Hockenheim European F3: Lucas Auer cruises to race one win
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 11:38 GMT|
Lucas Auer took a comfortable win in the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim, while rookie sensation Max Verstappen crashed out on the first lap.
Auer's win was straightforward, the Mucke Motorsport driver leading all 22 laps on his way to a 7.1s win over Carlin duo Ed Jones and Jordan King.
The majority of the race's action occurred on the first lap.
Having made a bad start from fourth on the grid, Verstappen (Van Amersfoort) came into the hairpin too hot, crashing into the side of Prema's Nicholas Latifi, ending both drivers' race.
Front-row starter Antonio Giovanazzi was another to be caught out by the first-lap action and retire from the race, resulting in a short safety car period.
When the race resumed at the start of lap 3, the top three quickly settled into a rhythm, Auer leading Jones and Estaban Ocon, while King leapfrogged his way from 10th on the grid to fourth.
The quartet remained in those positions until the final lap, before Ocon fell back to ninth after apparently running out of fuel just a couple of corners from the finish.
That promoted King into third, ahead of Tom Blomqvist and Felix Rosenqvist, while Mitchell Gilbert scored his first points of his season for Fortec with sixth.
Jake Dennis was the best rookie in seventh, ahead of Felix Serralles, Ocon, and Spike Goddard, who scored both his and the NBE engine's first point with 10th.
Antonio Fuoco, meanwhile, failed to score, the Prema driver finishing 11th after a quiet race.
Results - 22 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc 35m03.745s 2. Ed Jones Carlin Dallara-VW +7.120s 3. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +11.625s 4. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +17.173s 5. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc +19.993s 6. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Dallara-Merc +21.056s 7. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +22.142s 8. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Merc +23.266s 9. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc +23.731s 10. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE +25.410s 11. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc +29.472s 12. Felipe Guimaraes Double R Dallara-Merc +32.500s 13. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +37.689s 14. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +50.657s 15. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara-Merc +51.584s 16. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE +55.957s 17. Michele Beretta Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +58.463s 18. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +1m00.008s 19. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc +1 lap 20. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc +1 lap Retirements: Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 18 laps Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc 14 laps Riccardo Agostini Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 6 laps Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 6 laps Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW 0 laps Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 0 laps Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc 0 laps