Verstappen takes first win as a RB Junior
Max Verstappen had a perfect start as a Red Bull Junior Team member: at the Nürburgring, the 16-year-old won his first outing in the colours of the Austrian Formula 1 World Championship-winning team. At the 3.629 kilometres long sprint circuit, the Dutch Van Amersfoort driver won the entertaining 25th FIA Formula 3 European Championship season round from Prema‘s Antonio Fuoco and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). At a drying track, Verstappen scored his eighth win of the season and was thus able to reduce the gap to the championship leader. Frenchman Esteban Ocon , who finished sixth in the Nürburgring race, remains on top in the drivers’ standings.
The race started at a still wet, but already drying track. Nevertheless, three drivers took the risk of starting with rain tyres: Richard Goddard, series’ novice Wing Chung Chang and Michele Beretta. Especially Goddard, who had started from 20th place, benefited from his initial tyre advantage and took the lead on lap seven. On lap 13, he lost it again because his rain tyres degraded and in spite of a spirited drive, he was left without a chance against the faster Verstappen. In the remainder of the race, the Australian dropped back more and more and eventually crossed the finish line in 19th place.
Out in front, Verstappen only managed to pull clear from his main rival Fuoco, while the latter had his compatriot Giovinazzi in his rear-view mirrors until the end of the race. Jordan King took the chequered flag in fourth place from Tom Blomqvist and Ocon, who battled for a long time. Lucas Auer, Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci and Edward Jones rounded out the top ten in a race that had plenty of excitement.