Hamilton keeps his cool in race 1

Formula Three Euroseries Champion Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the series with a cool-headed victory in tricky conditions in today's first race at Hockenheim

Hamilton keeps his cool in race 1

The ASM Dallara-Mercedes driver led away from pole position and held the lead for all of the 17 laps. He nursed his wet tyres during the middle stint of the race, when the track appeared to be drying, and then increased his advantage as rain started to fall heavily in the closing stages.

Hamilton's eventual winning margin was more than 14 seconds.

Behind Hamilton, Lucas di Grassi ceded second initially to Franck Perera, but overtook the Frenchman at the hairpin on the opening lap and held the runner-up spot thereafter to make his third place in the series look more secure.

Perera, di Grassi's main challenger for third in the standings, appeared to be working his tyres hard in the early laps and was paying the penalty by mid-race; he had to give way to Maximillian Gotz in the other ASM Dallara, then Loic Duval's Signature machine.

Duval's car was damaged, though, after he'd collided with Paul di Resta earlier in the race, and a huge tank-slapper in the first corner of the penultimate lap handed back the placing to Perera. Duval finished fifth, ahead of his teammate James Rossiter.

The tricky conditions caused plenty of incidents; Guillaume Moreau and Ben Clucas, who'd both qualified strongly, made poor starts off the line.

Moreau tangled with Sebastian Vettel at the first corner and damaged his suspension, while Clucas was making a good recovery later in the race when he was tapped into a spin later by Fabio Carbone.

Carbone's damaged car then speared straight on in front of the Mercedes grandstand and slammed head-on into the tyre wall. The Brazilian escaped unhurt.

Hamilton also has the perfect opportunity to end the year on a high with a double victory - he starts tomorrow's second race from pole.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Lewis Hamilton ASM F3 31:16.906 2. Lucas di Grassi Manor Motorsport + 14.230 3. Maximilian Gotz ASM F3 + 16.553 4. Franck Perera Prema Powerteam + 24.345 5. Loic Duval Signature-Plus + 27.736 6. James Rossiter Signature-Plus + 28.523 7. Marco Bonanomi Prema Powerteam + 31.772 8. Esteban Guerrieri Team Midland Euroseries + 40.439 9. Atila Abreu ASL Mucke Motorsport + 41.607 10. Hannes Neuhauser HBR Motorsport + 47.046 11. Greg Franchi Prema Powerteam + 56.940 12. Filip Salaquarda Team I.S.R. + 58.752 13. Kohei Hirate Team Rosberg +1:09.784 14. Sebastian Vettel ASL Mucke Motorsport + 1 lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Paul di Resta Manor Motorsport 11 Thomas Holzer AM-Holzer Rennsport 8 Ben Clucas Team Midland Euroseries 7 Fabio Carbone Signature 7 Alejandro Nunez HBR Motorsport 6 Guillaume Moreau Signature 0 G. van der Garde Team Rosberg 0 Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:47.439 on lap 10 
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