Hamilton Reasserts his Authority

Runaway Formula Three Euroseries leader Lewis Hamilton recovered from a disappointing race yesterday with a crushing display in today's second race at the Nurburgring

Hamilton Reasserts his Authority

The ASM driver came from second on the grid to overhaul pole-sitter Lucas di Grassi by the first corner. Thereafter he controlled proceedings, often adding more than a second per lap to his advantage in typically changeable Nurburgring conditions.

Things weren't so straightforward for the rest of the pack, however. Di Grassi collided with Manor teammate Paul di Resta at the first corner and retired at the end of the opening lap.

There was similar intrateam chaos at Signature - James Rossiter clouted Loic Duval at the opening corner, and the Briton then slid into countryman Danny Watts at the next turn, forcing them both out of the race.

The first-corner chaos allowed Adrian Sutil and Marco Bonanomi to hold second and third initially, but the Italian was soon dispatched by a charging Sebastian Vettel, and the young German then nipped past Sutil when the second ASM driver slid wide on the damp surface at Turn One.

Hamilton cruised to the finish almost 20 seconds clear of the pack, with Vettel holding off Sutil in second. Bonanomi, Giedo van der Garde and Franck Perera rounded out the top six.

"After yesterday I really wanted to push today, just to show people that I hadn't cracked," said Hamilton. "I did my fastest lap when I had a 17-second cushion because I didn't want to give anything away.

"I was overwhelmed when I went across the line - it's such a good end to what's been a difficult weekend for me."

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Lewis Hamilton ASM F3 30:18.782 2. Sebastian Vettel ASL Mucke Motorsport + 19.615 3. Adrian Sutil ASM F3 + 22.411 4. Marco Bonanomi Prema Powerteam + 29.406 5. G. van der Garde Team Rosberg + 29.533 6. Franck Perera Prema Powerteam + 31.557 7. Kohei Hirate Team Rosberg + 34.572 8. Guillaume Moreau Signature + 35.737 9. Greg Franchi Prema Powerteam + 38.664 10. Loic Duval Signature-Plus + 41.855 11. Hannes Neuhauser HBR Motorsport + 45.055 12. Esteban Guerrieri Team Midland Euroseries + 47.448 13. Fabio Carbone Signature + 52.430 14. Alejandro Nunez HBR Motorsport + 54.535 15. Thomas Holzer AM-Holzer Rennsport + 57.782 16. Stephan Jelley Team Midland Euroseries +1:08.767 17. Atila Abreu ASL Mucke Motorsport + 1 Lap 18. Julia Kuhn + 1 Lap 19. Filip Salaquarda Team I.S.R. + 5 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Paul di Resta Manor Motorsport 9 Lucas di Grassi Manor Motorsport 1 James Rossiter Signature-Plus 0 Danny Watts HBR Motorsport 0 Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:22.744 
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