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Ocon doubles up in second race at Moscow Raceway

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: FIA Formula 3 Championship

Photo: FIA Formula 3 Championship

Prema Powerteam’s Esteban Ocon continued to dominate in European Formula 3’s seventh round at Moscow Raceway as he picked up his second win in race two.

The Frenchman enjoyed a speedy getaway from pole position and immediately established a solid gap to his rivals.

Bringing the advantage up to three and a half seconds over the opening laps, he then managed the gap over the remainder of the 24-lap race and emerged victorious.

Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco had a relatively slow start from the front row but managed to narrowly keep Tom Blomqvist behind out of turn one. The Italian then withstood race-long pressure from the Carlin driver as Blomqvist eventually had to settle for third.

Ocon’s closest standings rival Max Verstappen ran in fourth during the early stages of the race, but was forced out of the race with a mechanical issue on lap 12. As such, Mucke’s Lucas Auer inherited fourth place with Jordan King moving into fifth.

Jake Dennis managed to keep Felix Rosenqvist at bay to claim sixth place, while Nicholas Latifi fended off Gustavo Menezes for eighth.

Dennis van de Laar then overtook Menezes into the final corner of the final lap, making it four Prema cars in the top nine. Menezes, who attempted to force van de Laar wide, was visibly irritated in tenth, having seen the move completed off-track.

The final race of the weekend will take place this afternoon, with Ocon lining up on pole yet again.

UPDATE: Gustavo Menezes received a 20-second post-race penalty for “more than 1 change of direction” while fighting van de Laar. As such, he was demoted out of the points, with P10 going to Felix Serralles.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 24 laps in 35:42.871
2 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +5.309
3 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +5.842
4 Lucas Auer kfzteile24 M?cke Motorsport +7.028
5 Jordan King Carlin +8.685
6 Jake Dennis Carlin +13.728
7 Felix Rosenqvist kfzteile24 M?cke Motorsport +15.890
8 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam +23.652
9 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam +26.583
10 Felix Serralles Team West-TecF3 +27.192
11 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing +29.846
12 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +31.485
13 Santino Ferrucci Eurointernational +34.724
14 Roy Nissany kfzteile24 M?cke Motorsport +38.165
15 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +46.621*
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +50.904
17 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +1 lap
Not classified
Michele Beretta EuroInternational +9 laps
Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +12 laps
Hector Hurst Team West-Tec F3 +23 laps

* – 20-second post-race penalty