Alex Lynn scored a flag-to-flag win, his second this season, in the second heat of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Norisring.
As the cars streamed into the first corner, where there’s always plenty of action, in front of packed grandstands Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), second on the grid, passed his team-mate Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) to take the lead. The Italian was also caught out by Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (Threebond with T-Sport).
Lynn kept up the pace and had an untroubled run to the chequered flag coping with the traffic and the pressure of his rivals with brio. “I made a good start and after that I pushed hard until the flag,” analysed the winner. “Here more than anywhere else you have to remain concentrated from start to finish. Last year I wasn’t quick enough on this circuit so I’m very happy with this win. Our car’s good and I think we can do well in the third race.”
Marciello who fell back to fourth passed Sims in the second half of the race. He came home third, which became second as Felix Rosenqvist did not appear in the classification because of the appeal lodged by his team following his exclusion in qualifying. “The day’s been hard on my nerves as I finally learned that I’d won the first race just a few minutes before the start of the second heat,” said Marciello. “I made a very bad start. I almost stalled! I think I was fifth at the end of the first lap so I had to take a few risks to fight my way back. First in race one, second or third in the second one depending on the outcome of Felix’s appeal, whatever happens it’s been a very good day in the context of the championship.”
Alexander Sims, who was making his comeback to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the wheel of a car entered by Threebond with T-Sport, was very happy with his top-3 finish that he had to fight for. “The Threebond with T-Sport car is quick as we’ve shown with this result,” underlined the experienced English driver. “It was an interesting race but I didn’t want to do too much to fend off Raffaele or attack Felix so as not to interfere with the championship. Nonetheless, I’m satisfied with the result and above all by our level of performance. I’m sixth on the grid for the third race so I’ll have to fight hard to clinch another top-3 finish”
The Fortec Motorsports drivers, Pipo Derani and Felix Seralles, rounded out the top 5 and confirmed their promising performance since the start of the weekend. The remaining points went to Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Harry Tincknell (Carlin), Jordan King (Carlin), Michaël Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam). The Austrian finished twelfth and took advantage of the fact that Guest Drivers Nick Cassidy (Eurointernational), tenth, and Daniil Kvyat (Carlin), eleventh are not allowed to score points.
The third and last race of the weekend will start tomorrow, Sunday, at 11h00 local time.