European F3: Eriksson wins again, Norris crashes out

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Source: Motorsport.com

Joel Eriksson (Motopark) took his second victory of the weekend as Lando Norris (Carlin) crashed out on the final lap whilst battling for second place with Ralf Aron (Hitech GP).

Eriksson led Norris from pole as the field jostled for position on the opening lap, and as a result Aron bang wheels with Callum Ilott whilst going through Turn 6, resulting in Ilott’s retirement.

Shortly after, German drivers Keyvan Andres Soori and David Beckmann (both Motopark) got tangled together and the full course yellow was deployed.

Once the debris was cleared, the race restarted with Eriksson and Norris pull away as they tussled for the win.

Near the end of the race, Norris got the better drive out of Turn 4, causing Eriksson to move across to defend the position.

However, Norris tried to move to the opposite side of the track to avoid an incident but was caught up in the Swede’s slipstream and lost part of his front wing, which consequently allowed Eriksson to win the race.

Norris was forced to reduce his speed, allowing third placed Aron to catch up, with Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) close behind.

On the final lap, Aron got a great exit out of Turn 2 and used his momentum to make his way past into Turn 3.

On the other hand, Norris went to cover his line and as the McLaren junior went to move back onto the racing line, this caught Aron off guard who subsequently locked front wheels.

This caused the Estonian to clatter into Norris and leaving the two beached in the gravel trap.

On the final lap, third place Aron gets a better exit out of Turn 2 and tries to use the slipstream to pass; Norris goes defensive, causing Aron to lock brakes in avoidance and the two collide and go off and end up beached in the gravel.

Habsburg crossed the line second because of the incident but the Austrian, in addition to Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam), was racing under a five second time penalty for exceeding track limit and dropped to fourth in the official classification.

Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing) was also racing under a five second penalty, this time for overtaking under the full course yellow, allowing Nikita Mazepin (Hitech GP) to finish in second ahead of team-mate Tadasuke Makino, who claimed his first ever podium in Formula Three.   

Behind Habsburg was Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam), whose fifth-place finish keeps him in title contention following Norris’ last lap retirement and is 74 points behind with an available 75 points at the season finale at Hockenheim.

Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) took sixth ahead of Mawson, followed by Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam) and Beckmann, whilst Marino Sato (Motopark) secured his first point of the season in tenth.

FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Seven Starting Grid:

1 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 1:23.545 2 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 1:23.650
3 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 1:23.756 4 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 1:23.781
5 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 1:23.841 6 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:23.878
7 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, 1:23.889 8 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP, 1:23.916
9 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 1:23.918 10 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 1:23.931
11 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:23.984 12 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:23.992
13 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 1:24.042 14 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:24.094
15 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark,1:24.097 16 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:24.128
17 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 1:24.159 18 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin, 1:24.405
19 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 1:24.461 20 Petru Florescu (ROM), Motopark, 1:25.047

 

FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Seven Official Classification:

Pos. Driver (Nationality), Team Lap Time/Reason for Retirement
1 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark 24 35:04.815
2 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP 24 +5.737
3 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP 24 +8.978
4 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin 24 +9.206; 5 second time penalty for exceeding track limits
5 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam 24 +9.652
6 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin 24 +10.644
7 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing 24 +11.286; 5 second time penalty for overtaking yellow flags
8 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam 24 +11.482
9 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark 24 +19.592
10 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark 24 +20.273
11 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing 24 +20.699
12 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin 24 +23.033
13 Petru Florescu (ROM), Motopark 24 +27.231
14 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam 24 +28.510; 5 second time penalty for exceeding track limits
15 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing 24 +29.452
16 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP 24 +1:16.093
17 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin 23 +1 Lap; Collision with Aron
18 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP 23 +1 Lap; Collision with Norris
Not Classified
Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark 3
Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam 1

 

FIA Formula Three European Championship Drivers’ Standings after 27 Races:

Pos. Driver (Nationality), Team Points
1 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin 411
2 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam 339
3 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark 333
4 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam 297
5 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP 193
6 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin 177
7 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin 171
8 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam 119
9 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP 118
10 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing 106
11 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam 94
12 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP 86
13 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing 81
14 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing 60
15 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP 53
16 David Beckmann (GER), Van Amersfoort Racing/Motopark 44
17 Jake Dennis (GBR), Carlin 41
18 Max Defourney (BEL), Van Amersfoort Racing 2
19 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark 1
20 Sacha Fenestraz (FRA), Carlin 1

 

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