Esteban Ocon celebrates his first F3 win
Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon scored a second race flag-to-flag victory at Silverstone and became the first rookie driver to win in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Nicholas Latifi and the other newcomer Antonio Fuoco completed an all-Prema Powerteam podium.
After finishing second in Race 1 behind of Briton Tom Blomqvist, Ocon took over the lead in the drivers’ standings. 17-year-old Frenchman benefited from his pole position to take the lead. He pulled a gap during the first few laps until he had a margin of more than three seconds over his closest rival Latifi after six laps. Halfway through the race, Ocon had an advantage of almost 3.5 seconds over the 18 year-old Canadian and kept it quite consistently until the chequered flag was out.
Blomqvist followed in fourth place behind the trio of Prema drivers. Jordan King (Carlin) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) followed him closely. King made a mistake with three laps to go, after which Dutch rookie benefited and overtook. Edward Jones, Antonio Giovinazzi, Dennis van de Laar and John Bryant-Meisner rounded out the top ten.