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Verstappen loses podium for track limits offence, no action on Ocon clash

by Peter Allen
Max Verstappen

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

Max Verstappen has lost his podium finish in the first race of the FIA F3 European Championship weekend at Spielberg for a track limits offence, but stewards have taken no further action on the turn one incident between himself and Esteban Ocon.

Verstappen went off track at turn two, Remus, on the second lap to overtake Antonio Fuoco for fifth position. Verstappen went on to finish third, but has been given a five-second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage in that move on Fuoco, which drops him back to fifth place behind Jake Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist.

Dennis completes a Carlin lock-out of the top three positions, behind Jagonya Ayam-backed pairing Tom Blomqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Verstappen had challenged Ocon for the lead at the first corner of the race but contact was made that sent Ocon to the back of the pack and caused Verstappen to fall to sixth. Verstappen went for the inside but was forced up onto the kerb by Ocon. Verstappen bounced off the kerb, sending him wide and into the side of Ocon’s car. Stewards decided that this was a racing incident.

Verstappen’s demotion to fifth extends Ocon’s championship lead over the Dutchman to 106 points. It had been 116 at the start of the day.

Amended race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap?
1 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 24 laps in 34:22.248
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +4.089
3 Jake Dennis Carlin +11.750
4 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport +13.187
5 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +13.671
6 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +15.652
7 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +16.416
8 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam +20.375
9 Jordan King Carlin +20.970
10 Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport +21.531
11 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport +27.718
12 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +28.487
13 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam +29.038
14 F?lix Serralles Team West-Tec +31.778
15 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing +32.544
16 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec +43.387
17 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport +43.788
18 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing +45.608
19 Alfonso Celis Fortec Motorsports +46.950
20 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports +49.174
21 Richard Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport +53.067
22 Michele Beretta EuroInternational +1:05.641
Not classified
Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational +5 laps
Ed Jones Carlin +7 laps
Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam +10 laps
Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +11 laps