F3 European Championship: Sixth victory for Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi scored his sixth win of the season in FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the second race of the season’s finale at Hockenheimring Giovinazzi led from start to finish, ahead Prema Powerteam duo Jake Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist. With 25 points award Giovinazzi secured runner-up spot behind new champion Rosenqvist, with one more race scheduled for tomorrow.
Jake Dennis, despite two second places at Hockenheimring, didn’t collected enought points to remain in the fight for second second place in the championship. He has 5,5 points more than fourplaced Charles Leclerc, so in tomorrow’s race they will fight for third place. Jake Dennis will have advantage because he secured pole position for Race 3.
In Race 2 we saw two early Safety Car interventions, after opening lap crash of Alex Albon and Nabil Jeffri’s crash in Lap 5. After restart in Lap 9 Felix Rosenqvist took the second from team-mate Jake Dennis and tried to attack Giovinazzi. Italian successfully defended his lead, so Rosenqvist ‘returned’ position to Dennis few laps before the end.
All positions from 4th to 9th was unchanged from first lap to the chequered flag – Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) was fourth, Alexander Sims (Hitech GP) fifth, Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) sixth, Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) eighth and Sergio Sette Camara (Motopark) finished ninth. Only change in Top 10 happened when Markus Pommer (Motopark) stole the 10th place from Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing).
After the race Alexander Sims has been excluded from the results because of technical infringement. While vacuum testing the car the scrutineers detected too much air being able to enter the engine. All the air feeding the engine must pass through an air restrictor, which must have a maximum diameter of 28mm. In Sims’s case additional air got into the engine through a hole, which is not complaint to the rules.
“The team has not manipulated the car, it was just bad luck. In lap two Alexander Albon ended up in the gravel tossing stones into the air. Alexander Sims was following Albon and was hit by a shower of stones. Some have taken off his wind shield; others have created a crack in his airbox. It is a shame that this led to the exclusion and to losing fifth position,” David Hayle, Team Principal of HitechGP commented.
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