Hockenheim Euro F3: Ferrari protege Lance Stroll takes first win

Ferrari protege Lance Stroll took his maiden Formula 3 European Championship win in the Hockenheim finale's first race after champion team-mate Felix Rosenqvist allowed him past on the opening lap

Hockenheim Euro F3: Ferrari protege Lance Stroll takes first win

Stroll made an excellent getaway from second on the grid, then the sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of Rosenqvist took a line into the Mercedes Arena that opened the door for the Canadian.

After an early safety car, racing resumed with Jake Dennis sending his Prema car down the inside of Rosenqvist, who offered little resistance, into the Spitzkehre hairpin.

Rosenqvist: Helping team-mates in finale 'fine by me'

Dennis remained within range of Stroll for much of the race, the 16-year-old extending the lead to over a second after half-distance, before Dennis nudged it down to nine tenths at the flag.

A sluggish start from the front row for Maximilian Gunther meant he had to fend off first-lap attacks from Antonio Giovinazzi, Alexander Sims and Charles Leclerc before consolidating a Prema 1-2-3-4 on his first appearance for the team.

Ahead of him, Rosenqvist oscillated between closing on Dennis and then dropping back to Gunther, setting a fastest lap more than half a second quicker than race winner Stroll's.

"My start was really good, and then when I was behind Felix he just didn't defend at all and I had an easy overtake," said Stroll.

"He had already won the championship, and I was fighting for points and so was Jake - it was Felix's decision and it all worked out."

Behind the Prema drivers, Leclerc attacked Giovinazzi early in the race, but then was passed by Sims - who had spun at the final corner on the green-flag lap - into the Mercedes Arena.

Sims, driving for the new Hitech Grand Prix team on its second race weekend, then went after Giovinazzi and passed him just under half-distance, again at the Mercedes Arena.

Giovinazzi finished sixth ahead of Carlin team-mate George Russell, who executed a perfect pass on Leclerc's Van Amersfoort Racing machine for seventh at Spitzkehre with six laps remaining.

Some way behind, Motopark's Markus Pommer took ninth, while Santino Ferrucci stormed his Mucke Motorsport car from 20th on the grid to inside the top 10 by lap eight, when he passed Signature driver Alexander Albon.

With Hitech not registered for the championship, Albon claimed the final point following a last-gasp tussle with Alessio Lorandi.

The safety car was brought out after various first-lap incidents that culminated in the damaged cars of Raoul Hyman, Andy Chang and Peter Li littering the circuit proximity.

In the fight for second in the championship, Giovinazzi now leads Leclerc by 10 points, with Dennis a further 11.5 adrift.

RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 35m48.561s
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.898s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.674s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 3.784s
5 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 6.192s
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 7.267s
7 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 9.438s
8 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 10.072s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 11.929s
10 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 15.569s
11 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 16.941s
12 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 17.842s
13 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 21.785s
14 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 25.379s
15 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 25.714s
16 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 26.276s
17 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29.506s
18 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 34.280s
19 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 34.992s
20 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 36.131s
21 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 40.108s
22 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 50.873s
23 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 53.937s
24 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 54.876s
25 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 55.616s
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 56.453s
27 Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 1m05.952s
28 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 1m14.372s
29 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.093s
30 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes Retirement


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