Verstappen scores a hat-trick at Spa
Max Verstappen also won for Van Amersfoort Racing the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the demanding 7.004 kilometres long track of Spa-Francorchamps. The 16-year-old Dutch prevailed in the duel against Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and demoted the Lotus F1 junior driver to second place.
Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) ended up third after beating Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) in a tight duel. Serrallés scored the best result to date for his team in its first season in the series.
Thanks to his triple victory, Verstappen moved up to third in the Drivers’ standings, equal on points with Austrian Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Frenchman Esteban Ocon extended his lead in the championship standings to an advantage of 94 points from runner-up Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin).