Callum Ilott took a comfortable race win from pole in the second Formula Three race at Hockenheim, with Prema Powerteam team-mates Maximilian Günther and Guanyu Zhou joining him on the podium to secure the team’s fifth consecutive Constructors’ title.
The race start was delayed after Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing) stalled on the grid. As a result, the drivers had to go another formation lap, whilst the Australian started the race from the pit lane.
The race did get under way, Ilott led the way from Günther and Zhou. Behind them on the approach to the Turn 6 hairpin, the driver’s champion Lando Norris (Carlin) drove onto the grass to avoid a collision with the car’s in front and dropped to thirteenth place.
Although Norris managed to make his way passed David Beckmann (Motopark) late on, the McLaren junior had too much work to do and eventually finished in eleventh.
The main battle on track however was between Jake Hughes (Hitech GP) and Joel Eriksson (Motopark) over fourth place, with the two drivers going wheel to wheel on several occasions before the Swedish pulled off the manoeuvre at the hairpin.
Back at the front, Ilott had pulled away from Günther to take a convincing race win, eleven seconds ahead of his German team-mate.
After the race, Ilott talked through his challenges throughout the race: “My start was good. Initially, I was still having problems with my brakes, but after a few laps, it was okay and I was able to pull away from the rest of the field. Overall, my car was very good and I was able to post consistent lap times. Moreover, it is great that we from the Prema Powerteam were able to take first, second and third place and have now won the teams’ title.”
Behind them, Zhou held off Eriksson at the end to ensure a Prema Powerteam whitewash on the podium.
Hughes had initially finished seventh after being overtaken by Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Tadasuke Makino (Hitech GP) late on. However, the two drivers were given five second time penalties for incorrect grid positioning, which promoted Hughes to fifth.
Nikita Mazepin (Hitech GP) also benefited from the penalties to move into sixth ahead of Piquet, with Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) in eighth, Makino dropping to ninth and Ralf Aron (Hitech GP) rounding up the top ten.
FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Nine Starting Grid:
|1 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 1:31.685||2 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:31.956|
|3 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 1:31.967||4 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 1:32.083|
|5 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.090||6 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 1:32.135|
|7 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 1:32,.163||8 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP, 1:32.203|
|9 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 1:32.215||10 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 1:32.246|
|11 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 1:32.299||12 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.335|
|13 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, 1:32.455||14 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:32.469|
|15 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 1:32.513||16 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 1:32.732|
|17 Juri Vips (EST), Motopark, 1:32.774||18 Felipe Drugovich (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.804|
|19 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 1:32.854||20 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.899|
|21 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin, 1:32.928|
FIA Formula Three Round Twenty-Nine Official Classification:
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Laps||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||21||32:41.110|
|2||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||21||+11.339|
|3||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||21||+14.174|
|4||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||21||+14.707|
|5||Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||21||+23.183|
|6||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||21||+23.977|
|7||Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+25.279; five second penalty for incorrect grid positioning|
|8||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||21||+26.941|
|9||Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP||21||+27.527; five second penalty for incorrect grid positioning|
|10||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||21||+27.716|
|11||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||21||+30.617|
|12||Juri Vips (EST), Motopark||21||+34.218|
|13||David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||21||+36.201|
|14||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+38.520|
|15||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+41.843|
|16||Felipe Drugovich (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+43.957|
|17||Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin||21||+44.532|
|18||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||21||+46.041|
|19||Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark||21||+47.272|
|20||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||21||+1:29.606|
|Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||Retired|