Lando Norris (Carlin) took a commanding victory at Spa-Francorchamps to help his championship hopes in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Leading from pole position, the leading pack were four cars wide heading into Les Combes.
Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) was forced wide and collided with Jake Hughes (Hitech GP) when returning onto the track, the latter suffering suspension damage and retired from the race. As a result, the stewards gave Ilott a drive through penalty whilst the Safety Car was out and the Briton eventually finished the race in 14th.
After the restart, Norris pulled away and behind him, Nikita Mazepin (Hitech GP) went around the outside of championship leader Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) of Les Combes for second position. Mazepin initially began to close the gap, but Norris went even faster to claim victory.
After the race, McLaren’s junior driver was pleased with his performance: “The weekend so far has been very strong – fastest in every session and a win.” Norris continued: “Nikita started catching me a little so I had to start to push a bit, but then I opened up the gap and I could relax – [it was] a very good race.”
Further down the order, title contender Joel Eriksson once again had to make his way through the field, finishing ninth after starting 12th on the grid.
FIA Formula 3 Round Sixteen Starting Grid:
|1 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 2:12.144||2 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 2:12.369|
|3 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 2:12.420||4 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 2:12.588|
|5 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 2:12.668||6 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 2:12.918|
|7 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 2:12.969||8 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 2:13.077|
|9 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:13.095||10 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:13.105|
|11 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:13.110||12 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 2:13.131|
|13 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, 2:13.166||14 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 2:13.311|
|15 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 2:13.616||16 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 2:14.045|
|17 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 2:14.096||18 Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin, 2:14.332|
FIA Formula 3 Round Sixteen Official Classification:
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Laps||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||15||36:47.067|
|2||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||15||+2.807|
|3||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||15||+6.665|
|4||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||15||+9.593|
|5||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+10.014|
|6||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||15||+10.759|
|7||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+16.620|
|8||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||15||+18.748|
|9||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||15||+19.387|
|10||Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+20.427|
|11||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||15||+21.656|
|12||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||15||+23.982|
|13||Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||15||+24.759|
|14||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||15||+28.319|
|15||Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark||15||+33.085|
|16||Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin||15||+33.969|
|David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||Retired|
|Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||Suspension Damage; Contact with Ilott|