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Giovinazzi notches up first win of 2015 to extend European F3 lead

by Peter Allen
Antonio Giovinazzi

Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship/Thomas Suer

Antonio Giovinazzi extended his lead in the FIA F3 European Championship with his first victory of the season in a wet first race at Hockenheim.

After starting second on the grid, Giovinazzi passed pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist around the outside on the opening lap.

From there, the Italian survived two safety car restarts, and his win was secured by a third caution period late on that ran until the chequered flag.

Rosenqvist, who has pole position for all three races at Hockenheim, had to make do with second on his 27th start at the German circuit in an F3 car.

Charles Leclerc scored his third consecutive podium after taking third away from Maximilian Gunther on lap one.

Jake Dennis got up to fourth from sixth on the grid, relegating Gunther to fifth. The German rookie will however get two more chances to start from P3 after continuing his strong qualifying showing this morning.

Prema rookie Lance Stroll took sixth and was followed across the line by German F3 champion Markus Pommer, Mucke’s?Mikkel Jensen, his own team-mate Brandon Maisano and Giovinazzi’s fellow Jagonya Ayam driver Gustavo Menezes.

After qualifying down in 20th, Silverstone winner George Russell recovered as far as 12th, while Alex Albon came from the back of the 35-car grid to finish 14th.

The first safety car was required to fish Pietro Fittipaldi‘s car out of the gravel, the second when Tatiana Calderon and Nicolas Beer collided and the third when Raoul Hyman went off. Five other drivers failed to make the finish

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 16 laps in 35:33.962
2 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam +0.228
3 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing +0.793
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam +2.419
5 Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport +2.518
6 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam +3.973
7 Markus Pommer Motopark +5.697
8 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport +6.635
9 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam +7.616
10 Gustavo Menezes Carlin +8.769
11 Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport +10.287
12 George Russell Carlin +10.488
13 Callum Ilott Carlin +10.666
14 Alex Albon Signature +12.069
15 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports +13.633
16 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing +14.192
17 Fabian Schiller West-Tec +14.873
18 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark +18.998
19 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports +19.917
20 Sam MacLeod Motopark +20.763
21 Dorian Boccolacci Signature +21.806
22 Matt Solomon Double R Racing +22.681
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark +23.952
24 Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport +24.195
25 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark +24.923
26 Peter Li Fortec Motorsports +1 lap
Not classified
Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing
Raoul Hyman West-Tec
Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport
Ryan Tveter Carlin
Tatiana Calderon Carlin
Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing
Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports
Nicolas Beer Eurointernational
Julio Moreno T-Sport