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Fuoco cruises to victory in opening Homestead race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Florida Winter Series

Photo: Florida Winter Series

Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco took his third victory in the Florida Winter Series in the first race at Homestead.

Fuoco led the race lights-to-flag and was at no point under real threat of losing the lead.

The Italian established a two-second lead over nearest rival Raffaele Marciello the opening laps and expanded it to four seconds as the race went on.

The field would bunch up with two minutes to go when Dennis van de Laar went off, causing a safety car, but there simply wasn’t enough time for a restart, meaning that Fuoco and Marciello were allowed to calmly cruise to the finish line to complete an FDA 1-2.

In third, Max Verstappen staved off late-race pressure from Nicholas Latifi, while Ed Jones kept Tatiana Calderon at bay to take fifth.

Vasily Romanov and Takashi Kasai rounded out the finishers, with front row starter Alex Bosak and Ferrari junior Lance Stroll having pulled into the pits at the end of the opening lap.

Race results
Pos. Driver Time/Gap
1 Antonio Fuoco 18 laps in 27:56.221
2 Raffaele Marciello +0.263
3 Max Verstappen +0.534
4 Nicholas Latifi +1.002
5 Ed Jones +2.286
6 Tatiana Calderon +3.648
7 Vasily Romanov +5.113
8 Takashi Kasai +5.946
Not classified
Dennis van de Laar +3 laps
Lance Stroll +17 laps
Alex Bosak +17 laps