Hamilton Wins Marlboro Masters

Lewis Hamilton won his second straight international Formula Three race with a clear victory in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort today

Hamilton Wins Marlboro Masters

The British ASM Dallara-Mercedes driver followed up last December's win in Bahrain, easily seeing off the challenge of his teammate Adrian Sutil.

The pair shared the front row of the grid and went into Tarzan corner in that order, which didn't change for the rest of the race.

As Hamilton steadily pulled clear, Manor Motorsport driver Lucas di Grassi turned up the heat on Sutil, finishing less than a second behind the German.

Di Grassi's teammate Paul di Resta was gaining on this pair after dropping to fifth with a mistake on the first lap, but settled for fourth ahead of Kohei Hirate (Team Rosberg).

"This was a perfect weekend for me," Hamilton said after the race. "My win may have looked easy - but it wasn't. Following my good start I succeeded in opening a gap on Adrian, and then I focused on keeping the gap on a constant level to save my tyres."

His teammate Sutil commented: "I'm truly delighted to have finished second in the most prestigious European F3 race - even if I could have delivered an even better performance, today. But Lewis was just faster, so the result is fine for me."

Third place finisher di Grassi was equally content with his result. "In the Marlboro Masters it's vital to secure a good grid position. As overtaking is extremely difficult, on this track, I knew that it would be anything but easy to pass Adrian. Therefore, I'm happy to have finished third."

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Lewis Hamilton ASM F3 39:02.044 2. Adrian Sutil ASM F3 + 6.477 3. Lucas di Grassi Manor Motorsport + 7.254 4. Paul di Resta Manor Motorsport + 8.068 5. Kohei Hirate Team Rosberg + 26.917 6. Giedo van der Team Rosberg + 30.950 7. Marko Asmer Hitech Racing + 31.533 8. Franck Perera Prema Powerteam + 32.156 9. Hannes Neuhauser HBR Motorsport + 33.656 10. Loic Duval Signature-Plus + 34.582 11. Sebastian Vettel ASL Mucke Motorsport + 35.134 12. Charlie Kimball Carlin Motorsport + 35.404 13. Mike Conway Fortec Motorsport + 36.069 14. Guillaume Moreau Signature + 36.309 15. Atila Abreu ASL Mucke Motorsport + 43.269 16. Ho-Pin Tung JB Motorsport + 50.283 17. Ross Zwolsman Ross Zwolsman + 50.875 18. Marco Bonanomi Prema Powerteam + 52.985 19. Stephen Jelley Menu F3 Motorsport +1:02.331 20. Nico Verdonck Team Midland +1:07.292 21. Greg Franchi Prema Powerteam +1:07.548 22. Thomas Holzer AM-Holzer Rennsport +1:25.062 23. Ronayne O'Mahony Fortec Motorsport +1:26.899 24. Alvaro Barba Hitech Racing + 1 Lap 25. Keiko Ihara Carlin Motorsport + 1 Lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Alejandro Nunez HBR Motorsport 15 Alvaro Parente Carlin Motorsport 12 Christian Bakkerud Carlin Motorsport 10 James Walker Fortec Motorsport 10 James Rossiter Signature-Plus 5 Bruno Senna Double R Racing 4 Esteban Guerreri Team Midland 2 Dan Clarke Double R Racing 2 Ryan Lewis T-Sport 1 Ferdinand Kool JB Motorsport 1 
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