenestraz ultimately took eighth for Carlin ahead of Prema duo Shwartzman and Aron, with Palou and Hitech Bullfrog GP team-mate Ben Hingeley finishing just outside the points in eleventh and twelfth.
Silverstone Race 2 Result
|1||4||Mick Schumacher||DEU||Prema Theodore Racing||19 Laps|
|4||65||Enaam Ahmed||GBR||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+8.956|
|5||8||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Prema Theodore Racing||+13.452|
|6||1||Guan Yu Zhou||CHN||Prema Theodore Racing||+14.400|
|9||10||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Prema Theodore Racing||+16.976|
|10||7||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Theodore Racing||+18.260|
|11||39||Alex Palou||ESP||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+21.288|
|12||77||Ben Hingeley||GBR||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+25.568|
|16||12||Artem Petrov||RUS||Van Amersfoort Racing||+30.819|
|18||15||Keyvan Andres||DEU||Van Amersfoort Racing||+37.519|
|19||25||Sophia Florsch||DEU||Van Amersfoort Racing||+39.727|
|20||5||Petru Florescu||ROM||Fortec Motorsports||+49.877|
|22||66||Charles Leong||MAC||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+1:28.896|
|23/RET||16||Nikita Troitskiy||RUS||Carlin||+1 Lap|