Mick Schumacher completed a perfect weekend at the Nurburgring as he took race three victory on Sunday afternoon, with the German leaving Germany just three points off the FIA European Formula 3 Championship lead.
After claiming victory in Saturday’s opener and Sunday morning’s second race, Schumacher was able to maintain his advantage from pole position into turn one on lap one, and after then he was in a class of one as he edged away from the chasing pack with at times it appeared with relative ease.
The final margin of victory was 4.985 seconds at the end of the twenty-five-lap race, with Schumacher’s Prema Theodore Racing team-mate Robert Shwartzman claiming his third runners-up spot of the weekend.
Shwartzman was shadowed throughout the race by Hitech Bullfrog GP’s Alex Palou, with the Spaniard having got the better of championship leader Daniel Ticktum going into turn three on the opening lap.
Ticktum had made a small mistake heading into turn one on the opening lap, running slightly wide, which gave Palou the momentum to swoop into third place and put almost constant pressure on Shwartzman, though he was never close enough to make a genuine challenge.
Ticktum trailed home in fourth, with the Red Bull-backed Motopark driver seeing his points advantage drop to just three points with just the races at the Red Bull Ring and Hockenheimring to come.
Marcus Armstrong finished just behind Ticktum in another of the Prema Theodore Racing machines ahead of Jüri Vips, who will be delighted to score some points in sixth after an otherwise wretched weekend for the Motopark driver, who was involved in two first lap, first corner incidents in the first two races.
Vips had taken advantage of a battle between Armstrong and Sacha Fenestraz to jump the Carlin driver on the third lap, though he was unable to do anything about the New Zealander, finishing 1.706 seconds back, but 3.718 seconds ahead of the French-Argentine racer, who maintained seventh.
Ralf Aron and Guanyu Zhou claimed eighth and tenth respectively for Prema Theodore Racing, either side of Hitech Bullfrog GP’s Enaam Ahmed, while Carlin’s Ferdinand Habsburg missed out on points in eleventh ahead of Motopark’s Jonathan Aberdein.
The front of the field was pretty static throughout the race as overtaking proved extremely difficult to achieve, with most of the action taking place towards the rear of the field. The only notable incident however was when Sophia Flörsch spun around Ameya Vaidyanathan at turn three, earning the Van Amersfoort Racing driver a drive-through penalty and causing the Carlin racer to return to the pits to retire.
Nurburgring Race 3 Result
|1||4||Mick Schumacher||DEU||Prema Theodore Racing||25 Laps|
|2||10||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Prema Theodore Racing||+4.985|
|3||39||Alex Palou||ESP||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+5.732|
|5||8||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Prema Theodore Racing||+8.950|
|8||7||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Theodore Racing||+18.416|
|9||65||Enaam Ahmed||GBR||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+20.764|
|10||1||Guan Yu Zhou||CHN||Prema Theodore Racing||+21.326|
|15||15||Keyvan Andres||DEU||Van Amersfoort Racing||+32.514|
|17||12||Artem Petrov||RUS||Van Amersfoort Racing||+36.569|
|20||77||Ben Hingeley||GBR||Hitech Bullfrog GP||+45.661|
|21||25||Sophia Florsch||DEU||Van Amersfoort Racing||+55.348|