Silverstone European F3: George Russell claims maiden victory

McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell took the second win of the Formula 3 European Championship opener at Silverstone

Silverstone European F3: George Russell claims maiden victory

The 17-year-old emerged from minor contact with the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Antonio Giovinazzi after the start, as the duo went three-abreast with polewinner Charles Leclerc.

Giovinazzi, who had tried to squeeze between the two rookies, then made a move around the outside of Russell at Village, but ran wide, and the lost momentum allowed Leclerc to spear around his outside and snatch second into Brooklands.

There was an early safety car due to a lower-midfield collision at Village, which resulted in Tatiana Calderon's car being marooned in the middle of the circuit, before Russell made a good restart.

Leclerc chipped away at the gap, the Van Amersfoort Racing driver bringing it down to below a second, but when he got close to Russell his front tyres began graining and he fell away again towards the finish.

"I managed to get quite a good start," said Russell. "The safety car was a bit worrying for me, but I got a good restart and built a nice gap to Charles.

"He started catching up again, but I think I held onto my tyres better than he did."

Giovinazzi, along with fellow second-row starter Brandon Maisano, elected to run on four used tyres in this race, with the most of the other leading frontrunners having two new Hankooks on the left side.

Added to damaged steering from the collision with Russell, this meant the Italian dropped back in third, although fourth-placed Lance Stroll - the leading Prema Powerteam runner in this race - was never able to get close enough to challenge.

Stroll's team-mate Maisano was fifth, although Alex Albon's Signature car was not far adrift after wriggling past fast starter Fabian Schiller.

A large queue then built up in the wake of Team West-Tec driver Schiller that provided most of the race's excitement.

First-race winner Felix Rosenqvist, who stormed through from 35th on the grid in his Prema car, claimed seventh place with seven laps remaining, and Pietro Fittipaldi took advantage to slip his Fortec Motorsport machine ahead of Schiller too.

On the final lap, Jake Dennis, who had lost ground on the first lap, tried to pass Schiller for ninth at Club, but a collision sent the German wide and tore the left-rear wheel adrift of the Brit's car.

Mucke Motorsport duo Santino Ferrucci and Mikkel Jensen - the Dane recovering from a clash with Dorian Boccolacci - took advantage to grab the final points.

RESULTS - 18 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 36m33.460s
2 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1.723s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 5.412s
4 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 6.332s
5 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 13.630s
6 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 15.005s
7 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22.178s
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 36.821s
9 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 42.445s
10 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 43.404s
11 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 44.052s
12 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 44.849s
13 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 45.599s
14 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 45.928s
15 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 46.420s
16 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 46.592s
17 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 50.542s
18 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 50.935s
19 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 52.882s
20 Nicolas Beer EuroInternational Dallara/Mercedes 55.323s
21 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 56.477s
22 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m02.028s
23 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m03.680s
24 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m05.301s
25 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m12.137s
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
27 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
28 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
- Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement


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