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|
|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|