Zandvoort European Formula 3: Ilott dominates, Norris leads points

Callum Ilott dominated the second race of the Zandvoort round of the Formula 3 European Championship to lead home a British 1-2-3-4

Zandvoort European Formula 3: Ilott dominates, Norris leads points

Ilott, who inherited pole thanks to Lando Norris's grid penalty, got a good getaway and controlled the race throughout.

An early safety car, following a first-lap collision between Van Amersfoort Racing team-mates Pedro Piquet and Joey Mawson that left the Brazilian marooned in the Turn 10 gravel, proved no problem for Ilott.

He made an excellent restart and his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes was over one second in front of closest pursuer Jake Hughes after the first lap of post-caution green-flag action.

Ilott eventually finished 7.371s clear of Hughes's Hitech GP machine, which began to inch closer mid-race before Hughes had a slide at Turn 10 and took a few laps to bring the tyres back.

"The key was to get a good start and I did it," said Ilott, "and then I had to repeat that at the safety car.

"I had to do something different to Lando yesterday [Norris almost lost the lead of race one at the restart]; what I did [accelerating from the Turns 11/12 chicane] was less risky!

"I knew I had the pace - it's just that in Q1 I never got a lap free and Q2 was just a mess."

Norris was never able to challenge Hughes in a typically processional Zandvoort race, but the Carlin-run McLaren junior's third position was enough to elevate him above Maximilian Gunther and into the championship lead by one point.

Completing the British lockout of the top four was Harrison Newey.

The VAR driver got ahead of fourth-on-the-grid David Beckmann at the start, and was able to soak up a typically forceful early charge from the Motopark-run German.

Beckmann closed in again towards the end, but Newey held firm to bring himself more joy after finding out this week that he'd passed his A-levels.

Gunther, in seventh place, kept the pressure on the sixth-placed Carlin car of Ferdinand Habsburg throughout, but the Prema star wasn't able to force an opening.

Once Jehan Daruvala had taken a drive-through penalty for a false start, Prema duo Guan Yu Zhou and Mick Schumacher were lifted to eighth and ninth.

They ran in the queue behind Habsburg, as did final point scorer Ralf Aron, Nikita Mazepin and title contender Joel Eriksson, who could make little progress from his penalised 13th place on the grid.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22 34m52.414s
2 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 7.371s
3 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 8.742s
4 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 14.993s
5 David Beckmann Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 15.650s
6 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 20.059s
7 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22 20.756s
8 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22 21.837s
9 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22 22.405s
10 Ralf Aron Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 23.367s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 24.239s
12 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 24.671s
13 Keyvan Andres Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 34.803s
14 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 22 35.537s
15 Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 22 36.898s
16 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 37.078s
17 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 22 39.948s
18 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22 42.598s
- Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0 Retirement


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