At the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, 20-year-old Italian Antonio Giovinazzi celebrated his maiden FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship race win. His team-mate Tom Blomqvist took the chequered flag in third place from Lucas Auer, the only Austrian in the field. Esteban Ocon remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings. The French Lotus Fórmula 1 junior driver finished 13th in the race following a drive-through penalty for driving too fast under yellow flags and thus failed to score any points.
At the start, Antonio Giovinazzi benefited from his pole position and took the lead. Tom Blomqvist followed in second place. Soon after that, Felix Rosenqvist spun into the gravel trap and retired. On lap three, a collision involving Alexander Toril and Jules Szymkowiak brought the safety car out. The accident meant the end of the race for Spanish driver Toril.
After the restart, Antonio Giovinazzi remained in front. In the laps until the end, the Italian pulled clear from Tom Blomqvist more and more and eventually drove an undisputed victory home. Tom Blomqvist and Lucas Auer also had a rather uneventful race while numerous position fights in the midfield entertained the spectators. Max Verstappen battled with Antonio Fuoco for fourth place. The two tangled in the process, for which Fuoco paid the price with a damaged front wing of his car. The Italian, a protégé of the Ferrari driver Academy, had to turn into the pits while Verstappen was given a drive-through penalty for his move. The Dutchman eventually was classified twelfth, Fuoco concluded the race in 19th place.
Nicholas Latifi inherited third place from Jake Dennis, Edward Jones, Jordan King, Gustavo Menezes, Tatiana Calderón and Sean Gelael.
Antonio Giovinazzi, (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “I am very happy with this victory and the fact that my team-mate Ton Blomqvist came second. It is a great performance by our team Jagonya Ayam with Carlin. My start was good and I managed to keep Tom Blomqvist at bay. During the safety car phase, I really paid attention to ensure that the gap to the safety car wouldn’t get too big, because that was my big mistake in the second race of this weekend. This time, I managed and I am really happy with my maiden race win in the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship”.
Tom Blomqvist, (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “Our team Jagonya Ayam with Carlin has done a tremendous job, we secured first and second place. Antonio showed a perfect performance, he has deserved this win. For me, things went really well with my second place, too and I am happy”.
Lucas Auer, (Mücke Motorsport): “I had a good start and managed to overtake Antonio Fuoco straight away. After that, I had some problems, but because the guys behind me were fighting, I was able to hold on to third place. Generally, I am very happy with the progress we have made from Friday to today. My team Mücke Motorsport really has done a very good job”.
Photos: FIA F3 Euro Series