Auer wins Race 3 at Nurburgring
Lucas Auer won the third race at the Nürburgring. In a tight battle, the Austrian came out on top from Tom Blomqvist and thus claimed the first victory for his team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport since the weekend at Pau, early May.
Max Verstappen, who was dropped ten places on the grid following an engine change and thus started twelfth, ended up third. In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings, the 16-year-old Dutchman remains in second place behind Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman already retired after a collision on the opening lap, but still has a 77 points’ lead from Verstappen, who recently was integrated into the Red Bull Junior Team.
The opening stage of the race already provided plenty of action with an accident in the first corner. Antonio Giovinazzi – who claimed the win in Race 2 – and Ocon collided and spun. Nicholas Latifi couldn’t avoid the two cars and Dennis van de Laar damaged the rear of his car after contact with Latifi. After the incident, the safety car was deployed.
Racing resumed at the start of lap five. Auer took the opportunity and mounted an attack on Blomqvist, after which he was able to overtake him. On lap ten, the Austrian briefly had to slot in behind Blomqvist again, but he successfully countered straight away and claimed back the lead. He defended his first place until the chequered flag was out. Behind Auer and Blomqvist, Verstappen kept Antonio Fuoco under pressure in the battle for third, but initially, the Italian stayed in front. Only two laps before the end, Verstappen managed to overtake Fuoco and bring home third place. Behind Fuoco, the protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy, in fourth, Jordan King crossed the line to finish fifth.
The battle for the positions in the midfield was also highly entertaining. Roy Nissany attacked Félix Serrallés several times and eventually managed to overtake the driver from Puerto Rico to finish sixth. Behind Serrallés, Tatiana Calderón, the only lady racer in the field, took the flag in eighth place. Jake Dennis and Jules Szymkowiak rounded out the top ten.