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Ocon wins again in rain-shortened final Hungaroring race

by Peter Allen
Esteban Ocon

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

Esteban Ocon collected his second win of the weekend in a third FIA F3 European Championship race a the Hungaroring that was shortened by rain.

The Frenchman didn’t appear to make the best of starts from pole position, but he defended his lead well. Felix Rosenqvist moved into second place past Mucke team-mate Lucas Auer, who was then relegated to fourth at the chicane by Antonio Fuoco.

Ocon gradually opened up a two second lead over Rosenqvist when the F3 veteran was handed a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits.

After he served that, Ocon extended his leading margin to eight seconds when rain began to fall. As the conditions worsened, race control opted to throw a safety car and then a red flag.

Ocon’s fifth victory of the season – and the first time he has won twice in a weekend – saw him add another 25 points to his tally and extend his series lead to 82 points.

Fuoco and Auer repeated their race two results with second and third respectively. Max Verstappen scored points for the first time since the first race at Pau in fourth ahead of the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin pairing of Antonio Giovinazzi and Tom Blomqvist, who made up for losing a place at the start by taking sixth from Felix Serralles with a late dive at turn one before the rain came.

Gustavo Menezes followed Serralles in eighth, with Jake Dennis passing Nicholas Latifi before the safety car for ninth.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 17 laps in 28:11.326
2 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +4.756
3 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport +5.663
4 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +6.875
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +8.390
6 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +8.901
7 Felix Serralles Team West-Tec +11.142
8 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +14.162
9 Jake Dennis Carlin +16.124
10 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam +17.034
11 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport +20.588
12 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports +22.059
13 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +23.961
14 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam +24.849
15 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +25.133
16 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing +26.264
17 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport +26.910
18 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport +30.480
19 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec +35.497
20 Felipe Guimaraes Double R Racing +35.817
21 Michele Beretta EuroInternational +39.909
22 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport +41.710
23 Mitch Gilbert Fortec Motorsports +46.194
Not classified
Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing +10 laps