European F3 Red Bull Ring: Ferrari junior Shwartzman claims first win

Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman took his maiden Formula 3 European Championship race win in the final Red Bull Ring race to deny Mick Schumacher a second successive weekend clean sweep

European F3 Red Bull Ring: Ferrari junior Shwartzman claims first win

Shwartzman made a slightly better start than polesitting Prema Powerteam stablemate Schumacher, and Schumacher squeezed him to the inside on the run up to Turn 1.

As Schumacher turned in, there appeared to possibly be a minor bump from Shwartzman that sent Schumacher into the runoff area, although he kept his foot in and drew abreast on the climb to Turn 3.

Schumacher probed again at Turn 4, as Shwartzman ran a little wide, but the leader claimed the inside line for the first of the two sweeping left-handers and his advantage was secure.

Within six laps Shwartzman stretched the lead to a second, and it hovered around this margin for most of the rest of the race, before the gap shrank to 0.815 seconds as Shwartzman took the flag.

"It was really tough with Mick because he's so quick," said Shwartzman.

"This feels great. I did a little bit better start than Mick - he left space at Turn 1 and went wide, and that was really nice of him.

"My target then was to pick up a good pace to get away from the other guys and I think it worked out.

"The car felt amazing and I want to congratulate Prema, because now they've won the teams' championship."

Despite his defeat, Schumacher nevertheless stretched his championship lead over Dan Ticktum to 49 points, as the Red Bull Junior finished fourth.

That means that a points-scoring finish ahead of Ticktum in the first race of the final round at Hockenheim will give Schumacher the title.

Ticktum had a good first lap to rise from seventh to fifth, and then forced his way ahead of Marcus Armstrong for fourth on lap two.

He then closed in on Motopark team-mate Jonathan Aberdein, but the increasingly impressive South African F3 rookie made no mistakes in defending.

Ticktum in turn was in the invidious position of having the Prema car of Armstrong lurking behind him, before the Kiwi fell away later in the race.

Ticktum mounted one last bid to pass Aberdein with a tyre-smoking lock-up at Turn 3 on the final lap, but could not prevent Aberdein taking the final place on the podium.

Ralf Aron ran sixth in his Prema-run car before he was passed at Turn 4 with 10 laps to go by Carlin duo Ferdinand Habsburg and Jehan Daruvala.

Motopark's Juri Vips, who lost places on the first lap from fourth on the grid, was also part of this battle before dropping back with a moment, but recovered to pass Aron for eighth on the final lap.

Alex Palou (Hitech GP) got the better of an early battle with Fabio Scherer with Sacha Fenestraz - who eventually retired - to claim 10th position and the final point.

Result - 25 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 35m25.183s
2 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.815s
3 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 7.912s
4 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 8.444s
5 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 10.304s
6 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 12.541s
7 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 13.069s
8 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.421s
9 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18.370s
10 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 18.901s
11 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 23.205s
12 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24.295s
13 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 26.943s
14 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 28.606s
15 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29.214s
16 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29.831s
17 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 33.120s
18 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 34.030s
19 Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 34.673s
20 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 36.724s
21 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 40.760s
22 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 41.435s
- Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement


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