Gunther yellow flag violation hands Ilott Formula 3 race one pole

Maximilian Gunther has been stripped of his pole position for the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring, handing it to Callum Ilott

Gunther yellow flag violation hands Ilott Formula 3 race one pole

Gunther set his pole lap under yellow flags, which came out because Sergio Sette Camara had crashed at the final corner.

The German improved his time in the final sector, where the accident was, meaning that his lap was taken away.

Euro F3 regulations fell into line in 2015 with general FIA rules, meaning that the championship no longer has a black-and-white rule saying that any improvement of a sector time under yellow-flag conditions will result in an automatic penalty.

But Autosport understands that officials can still include this under the umbrella of safety, and they listed it as 'non respection (sic) yellow flags'.

Gunther only loses this lap, and his second-best gives him second on the grid, just 18 thousandths adrift of Ilott.

Prema Powerteam, which runs Gunther, confirmed that it will not appeal the decision.

Three other drivers - George Russell, Niko Kari and Guan Yu Zhou - were also investigated by the stewards for improving their sector times through the yellow-flag zone.

But only Zhou's lap was his best of the session, so no further action was taken towards Russell or Kari.

Zhou's loss of his lap drops him from eighth to 16th in the session classification.

shares
comments
Williams F1 protege Stroll beats Russell to Red Bull Ring F3 poles
Previous article

Williams F1 protege Stroll beats Russell to Red Bull Ring F3 poles

Next article

Red Bull Ring European F3: Ilott wins as huge crash stops race

Red Bull Ring European F3: Ilott wins as huge crash stops race
Load comments
From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back Plus

From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back

After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it

FIA F3
Oct 6, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021