Hockenheim European F3: Giovinazzi win seals runner-up spot

Antonio Giovinazzi took victory in the second race of the final Formula 3 European Championship round at Hockenheim to sew up the runner-up spot in the points

Hockenheim European F3: Giovinazzi win seals runner-up spot

Jagonya Ayam protege Giovinazzi led every lap in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, pursued by the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes pair of Jake Dennis and 2015 champion Felix Rosenqvist.

There was some more 'after-you' racing from the Prema boys as the team sought to maximise Dennis's chances of moving up from fourth in the championship.

Rosenqvist: Helping team-mates 'fine by me'

First, Rosenqvist went down the inside of Dennis into the Spitzkehre hairpin on the first lap after the second of two early safety-car periods.

Rosenqvist then applied massive pressure to Giovinazzi, only for the Italian to steady his nerve and pull away once again.

"I was going really crazy to see Felix in the mirror," said Giovinazzi, who would have lost massive ground to Dennis in the race for second in the championship if he'd cracked under the pressure.

"I made a mistake at the hairpin, and then I say to myself, 'Don't watch Felix in the mirror.'"

Rosenqvist then reported a worsening issue with his gear-cut (the system that allows drivers to flat-shift), and Dennis drove back past him with five laps remaining.

With Giovinazzi winning, Dennis can no longer claim second place in the championship, but he has moved ahead of the fading Charles Leclerc for third with one race remaining.

Dennis was unimpressed with Giovinazzi's tactics at the first corner, where he ran wide onto the run-off in order to fend off the faster-starting Brit.

"For sure it was my corner, and he just drove completely off the track - I'm a bit annoyed about that," he said.

"My pace was good on the last seven or eight laps and I could match Antonio, but the first half of my race was dreadful."

Maximilian Gunther made it three Prema drivers in the top four, keeping the Hitech GP car of Alexander Sims at bay after the Brit had taken serious air in a 'wheelie' moment when he ran wide onto the grass exiting Turn 1.

NEWS UPDATE: Sims excluded from fifth

Mikkel Jensen (Mucke Motorsport) was close in sixth, with the Prema machine of earlier winner Lance Stroll next up.

The best battle was for eighth, where Sergio Sette Camara did a great job to stay resolute in the face of attack from George Russell, which in turn allowed Sette Camara's Motopark team-mate Markus Pommer to close in.

Leclerc ran with this gaggle early on, before slipping back to 11th and the final point, as Hitech runner Sims is ineligible to score.

The first safety car was caused when fifth-placed Alexander Albon lost it at Turn 1 on the second lap and slammed backwards into the wall, although he got out of the car without significant injury.

The second was triggered by a tangle at the restart at Spitzkehre between Nabil Jeffri and Tatiana Calderon that stranded the Malaysian with deranged front-left suspension.

RESULTS - 21 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 35m33.967s
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.863s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 3.762s
4 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 5.281s
5 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 8.765s
6 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 9.755s
7 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 15.993s
8 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 16.633s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.437s
10 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 19.899s
11 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21.268s
12 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21.726s
13 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 22.730s
14 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 23.346s
15 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 25.644s
16 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 31.803s
17 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 32.956s
18 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 33.300s
19 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 33.760s
20 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 37.725s
21 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 38.966s
22 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 47.941s
23 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.799s
24 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 49.782s
25 Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 50.845s
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 51.374s
27 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 51.560s
28 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
29 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 3 Laps
- Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes Disqualified
- Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes Withdrawn

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