Bottas defends Masters title

Valtteri Bottas became the first driver ever to win the Masters of Formula 3 title twice, with victory in today's event at Zandvoort

Bottas defends Masters title

Rain just before the race promted a safety car start, with Roberto Merhi - fourth on the grid - the only front runner to elect to start on wet weather tyres.

The Spaniard took an early lead while conditions suited him, but once the track began to dry out he was passed by pole-sitter Alexander Sims and Bottas.

Sims soon lost his lead to ART team-mate Bottas and the Finn was able to control the rest of the race from the front. Marco Wittman concluded the podium in third.

"It was a tough race, but now I am really happy," said Bottas. "Winning the Masters for the second time was my goal for this weekend.

"Before the race, we opted for slicks, which turned out to be the right choice. It was close once or twice while lapping other drivers, but that is part of the game."

Carlin's Jean-Eric Vergne was the highest-placed driver from the British championship in fourth, ahead of reigning Macau Grand Prix winner Edoardo Mortara and Gabriel Dias.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M 41m38.851s 2. Alexander Sims ART D/M +1.131 3. Marco Wittmann Signature D/V +11.054 4. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin D/V +12.693 5. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V +18.563 6. Gabriel Dias Hitech D/V +1:07.717 7. Lucas Foresti Carlin D/V +1:11.166 8. Wayne Boyd Sino Vision D/M +1:14.084 9. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor D/M +1:15.227 10. Rio Haryanto CF/Manor D/M +1 lap 11. William Buller Hitech D/V +1 lap 12. Roberto Merhi Mucke D/M +1 lap 13. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin D/V +1 lap 14. Nigel Melker Mucke D/M +1 lap 15. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M +1 lap 16. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M +2 laps 17. Adderly Fong Sino Vision D/M +2 laps 18. Antonio Felix da Costa Motopark D/V +2 laps 19. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M +2 laps 20. Matias Laine Motopark D/V +3 laps 21. Stef Dusseldorp Signature D/V +3 laps 22. Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V +3 laps Not classified Jazeman Jaafar Carlin D/V 2 laps Jim Pla ART D/M 2 laps 
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