Esteban Ocon has claimed victory in the second round of Moscow. The French tax authority has been his teammate, Antonio Fuoco, and Briton Tom Blomqvist. Ocon also takes a big step in the overall after the early withdrawal of Max Verstappen, while fighting for the podium.
In the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) continued to improve his track record in Russia. Following three pole positions and victory in the first race of the weekend, the Lotus Formula 1 junior driver also won the second race near the Russian capital. For the entire race, Antonio Fuoco withstood the pressure by his direct rival on track, Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and managed to bring second place home. With his seventh victory of the season, race winner Ocon managed to extend his lead in the drivers’ standings; he now has a 109 points’ lead from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). The 16-year-old Dutchman retired due to technical problems.
Esteban Ocon already used the opening stages of the race to pull clear from his rival Antonio Fuoco. After only three laps, the Frenchman was leading by more than two seconds and gradually extended his margin. In a similar way, Fuoco was also able to pull a gap from Tom Blomqvist, who was ahead of Max Verstappen, Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Jordan King (Carlin). After a few laps, Blomqvist closed up to Fuoco again and reduced the gap. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen visibly slowed down on lap eleven and had to retire in the pits at the end of lap twelve due to technical problems.
Halfway through the race, Esteban Ocon was almost four seconds clear of his team-mate Antonio Fuoco, who still wasn’t able to pull away from Blomqvist. However, the Brit didn’t mount a serious challenge to Fuoco’s second place before the chequered flag came out. Thus, behind dominant race winner Ocon, Fuoco came home ahead of Blomqvist. Fuoco scored his sixth podium finish of the year, Blomqvist took part in the prize-giving ceremony for the fifth time this season.
Lucas Auer, Jordan King, Jake Dennis (Carlin), Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam), Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten. In the process, Latifi and van der Laar only found a way past a charging Menezes in the closing stages of the race and demoted the American driver with Brazilian roots to tenth place.
|1.||2||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||35:42.871|
|2.||25||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+5,309|
|3.||31||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+5,842|
|4.||3||Lucas Auer||AUT||Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||+7,028|
|7.||27||Felix Ronsenqvist||SWE||Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||+15,890|
|8.||1||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+23,652|
|9||26||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+25,583|
|10.||16||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26,621|
|11.||21||Felix Serrallés||USA||Team West-TecF3||+27,192|
|12.||18||Tatiana Calderón||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+29,845|
|13.||15||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+31,481|
|15.||4||Roy Nissany||ISR||Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||+38.165|
|16.||19||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+50,904|
|17.||20||Sean Gelael||INA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+1 LAP|
|Out||8||Michele Beretta||ITA||Eurointernational||+9 LAPS|
|Out||30||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+12 LAPS|
|Out||22||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-TecF3||+23 LAPS|