Lando Norris (Carlin) overcame a three-place grid penalty to win the third race of the FIA Formula Three European Championship at Spa-Francorchamps.
Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam) took the lead on the run down to Les Combes ahead of team-mate Callum Ilott, who then dropped to fourth behind Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) and Norris.
Günther then lost position to Norris and Ilott in successive laps due to the slipstream advantage on the run to Les Combes. Not long after, the German’s race was brought to an abrupt end.
Defending from Jake Hughes (Hitech GP) coming out of Raidillon and onto the Kemmel straight, Günther attempted to close the door when the two cars touched wheels, sending the championship leader into the barrier and as a result, the safety car was deployed.
When the race restarted, Norris immediately passed Zhou for the lead and began to pull away. Further back, Joel Eriksson (Motopark) – who started tenth on the grid – passed Ralf Aron (Hitech GP) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) in quick succession and went after Ilott and Zhou.
Towards the end of the race, Ilott initially got passed team-mate Zhou for second, before both fell victim to a charging Eriksson in identical manoeuvres at Les Combes.
On the final lap, Zhou copied the manoeuvre to overtake Ilott and claim the final podium position.
After the race, Norris discussed the importance of his win: “For me, the second race wasn’t good, but things had been going really well until then. Therefore, I really wanted to win today.
The McLaren junior continued: “I think that fourth place on the grid at Spa isn’t that much of a disadvantage at all. Once again, I had a good start in this race which is very important to me after the many weak starts I have had this season.”
Daruvala claimed fifth whilst Aron and race two winner Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) battled hard for sixth in the final laps, with Austrian coming out on top, with Mick Schumacher (Prema Powerteam), Harrison Newey and Joey Mawson (both Van Amersfoort Racing)
At the end of the weekend’s action, Maximilian Günther still leads the championship with 266, with Norris 18 points behind on 248 points and Eriksson still in touch on 240 points.
FIA Formula 3 Round Eighteen Starting Grid:
|1 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam, 2:11.388||2 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam, 2:11.780|
|3 Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam, 2:11.781||4 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin, 3 Place Grid Penalty|
|5 Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP, 2:11.906||6 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin, 2:11.912|
|7 Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP, 2:11.958||8 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin, 2:11.959|
|9 Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:12.210||10 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark, 2:12.276|
|11 Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP, 2:12.376||12 Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:12.387|
|13 Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam, 2:12.545||14 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing, 2:12.677|
|15 David Beckmann (GER), Motopark, 2:13.136||16 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark, 2:13.161|
|17 Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin, 2:13.448||18 Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark, 2:13.456|
FIA Formula 3 Round Eighteen Official Classification:
|Pos.||Name (Nationality), Team||Laps||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||15||35:36.677|
|2||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||15||+2.393|
|3||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||15||+4.142|
|4||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||15||+4.701|
|5||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||15||+7.890|
|6||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||15||+10.177|
|7||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||15||+10.973|
|8||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||15||+11.957|
|9||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+12.643|
|10||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+17.728|
|11||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||15||+17.937|
|12||Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||15||+19.265|
|13||Keyvan Andres Soori (GER), Motopark||15||+22.633|
|14||Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark||15||+23.646|
|15||Ameya Vaidyanathan (IND), Carlin||15||+24.534|
|16||David Beckmann (GER), Motopark||14||+1 Lap|
|Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||3||Crash; Contact with Hughes|
|Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||3||Sustained Damage; Contact with Günther|
FIA Formula 3 European Championship Drivers’ Standings after Eighteen Rounds:
|Pos.||Driver (Nationality), Team||Points|
|1||Maximilian Günther (GER), Prema Powerteam||266 Points|
|2||Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin||248 Pts|
|3||Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark||240 Pts|
|4||Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam||186 Pts|
|5||Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin||138 Pts|
|6||Jake Hughes (GBR), Hitech GP||100 Pts|
|7||Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam||99 Pts|
|8||Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin||93 Pts|
|9||Ralf Aron (EST), Hitech GP||80 Pts|
|10||Harrison Newey (GBR), Van Amersfoort Racing||75 Pts|
|11||Mick Schumacher (GER), Prema Powerteam||69 Pts|
|12||Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Hitech GP||52 Pts|
|13||Joey Mawson (AUS), Van Amersfoort Racing||48 Pts|
|14||Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing||45 Pts|
|15||Jake Dennis (GBR), Carlin||41 Pts|
|16||David Beckmann (GER), Van Amersfoort Racing/Motopark||28 Pts|
|17||Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Motopark||10 Pts|