Ocon wins first race in Moscow
With his sixth victory of the season, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) made his comeback on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship winner’s podium. The 17-year-old Lotus Formula 1 junior driver won the first-ever FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the 3.931 kilometres long Moscow Raceway from Jordan King (Carlin) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). With his race win, the Frenchman extended his lead in the drivers’ standings; he is now 84 points clear of 16-year-old Dutchman Verstappen.
Ocon benefited from his pole position and remained in the lead after the start. He gradually built up a lead of up to two seconds from his main rival in the race, King. After 24 laps, Ocon took the chequered flag as the winner of the race. King crossed the finish line in second place, confirming his good form that he already showed recently with his pair of podium finishes at the Norisring.
Verstappen, who won the last six FIA Formula 3 European Championship races at Spa-Francorchamps and the Norisring, slotted into fourth place after the start, but already overtook Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) on the second lap and subsequently tried to reduce the gap to King. Verstappen had Blomqvist right behind him, the Brit being able to keep up with the Dutchman’s speed. However, in the remainder of the race, the two didn’t succeed in challenging King’s second place and had to make do with third and fourth place respectively.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Antonio Fuoco and Nicholas Latifi (both for Prema Powerteam), Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) were classified in fifth to tenth place.