Schumacher Storms to Third Victory of 2018 in Misano Opener

by Paul Hensby
Mick Schumacher - Prema Theodore Racing - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Mick Schumacher took a third victory in as many FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekends after leading from start to finish in race one at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Saturday.

The Prema Theodore Racing driver led home a team 1-2-3-4, much like he did in Friday’s Qualifying session, with Schumacher withstanding mid-race pressure from Marcus Armstrong before edging away in the closing laps to win by 2.224 seconds.

A sluggish start from Armstrong gave Schumacher a significant advantage at the start, and despite the New Zealander having good speed throughout to slightly close down the gap, it always appeared that the German had pace in hand to remain in front.

Behind the front two, the battle for the final spot on the podium went the way of Robert Shwartzman who withstood pressure from Prema team-mate Guanyu Zhou, with the Chinese driver ultimately settling for fourth after a lock-up just before half distance forced him to back off from attacking the Russian.

Daniel Ticktum was keeping tabs on the Prema quartet ahead of him but lost fifth on lap thirteen when Motopark team-mate Jüri Vips made a move into turn eleven and twelve, with the Estonian keeping up the momentum from Silverstone last weekend to deny the Briton a top five finish.

Ticktum ultimately was forced to withstand pressure from the fifth Prema driver, Ralf Aron, in the closing laps for sixth, while Alex Palou took eighth for Hitech Bullfrog GP after a strong drive from twelfth on the grid as he passed Sacha Fenestraz, Jonathan Aberdein and Jehan Daruvala to finish on Aron’s tail.

Daruvala took ninth for Carlin after losing positions to both Vips and Palou, while Motopark’s Aberdein denied Carlin duo Fenestraz and Ferdinand Habsburg to take the final point.

All twenty-two starters finished the race, but aside from Palou, it was a terrible race for Hitech Bullfrog GP after contact between team-mates Enaam Ahmed and Ben Hingeley relegated the former to the back of the field and earned the latter a drive-through penalty, which ensured he finished twenty-second and last.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Race 1 Result

14Mick SchumacherDEUPrema Theodore Racing35:51.668
28Marcus ArmstrongNZLPrema Theodore Racing+2.224
310Robert ShwartzmanRUSPrema Theodore Racing+5.281
41Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Theodore Racing+5.948
544Juri VipsESTMotopark+7.401
627Daniel TicktumGBRMotopark+11.348
77Ralf AronESTPrema Theodore Racing+11.584
839Alex PalouESPHitech Bullfrog GP+12.375
99Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+17.189
1023Jonathan AberdeinZAFMotopark+21.861
1111Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin+22.238
1262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+22.684
1312Artem PetrovRUSVan Amersfoort Racing+24.424
1413Fabio SchererCHEMotopark+26.750
1533Marino SatoJAPMotopark+31.607
1625Sophia FlorschDEUVan Amersfoort Racing+34.061
173Sebastian FernandezVENMotopark+34.416
1816Nikita TroitskiyRUSCarlin+35.760
1915Keyvan AndresDEUVan Amersfoort Racing+36.437
2024Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+44.070
2165Enaam AhmedGBRHitech Bullfrog GP+45.178
2277Ben HingeleyGBRHitech Bullfrog GP+52.000

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