Euro F3 Hockenheim: Mick Schumacher clinches title as Juri Vips wins

Mick Schumacher clinched the Formula 3 European championship after finishing second to a dominant Juri Vips in the second race of the series finale at Hockenheim

Euro F3 Hockenheim: Mick Schumacher clinches title as Juri Vips wins

Schumacher put poleman Vips under pressure for the first quarter of the race, but then lost a big chunk of time on the seventh lap of 21 and, after a further lock-up at Mercedes Arena, had to focus his attentions on pulling away from Prema Powerteam stablemate Ralf Aron.

This he did to claim the title, while rival Dan Ticktum put in a gritty charge from 15th on the grid to take seventh.

The safety car emerged straight away after an incident on the run to the first corner ended with Sacha Fenestraz in the barriers, Julian Hanses in the gravel and Enaam Ahmed touring round to the pits with a puncture.

Motopark racer Vips had Schumacher filling his mirrors for a couple of laps after the restart, before Schumacher dropped back.

From then on, Vips gradually extended his margin to over four seconds, before finishing 3.4s clear of Schumacher, with Aron third.

A frantic scrap for third on the first lap between Alex Palou and Robert Shwartzman resulted in Palou diving down the inside of the Russian at Mercedes Arena wreathed in tyre smoke, and the opportunist Aron - from eighth on the grid - demoting both of them.

Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala managed to work their way past Palou for fourth and fifth on the first lap after the restart, and several laps later Carlin driver Daruvala managed to pass the Prema machine of Shwartzman at the Spitzkehre hairpin.

While Palou fell down the order to an eventual eighth in his Hitech GP car, the grid-penalised Fabio Scherer (owing to his incident with Ferdinand Habsburg in race one) rose from 12th to sixth, and got close to Shwartzman as the race entered the closing stages.

Ticktum, once he had passed Palou, also gained on Scherer, but ran out of time to catch his Motopark team-mate for sixth.

Marino Sato ran in the top 10 early on, but conceded ninth to the sister Motopark car of Jonathan Aberdein when he ran wide at Turn 1, and then dropped down the order, so Carlin's Nikita Troitskiy claimed the final point after holding off Guan Yu Zhou.

Marcus Armstrong, who dropped out of title contention in this morning's race, was late away on the formation lap, started from the pitlane, and worked his way through the tailenders before a clash with Sophia Florsch ended his race.

Race result:

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 35m34.771s
2 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 3.472s
3 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 6.299s
4 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 7.775s
5 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 9.021s
6 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 10.179s
7 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 10.925s
8 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 21 14.618s
9 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 21.752s
10 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 22.548s
11 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 22.794s
12 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 25.226s
13 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 21 30.297s
14 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 30.952s
15 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 31.353s
16 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 31.675s
17 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 33.657s
18 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 35.129s
19 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 37.704s
20 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 1m19.269s
- Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16 Retirement
- Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 7 Retirement
- Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement
- Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement

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