Lance Stroll leaves rivals standing in Red Bull Ring European F3

Formula 3 European Championship leader Lance Stroll scored by far the most impressive of his three wins to date by dominating the second Red Bull Ring race

Lance Stroll leaves rivals standing in Red Bull Ring European F3

Williams Formula 1 team protege Stroll jumped ahead of front-row partner George Russell at the start, before Callum Ilott wrested second place from his fellow Briton into Turn 2.

Stroll's Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes was 1.5 seconds in front when the safety car appeared on lap three.

After the restart Ilott kept Stroll on his toes, only for his right-front tyre to fade dramatically.

Ilott's Van Amersfoort Racing car ran wide out of the final turn on the 11th lap of 24, and Russell speared his Hitech GP machine up the inside into Turn 1, but locked up and ran wide, allowing Ilott back in front.

That extended Stroll's advantage to over two seconds, and he then pulled away dramatically in the closing stages to win by 9.9s.

"Callum was right behind me for a few laps and I had to defend in Turn 2 and 3," said Stroll.

"It wasn't so relaxing, but then they were battling behind and I pulled a bit of a gap. The car felt fantastic and we came away with the victory."

Russell, who reported a lack of straight-line speed, kept close to Ilott as top rookie Niko Kari homed in, the Red Bull-backed Finn's Motopark car finishing only just behind Russell.

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Mucke Motorsport's David Beckmann was fifth throughout in just his second race weekend since turning 16 years old.

An early fight for sixth between Prema team-mates Nick Cassidy and Maximilian Gunther culminated in Cassidy snatching the position from Gunther into Turn 1.

Both lost momentum and dropped into the midfield swarm, from which Cassidy would eventually retire.

That promoted the battle between Harrison Newey and Ben Barnicoat, who had stormed through from a grid-penalised start for a collision with Joel Eriksson in the first race.

But the two Brits simultaneously served drive-through penalties - Barnicoat for a jumped start and Newey for pushing Mikkel Jensen towards the grass - so Jensen moved up to complete a Mucke five-six, with late pressure from Gunther ending when the German ran wide at Turn 1 on the last lap.

Sergio Sette Camara got away late after appearing to stall, but fought through well to eighth, despite a big slide at Turn 1 on the final lap, with Alessio Lorandi and Eriksson completing the points scorers.

RESULTS - 24 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 35m11.908s
2 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 12.424s
3 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 12.891s
4 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 14.909s
5 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 18.938s
6 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19.813s
7 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 20.686s
8 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24.825s
9 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 28.232s
10 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 32.026s
11 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 32.273s
12 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 33.727s
13 Weiron Tan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 34.596s
14 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 35.261s
15 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 35.689s
16 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 38.851s
17 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 48.451s
- Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE Retirement
- Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Withdrawn
- Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Withdrawn


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