Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) held off competition from pole sitter Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) to win his first Formula 3 race at the Norisring.
Daruvala had the better start out of the two and held the racing line as the cars made their way into the opening Grundig corner.
The Indian driver had opened a small gap when the full course yellow was brought out for a collision between Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam) and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing).
When the racing resumed, Daruvala and Günther pulled away as Ralf Aron, Jake Hughes (both Hitech GP) and Lando Norris battled over third place.
The full yellow course was deployed once more after Tadasuke Makino (Hitech GP) crashed into Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing).
Despite the minor contact, Makino injured his wrist and as a result will miss the next two rounds at Spa-Francorchamps and Zandvoort respectively.
After the race was restarted, Daruvala continued to maintain the gap to Günther as Norris began to make his way up the field. The McLaren junior passed Hughes for fourth at the Grundig corner, before going after Aron.
After strong resistance, the Estonian cracked under pressure and ran wide at Grundig and allowed Norris into third towards the end.
Back at the front, Daruvala held his nerve and took the win ahead of Günther, becoming the first Indian driver to do so in Formula 3.
After the race, Daruvala spoke about his thought process as the race went on: “This time, my reaction at the start was very good. In the race, I wasn’t able to pull clear from Maximilian and I was under pressure throughout, I couldn’t afford a mistake.”
“Then, I mainly focused on getting the acceleration out of the corners right, which I managed to do. I reckon that the start was the key to this victory, so I mainly concentrated on that.”
Norris completed the podium ahead of Aron and Hughes, with David Beckmann producing a good drive to move up from eleventh to sixth, with Motopark team-mate Joel Eriksson in seventh.
Because of the weekend’s action, Günther still leads the Drivers’ championship with 236 points. Joel Eriksson is second on 202 points with Lando Norris third on 198 points.
|1 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 47.965||2 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 48.048|
|3 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 48.058||4 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 48.068|
|5 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT) Carlin, 48.088||6 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 48.134|
|7 Guan Yu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 48.139||8 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 48.181|
|9 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 48.201||10 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 48.201|
|11 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 48.203||12 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 48.225|
|13 Mick Schumacher (GER) Prema Powerteam, 48.267||14 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 48.292|
|15 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 48.359||16 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 48.381|
|17 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP, 48.419||18 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 48.432|
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Laps||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||39||39 Laps|
|2||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||39||+0.458|
|3||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||39||+3.088|
|4||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||39||+4.021|
|5||Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||39||+4.548|
|6||David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||39||+5.009|
|7||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||39||+5.753|
|8||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||39||+6.843|
|9||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||39||+8.165|
|10||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||39||+9.223|
|11||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||39||+10.158|
|12||Guan Yu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||39||+10.680|
|13||Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark||39||+19.348|
|14||Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||39||+20.004|
|15||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||39||+23.380|
|Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP||Suspension Damage; Contact with Newey|
|Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||Suspension Damage; Contact with Schumacher|
|Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||Suspension Damage; Contact with Piquet|
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Standing after Fifteen Rounds:
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Points|
|1||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||236 Points|
|2||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||202 Pts|
|3||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||198 Pts|
|4||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||166 Pts|
|5||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||106 Pts|
|6||Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||88 Pts|
|7||Guan Yu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||84 Pts|
|8||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||70 Pts|
|9||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||67 Pts|
|10||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||56 Pts|
|11||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||55 Pts|
|12||Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||44 Pts|
|13||Jake Dennis (GBR), Carlin||41 Pts|
|14||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||36 Pts|
|15||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||28 Pts|
|16||David Beckmann (GER), Van Amersfoort Racing/Motopark||28 Pts|
|17||Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP||10 Pts|