Maximilian Günther followed up on his impressive qualifying display and dominated the first race in Hungary with a convincing light to flag victory – his third in a row this season – to take the lead in the championship.
The virtual safety car was deployed on the opening lap after Ralf Aron (Hitech GP) crashed into the back of Pedro Piquet (Carlin) at the Turn 6 chicane.
However, from there on, Günther pulled away and claimed a well-deserved win, with Jake Hughes (Hitech GP) in second and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) in third.
In the post-race interview, the German was wary that the title is far from over:
“The weekend, that started with pole position in first qualifying, has been very good so far. My start into the race was good and I was able to maintain the lead.
“After that, the most important thing was to control the tyre degradation, which I managed as well. This win and the 25 points that come with it are important to me. The fact I am currently leading the FIA Formula Three European Championship points’ standings is less important, even though it is nice, of course.
“However, I am working from one race to another, because it is only at the end of the season when it matters”
Joey Mawson (Van Amersfoort Racing) got a much-needed finish in fourth, ahead of Brit Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) who still has a slim chance of winning the championship this year, currently 49 points behind Günther.
Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing) managed to beat Ferrari Academy driver Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) to sixth as Günther’s main title rivals had a challenging day but were able to pick up some valuable points.
Lando Norris (Carlin) had started seventh and dropped to tenth after the start but managed to fight his way through to eighth place ahead of Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam).
Joel Eriksson (Motopark) had struggled in the first qualifying session and started from 17th. Regardless, the Swede drove valiantly to beat his new team-mate David Beckmann to the final points position in tenth.
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Laps||Time/Cause of Retirement|
|1||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||21||21 Laps|
|2||Jake Hughes, (GBR), Hitech GP||21||+5.873|
|3||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||21||+6.509|
|4||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+7.142|
|5||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||21||+9.473|
|6||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||21||+12.034|
|7||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||21||+13.726|
|8||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||21||+14.313|
|9||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||21||+21.944|
|10||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||21||+22.406|
|11||David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||21||+24.440|
|12||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||21||+25.038|
|13||Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Hitech GP||21||+25.911|
|14||Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||21||+26.512|
|15||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||21||+29.679|
|16||Marino Sato (JPN), Carlin||20||+1 Lap|
|Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||12||+9 Laps|
|Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||0||Collision with Piquet|