Red Bull Ring European F3: Antonio Giovinazzi scores belated win
|By Marcus Simmons||Sunday, August 3rd 2014, 14:43 GMT|
Antonio Giovinazzi made up for his disappointment earlier in the day to finally claim his first Formula 3 European Championship win at the Red Bull Ring.
The Italian led fellow Jagonya Ayam protege and Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen driver Tom Blomqvist all the way to win by three seconds.
Blomqvist tried his best to get past on the opening lap, before dropping away and completing an excellent weekend that has netted him a win and two seconds.
Lucas Auer squeezed ahead of Antonio Fuoco into the first corner, and the Austrian continued in third place to take his second podium of the day in his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes.
There was plenty of action behind. Max Verstappen tried to pass Fuoco at Turn 2, but ran wide over the next two corners and dropped to eighth.
Verstappen had to fight his way past Jordan King, Nicholas Latifi and then Jake Dennis before once again moving in to challenge Fuoco.
With four laps remaining the Dutchman made his move at Turn 1, but ran wide. As he returned to the track, he brushed against Fuoco, damaging the Italian's front wing.
Fuoco was forced to pit for a new wing, while Verstappen - who passed Fuoco cleanly on the lap after the incident - was penalised 20 seconds after the race, dropping him outside the points to 12th.
The decision promoted Latifi to fourth, the Canadian having passed Dennis on the exit of Turn 2 as the group bunched up in the wake of the Verstappen/Fuoco battle.
Dennis took fifth from Ed Jones and Jordan King, making it five Carlin runners in the top seven.
The points positions were completed by Gustavo Menezes, Tatiana Calderon and Sean Gelael - the Indonesian making it all six Carlin drivers in the top 10.
A host of drive-through penalties were given for improving sector times under yellow flags.
The most significant of these was championship leader Esteban Ocon, who had raced from 14th to eighth - and was running ahead of King and Jones - when he was forced to serve his penalty. He recovered to finish 13th.
There was one early safety car, caused when Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Toril went into the gravel at Turn 5 in separate incidents on the third lap.
Results - 24 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW 36m13.881s 2. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +3.151s 3. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Merc +11.212s 4. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Merc +15.289s 5. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +16.566s 6. Ed Jones Carlin Dallara-VW +17.344s 7. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +17.679s 8. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +18.393s 9. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +18.788s 10. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +20.774s 11. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +25.050s 12. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +33.498s 13. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Merc +33.832s 14. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Merc +43.860s 15. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +45.992s 16. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Merc +55.552s 17. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE +57.486s 18. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc +57.551s 19. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Merc +1m01.118s 20. Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational Dallara-Merc -3 laps Retirements: Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Merc 10 laps Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 7 laps Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE 2 laps Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Merc 2 laps Alfonso Celis Jr Fortec Dallara-Merc 0 laps John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc 0 laps