European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher wins from pole, Ticktum crashes

Mick Schumacher led from pole at the Red Bull Ring to take his fifth consecutive Formula 3 European Championship race win, as main title rival Dan Ticktum crashed out

European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher wins from pole, Ticktum crashes

Schumacher got the jump on fellow Prema Powerteam drivers Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman at the start to maintain the Italian team's 1-2-3.

Shwartzman tried to pass Armstrong on the opening lap, before his fellow Ferrari junior settled into second place.

After an early safety car when Van Amersfoort Racing team-mates Keyvan Andres and Sebastian Fernandez collided, Schumacher set to work building the gap to Armstrong, which settled around 1.5 seconds.

There was another safety car as the race entered its closing stages, after Artem Petrov and Alex Palou collided at Turn 4 as they battled for 11th place. Van Amersfoort Racing driver Petrov ended up in the gravel and Hitech GP's Palou pulled off at Turn 1 with a puncture.

That set up a sprint to the finish, and Shwartzman was again unsuccessful in his efforts to pass Armstrong, who had damaged his front tyre by running wide and was struggling on the brakes.

Juri Vips had settled in fourth, and shadowed Shwartzman for much of the race, after getting the better of an early battle with Motopark team-mate Jonathan Aberdein.

Aberdein then lost out to Prema's Ralf Aron on the second restart, but it was behind the sixth-placed South African that the drama occurred.

Red Bull Junior Ticktum tried to pass Sacha Fenestraz at Turn 3 at the restart, only for the Renault Formula 1 protege to run wide.

That allowed a run up the inside onto the back straight from Jehan Daruvala, who had already survived a collision with Carlin team-mate Nikita Troitskiy that tipped the Russian up onto two wheels and into the gravel at Turn 4.

Ticktum found himself pincered between the Carlin cars of Daruvala and Fenestraz on the back straight - there was contact between Ticktum and Fenestraz, and Daruvala also got caught up in the shunt, which put all three out of the race.

Schumacher took the win under caution, from Armstrong and Shwartzman.

"We had the worst side of the starting grid as it was a bit wet, but there were no issues with my start and it was enough to stay in front," said Schumacher, who is now 43 points ahead of Ticktum.

"I saw the guys fighting behind so I had a bit of a gap. It's a shame we finished under the safety car - it would have been nice to finish with a comfortable margin but I didn't get the chance."

The three-car shunt allowed Fabio Scherer, who started from a grid-penalised 22nd for picking up three written reprimands this weekend, to haul his Motopark car into seventh thanks to a late pass on Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg.

Ninth was Prema man Guan Yu Zhou, while Sophia Florsch scored her maiden F3 point as the sole survivor for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Result - 22 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 35m47.756s
2 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.348s
3 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.747s
4 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.140s
5 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.463s
6 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 5.251s
7 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 5.575s
8 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 7.640s
9 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 8.625s
10 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 9.337s
11 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 9.874s
12 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 11.217s
13 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 11.885s
14 Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 12.429s
15 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 14.093s
16 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
17 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
18 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement


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