Williams F1 junior Lance Stroll seals Euro F3 title

Williams Formula 1 hopeful Lance Stroll wrapped up the Formula 3 European Championship with four races to spare in the second encounter of the weekend at Imola

With his only challenger Maximilian Gunther at the back of the grid due to exclusion from qualifying, the Canadian was odd-on to clinch the title.

Gunther made good progress to 13th, before he lost it coming out of Rivazza, spearing into the inside barrier before bouncing into the middle of the track, and causing the second of three safety cars in a caution-infested race.

Stroll now only needed to finish in the top three to become champion, but aced every restart and built up an enormous lead each time to bring his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes home unchallenged.

Joel Eriksson took second in his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen, but only after a terrific fight with Hitech GP driver George Russell.

Russell dived into second place into Tamburello at the start of lap two, and even began making inroads into Stroll's lead before Gunther's crash.

But, one lap after that caution ended, he fell victim to the brave Eriksson's outside pass into Tamburello to reclaim second.

Prema rookie Ralf Aron had his best race for some time, running fourth throughout, but there was plenty of battling behind.

Harrison Newey initially ran fifth, before losing the spot to Sergio Sette Camara.

An off for Sette Camara at Rivazza reinstated Newey to fifth, but the Briton's consistently poor restarts cost him after the final caution.

He was passed by Guan Yu Zhou, Motopark's Ferrari junior up from 14th on the grid, and then as Nick Cassidy tried to follow through they both lost time running side by side, allowing Anthoine Hubert to complete the top six in his Van Amersfoort Racing car.

Cassidy took seventh from Newey, with Niko Kari and Mikkel Jensen completing the top 10.

Jensen had been scrapping for seventh with Ben Barnicoat before they went into the gravel together at the Villeneuve chicane.

The first safety car was caused when Callum Ilott, who had already been into the gravel exiting Tamburello, got stuck in the gravel trap at Rivazza.

The final one was triggered when David Beckmann, who was running sixth, lost it at Villeneuve and smacked the barriers.


Pos Driver Team Car Laps Time Gap
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m36.662s -
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 35m38.061s 1.399s
3 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m39.545s 2.883s
4 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m40.579s 3.917s
5 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 35m41.559s 4.897s
6 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m42.652s 5.990s
7 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m43.214s 6.552s
8 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m43.864s 7.202s
9 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19 35m44.409s 7.747s
10 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m46.500s 9.838s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m47.520s 10.858s
12 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 19 35m47.801s 11.139s
13 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 19 35m48.941s 12.279s
14 Andy Chang ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 19 35m51.730s 15.068s
- Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17 32m29.426s Retirement
- David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 14 26m09.170s Retirement
- Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 11 21m23.908s Retirement
- Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 7 12m37.179s Retirement
- Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 1m43.558s Retirement

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