Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) kept his slim title hopes intact with victory in race two at Zandvoort, ahead of fellow Britons Jake Hughes (Hitech GP), Lando Norris (Carlin) and Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing).
Before the start of race two, numerous drivers were given penalties for failing to slow down for the yellow flags being waved after Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) spun off on the final lap of qualifying at the nameless Turn 10 left hander.
Because of the deductions, Norris lost his pole position and dropped to third behind Ilott – who himself was also investigated but wasn’t penalised – and Hughes.
Title contenders Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) and Joel Eriksson (Motopark) also received grid penalties, as did Ferdinand Habsburg, Ameya Vaidyanathan (both Carlin), Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam), Nikita Mazepin, Ralf Aron (both Hitech GP) and Marino Sato (Motopark).
The nine drivers penalised also received two penalty points on their licences for failing to slow down and risking an avoidable accident.
Ilott got a good start off the line but was that made redundant after Van Amersfoort Racing team-mates Joey Mawson and Pedro Piquet banged wheels on the opening lap, resulting in the latter being beached in the gravel pit and the second safety car appearance of the weekend.
At the restart, Ilott pulled away from the chasing pack, in what turned out to be an uneventful race and took a straightforward win ahead of Hughes, Norris and Newey.
The win was much needed for Ilott, something he expressed post-race: “Having inherited pole position yesterday, I was able to get into the lead at the start.”
“Then, there was a safety car intervention, but I could also defend my first place at the restart. Our speed was always good and I am happy that I was finally able to prove it with this victory. I reckon that I was at the right place at the right time today.”
Beckmann took fifth place ahead of Habsburg, who lead a train of cars over the line. The most notable of these were Günther in seventh and Eriksson, who failed to score in 12th.
FIA Formula Three Round Twenty Starting Grid
|1 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 1:28.161||2 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 1:28.220|
|3 Lando Norris, (GBR), Carlin, Grid Penalty||4 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 1:28.505|
|5 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:28.505||6 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, Grid Penalty|
|7 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, Grid Penalty||8 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, Grid Penalty|
|9 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, Grid Penalty||10 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 1:28.771|
|11 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 1:28.930||12 Ralf Aron (EST) Hitech GP, Grid Penalty|
|13 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, Grid Penalty||14 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Motopark, 1:28.893|
|15 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:28.996||16 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:29.026|
|17 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 1:29.514||18 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, Grid Penalty|
|19 Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin, Grid Penalty|
FIA Formula Three Round Twenty Official Classification
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Lap||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||22||34:52.414|
|2||Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||22||+7.371|
|3||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||22||+8.742|
|4||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||22||+14.993|
|5||David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||22||+15.650|
|6||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||22||+20.059|
|7||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||22||+20.756|
|8||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||22||+21.837|
|9||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||22||+22.405|
|10||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||22||+23.367|
|11||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||22||+24.239|
|12||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||22||+24.671|
|13||Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||22||+34.803|
|14||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||22||+35.537|
|15||Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP||22||+36.898|
|16||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||22||+37.078|
|17||Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin||22||+39.948|
|18||Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark||22||+42.598|
|Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||0||Left Track; Contact with Newey|