Wittmann wins Hockenheim race one

Marco Wittmann headed a Signature 1-2 at Hockenheim on Saturday morning in round three of the Formula 3 Euro Series, leading home Edoardo Mortara to claim his first win in the category

Wittmann wins Hockenheim race one

Poleman Wittmann got too much wheelspin at the start, allowing fellow front-row starter Daniel Juncadella (Prema) to lead into Turn 1. Wittmann ran wide there, side-by-side with Mortara, but just held second on the run to Turn 2, where all hell let loose as sixth-place qualifier Alexander Sims (ART) flew over the back of Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) and into retirement.

Juncadella made a mistake at Turn 2, allowing Wittmann and Mortara to get a run on him down to the Spitzkehre hairpin. Wittmann towed around his outside, and got to the apex first, but Mortara failed to repeat the move, and had to wait another two corners to demote Juncadella to third.

After that Juncadella's race quickly fell apart, as he slid wide on the exit of the Mercedes Arena, and would eventually finish eighth after a scrappy sequence of corners.

Wittmann and Mortara ran closely matched for the opening 12 laps until Mortara realised his team-mate was not going to make a mistake, and dropped back by 6.4 seconds by the flag.

Valtteri Bottas finished third for ART despite an engine problem that caused his Dallara-Mercedes to bog down exiting slow corners. In trying to make up for it, he threw his car through the gravel at the Mobil Kurve, but somehow stayed ahead of the close-following Roberto Merhi (Mucke).

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs drove well to finish fifth for Motopark, ahead of Esteban Gutierrez (ART).

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Marco Wittmann Signature D/V 28m16.473s 2. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V + 6.411s 3. Valtteri Bottas ART D/M + 11.487s 4. Roberto Merhi Mucke D/M + 12.027s 5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Motopark D/V + 14.355s 6. Esteban Gutierrez ART D/M + 16.371s 7. Antonio Felix da Costa Motopark D/V + 19.245s 8. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M + 21.712s 9. Matias Laine Motopark D/V + 26.183s 10. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M + 26.378s 11. Jimmy Eriksson Motopark D/V + 37.116s 12. Luis Jorge Sa Silva Motopark D/V + 1m07.132s 13. Jim Pla ART D/M + 1m15.664s 14. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M + 1m16.203s 15. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller D/M + 3 laps Retirements: Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V 1 lap Alexander Sims ART D/M 0 laps 
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