Mortara takes Zandvoort win

Edoardo Mortara cruised to his fifth victory of the season in the first Formula 3 Euro Series race of the weekend at Zandvoort

Mortara takes Zandvoort win

The championship leader led comfortably from pole position at the start, and was able to ease away from Valtteri Bottas. The Finn closed up again in the last few laps, but only as Mortara took it easy to the finish.

Bottas was able to snatch second from Marco Wittmann at the start. The ART driver then spent the entire race keeping the German at bay. Wittmann never really launched a serious attack, but he did have a look down the inside a couple of times into the first corner.

The top three finished the race 15 seconds clear of the battle for fourth, which was led by a hobbling Alexander Sims.

The British driver battled an ill-handling car for the entire race after colliding with Laurens Vanthoor at the start. Sims was able to hold off Roberto Merhi for fourth, but Vanthoor dropped down to eighth due to a quick 360-degree spin.

The Belgian then moved up a place on lap 12, when Daniel Juncadella went off from sixth place and beached himself in a gravel trap.

That minor shuffle in the order promoted Antonio Felix da Costa - a first-time winner last time out at the Nurburgring - into eighth and pole position for Sunday.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V 29m38.034s 2. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M + 0.995s 3. Marco Wittmann Signature D/V + 1.406s 4. Alexander Sims ART D/M + 16.474s 5. Roberto Merhi Mucke D/M + 16.829s 6. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M + 18.033s 7. Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V + 18.615s 8. Antonio Felix da Costa Motopark D/V + 19.325s 9. Christopher Zanella Motopark D/V + 23.818s 10. Jim Pla ART D/M + 29.223s 11. Mika Maki Motopark D/V + 29.617s 12. Matias Laine Motopark D/V + 30.661s 13. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M + 31.065s Retirements: Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M 11 laps 
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