Euro F3 Hungaroring: Ticktum wins pending collision investigation

Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum took the first victory of his Formula 3 European Championship career at the Hungaroring, pending a post-race investigation into a first-lap incident

Euro F3 Hungaroring: Ticktum wins pending collision investigation

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Ticktum led away from the line on a track dampened by earlier rain, but a sensational start from Marcus Armstrong, who had qualified fifth, carried the New Zealander into the lead at Turn 1.

As Prema Powerteam driver Armstrong turned in on the inside line, his left-rear wheel made contact with the right-front wing of Macau Grand Prix winner Ticktum's Motopark machine.

Armstrong immediately started losing places with a puncture, and pitted at the end of lap one - he made a speculative switch to wet-weather tyres, before calling it a day two laps later.

Due to the earlier rain, those in the even-numbered grid positions off the racing line suffered a wetter track at the start.

For the second race running, Alex Palou appeared to stall on a slippery circuit from a front-row start, and the Hitech GP driver plummeted down the field.

By contrast, Prema's Ralf Aron made a rocket start from his drier seventh grid position, emerged from a three-abreast moment with team-mates Mick Schumacher and Guan Yu Zhou down to Turn 1 to move into third, and then moved past the stricken Armstrong into second.

Aron had no answer to the pace of Ticktum, and was one of three drivers - the others being Sebastian Fernandez and Artem Petrov - to be awarded a five-second penalty for a jumped start.

Try as he might, the Estonian couldn't pull away sufficiently from fellow Prema drivers Zhou, Robert Shwartzman and Schumacher.

While Zhou was promoted to second from Shwartzman and Schumacher, Aron was demoted to fifth, and that means Ticktum claims the championship lead, by half a point from Aron.

"Luckily I managed to convert pole into a win, which I didn't in Pau [in the opening round]," said Ticktum.

"Going to the grid it was a little bit nerve-wracking, particularly for the man on pole, but you just have to look ahead and feel the car as much as possible [in the slippery conditions].

"It was difficult for the first five laps, but after 10 laps the track was pretty much back to normal and I just managed the pace as much as I could."

Ferdinand Habsburg made a great start from 11th on the grid to get up to fifth on lap one, then pulled off a great move on Shwartzman to briefly take fourth - around the outside into the Turns 6/7 chicane.

But minor contact between the pair punctured Carlin driver Habsburg's right-rear tyre, and he was forced to the pits.

Motopark rookie Juri Vips was elevated to sixth, with a comfortable buffer to the Hitech machine of Enaam Ahmed.

Gradually Ahmed reeled in Vips so that he was on his tail with three laps remaining, but he was unable to find a way past - and in turn pre-race championship leader Sacha Fenestraz closed in with his Carlin car in the closing stages.

Hitech's Ben Hingeley survived an early battle with Jonathan Aberdein, who spun at Turn 1, to take ninth, with Fabio Scherer (Motopark) claiming the final point.

Race 1 result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 36m07.068s
2 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 7.514s
3 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 8.792s
4 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 9.454s
5 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 10.289s
6 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 17.256s
7 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 17.986s
8 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 18.553s
9 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 25.007s
10 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 29.931s
11 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 30.809s
12 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 32.201s
13 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 35.708s
14 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 42.523s
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 44.830s
16 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 47.113s
17 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 48.317s
18 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 50.203s
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 51.796s
20 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 54.189s
21 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 22 1m05.047s
- Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 13 Retirement
- Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 11 Retirement
- Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 3 Retirement


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