European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher wins race one to take points lead

Mick Schumacher scored his fourth consecutive win to move into the Formula 3 European Championship lead over Dan Ticktum at a wet Red Bull Ring

European F3 Red Bull Ring: Schumacher wins race one to take points lead

From pole position, Schumacher had to defend from faster-starting Prema Powerteam stablemate Robert Shwartzman into Turn 1. The Russian Ferrari protege put Schumacher under immense pressure during the opening lap.

On the lap two, Schumacher got his eye in and completed it 1.012 seconds to the good, and the gap hovered around that mark for the first half of the race.

Shwartzman, knowing the track was drying, then took it easy for a spell to conserve his rear tyres, but when he pushed again he couldn't do any more than erode the gap slightly, Schumacher winning by 0.903s.

"I managed to get maybe not the best start, and I had to defend quite hard to keep the position," said Schumacher.

"I had a good fight with Robert for the first few laps, and managed to pull a gap, then I managed it, although I felt the rear tyres were going away as it was drying out."

The podium was completed by Alex Palou, who put in a fantastic drive from 13th on the grid in his Hitech GP car.

Palou was up to sixth within a lap, then pulled off a great move on Juri Vips at the final turn on lap three to take fifth.

Ferdinand Habsburg had also made an impressive start from 11th on the grid, and the Carlin driver passed Marcus Armstrong for third on lap three.

But he was warned by stewards that his move on Vips on the opening lap, which began when he ran wide at Turn 3, was illegal and that he would be forced to take a drivethrough penalty if he did not give the place back to the Estonian.

Vips was also behind Armstrong and Palou by this stage, so when a furious Habsburg complied - he said he had backed off and allowed Vips back ahead, before outbraking him at Turn 4 - he slipped back to sixth.

Palou, now attacking Armstrong for third, finally made it through with an outside pass at the Turn 6 left-hander just before half-distance.

But he was five seconds behind the dominant Prema duo at the front, and could not make any inroads.

A recovering Habsburg found his way back past Motopark's Vips and Armstrong's Prema car, but he could not pull away and, as his rear tyres went off, he found himself under pressure once again.

Armstrong moved back ahead of Habsburg for fourth on the 20th lap of 22 with an outside pass at Turn 4, while Habsburg only just beat warring Motopark duo Vips and Jonathan Aberdein, who swapped places in the final turns of the last lap.

Pre-race points leader Dan Ticktum dropped back to 10th on the opening lap, but won a fantastic fight with Jehan Daruvala for eighth before closing on his Motopark team-mates towards the finish.

Fabio Scherer also passed the Carlin car of Daruvala, the duo completing the points finishers.

Result - 22 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 35m30.307s
2 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0.903s
3 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 5.811s
4 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 12.911s
5 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 15.505s
6 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.127s
7 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.256s
8 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19.409s
9 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24.864s
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 26.718s
11 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 28.286s
12 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 28.616s
13 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 29.737s
14 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 31.341s
15 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 34.842s
16 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 39.602s
17 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 45.723s
18 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 49.928s
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 57.660s
20 Julian Hanses Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 58.101s
21 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m00.927s
22 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m04.008s
23 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2 Laps


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