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Giovinazzi wins second Nurburgring race after Verstappen retires

by Peter Allen
Antonio Giovinazzi

FIA F3 European Championship

Antonio Giovinazzi claimed victory in the second FIA F3 European Championship race at the Nurburgring after Max Verstappen retired from the lead with a car problem.

Pole-sitter Tom Blomqvist got a poor start and dropped to third behind Verstappen and Giovinazzi. Verstappen was never able to pull away up front, with Giovinazzi, Blomqvist,?Esteban Ocon and?Antonio Fuoco all lapping within four seconds.

Verstappen withstood the pressure for 19 laps and a half laps but then slowed on the run to the chicane, losing the lead. He pulled into the pits, but stopped before he could make it to the Van Amersfoort Racing garage. It was far from the first such issue Verstappen’s Dallara-Volkswagen has suffered this year.

It enabled Giovinazzi to score his second win of the season, and his second in the space of three races. Blomqvist finished 0.771s behind in a Jagnoya Ayam with Carlin one-two, while Ocon completed the podium. Having been faced with again finishing down the order as his main rival Verstappen took victory, he instead increased his points lead from 77 to 92.

Fuoco was fourth ahead of Lucas Auer, Jordan King and Felix Rosenqvist, with the top seven covered by just seven seconds. A bit further back was Ed Jones in eighth, Tatiana Calderon ninth and Nicholas Latifi tenth.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 25 laps in 34:39.329
2 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +0.771
3 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam +1.404
4 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +3.294
5 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport +4.674
6 Jordan King Carlin +5.101
7 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport +7.078
8 Ed Jones Carlin +15.488
9 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing +18.511
10 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam +19.100
11 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport +20.277
12 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam +21.717
13 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +31.907
14 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +40.530
15 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport +41.206
16 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport +41.247
17 Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational +47.283
18 Michele Beretta EuroInternational +48.368
19 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing +56.268
20 Andy Chang Team West-Tec +1:06.446
21 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +2 laps
Not classified
Felix Serralles Team West-Tec +4 laps
Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +6 laps
Jake Dennis Carlin +11 laps