Hockenheim European F3: Ferrari's Marciello takes another win
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, May 4th 2013, 16:54 GMT|
Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello took his fifth Formula 3 European Championship win of the year in Saturday's second race at Hockenheim.
The Prema Powerteam driver made a terrific start from pole position and was a second clear by the end of the first lap in his Dallara-Mercedes.
He steadily pulled away to win by 8s and increase his championship lead from 57.5 points to 81.5 ahead of Felix Rosenqvist.
Front-row starter Tom Blomqvist held second place initially in his EuroInternational car, but came under heavy pressure from Marciello's Prema team-mate Lucas Auer during the middle part of the race.
Auer twice unsuccessfully tried to pass the Briton and was then briefly baulked as Blomqvist ran wide onto the kerb while entering the stadium section on lap 10.
Fortec driver Josh Hill, who had been right behind them, made an opportunist move on the outside and brilliantly passed both as they entered the Sachs Kurve to take second.
Hill and Blomqvist completed the podium - the former taking the best result of his rookie F3 campaign - with Auer holding off Felix Serralles in the second Fortec car for fourth.
Dennis van de Laar added to his excellent eighth spot on the grid with sixth, taking Van Amersfoort Racing's best result of the year in the process.
Prema's Alex Lynn and Ma-con's Sven Muller were next up - the latter having ceded sixth to van de Laar earlier on when he sailed off the track at the Spitz Kehre by himself.
Carlin's Jordan King and Mucke driver Rosenqvist completed the top 10.
Jann Mardenborough was eliminated at the Spitz Kehre on the opening lap when Antonio Giovinazzi tried to overtake and ended up being launched over the Carlin driver's car.
Double R driver Giovinazzi retired on the spot as well while Spike Goddard was forced to pit for a new nose and Lucas Wolf was also involved in the incident, which brought out the safety car.
Results - 35 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 35m11.372s 2. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc + 8.389s 3. Tom Blomqvist EuroInternational Dallara-VW + 10.395s 4. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc + 11.077s 5. Felix Serralles Prema Dallara-Merc + 12.784s 6. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 15.687s 7. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc + 16.166s 8. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW + 19.692s 9. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW + 20.271s 10. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 21.213s 11. Will Buller T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 21.509s 12. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW + 24.486s 13. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 25.330s 14. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc + 28.913s 15. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc + 33.079s 16. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc + 33.588s 17. Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 36.652s 18. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 36.985s 19. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc + 38.079s 20. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW + 38.560s 21. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc + 40.525s 22. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW + 41.713s 23. Ed Jones Fortec Dallara-Merc + 44.831s 24. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 48.758s 25. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 49.838s 26. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc + 52.910s 27. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc + 1m12.424s Retirements: Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 0 laps Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 0 laps