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Hungary European F3: Lotus F1 junior Ocon wins rain-affected race

Esteban Ocon stretched his Formula 3 European Championship lead with another win in the final race of the Hungaroring weekend.

From pole, Prema Powerteam's Lotus F1 Junior just managed to squeeze into the first corner in the lead from a fast-starting Lucas Auer.

Behind the leading duo, Felix Rosenqvist got past Antonio Fuoco into Turn 1, and then pulled a brave move on Mucke Motorsport team-mate Auer around the outside of Turn 2 to move into second place.

Rosenqvist was beginning to stabilise the gap to Ocon at around two seconds when he became the highest-profile casualty of the spate of track-limits penalties.

Fuoco had slipped ahead of Auer into the Turns 6/7 chicane on the opening lap, and inherited second when Rosenqvist took his drive-through, the Italian Ferrari protege thereby completing a Prema one-two.

Ruffling feathers on the F1 ladder

The race was halted three laps early when, after very light rain in the early stages, it suddenly became heavier - Ocon's times had dropped off by eight seconds when the safety car emerged, rapidly followed by the red flags.

Behind third-placed Auer, Max Verstappen fended off an attack from Antonio Giovinazzi to claim fourth.

Giovinazzi was trailed home by Carlin team-mate Tom Blomqvist, who pulled off a peach of a move on Felix Serralles into Turn 1 just before the rain came.

Serralles just held off Gustavo Menezes, while Jake Dennis passed Nicholas Latifi for ninth in the battle for lower-order points.

Jordan King failed to take the start after his retirement in this morning's race - his Carlin team elected to send his Volkswagen engine powerplant for attention from tuner Spiess rather than put in an alternative unit, thereby potentially avoiding three 10-place grid penalties.

Results - 17 laps:                                               
                                                                      
Pos  Driver               Team/Car                            Time/Gap
 1.  Esteban Ocon         Prema Dallara-Mercedes            28m11.326s
 2.  Antonio Fuoco        Prema Dallara-Mercedes               +4.756s
 3.  Lucas Auer           Mucke Dallara-Mercedes               +5.663s
 4.  Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW             +6.875s
 5.  Antonio Giovinazzi   Carlin Dallara-VW                    +8.390s
 6.  Tom Blomqvist        Carlin Dallara-VW                    +8.901s
 7.  Felix Serralles      West-Tec Dallara Mercedes           +11.142s
 8.  gustavo menezes      Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW            +14.162s
 9.  Jake Dennis          Carlin Dallara-VW                   +16.124s
10.  Nicholas Latifi      Prema Dallara-Mercedes              +17.034s
11.  Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Mercedes              +20.588s
12.  John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes             +22.059s
13.  Sean Gelael          Carlin Dallara-VW                   +23.961s
14.  Dennis van de Laar   Prema Dallara-Mercedes              +24.849s
15.  Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW            +25.133s
16.  Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes          +26.264s
17.  Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Mercedes              +26.910s
18.  Alexander Toril      T-Sport Dallara-NBE                 +30.480s
19.  Hector Hurst         West-Tec Dallara Mercedes           +35.497s
20.  Felipe Guimares      Double R Dallara-Mercedes           +35.817s
21.  Michele Beretta      EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes  +39.909s
22.  Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-NBE                 +41.710s
23.  Mitch Gilbert        Fortec Dallara-Mercedes             +46.194s

Retirements:
Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 7 laps
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