He had to wait nine races for his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, but in his home round at Brands Hatch, his patience was finally rewarded: Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) won the first race of the weekend at the 1.929 kilometres long Indy version of the ex-Formula 1 circuit of Brands Hatch. Thus, the Brit is already the fifth young driver to win a race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) rounded out the podium, which was a clean sweep for the Italian Prema Powerteam. Raffaele Marciello remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings.
Sven Müller (ma-con) was third behind the two Prema drivers, until he retired on lap 36. Lucas Auer inherited third place, soon after having overtaken Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). The Swede took the chequered flag in fourth place, followed by the second-best British driver Harry Tincknell (Carlin), who led a quintet of British junior drivers. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), the two rookie drivers Jordan King (Carlin) and Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports) as well as William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport) were classified sixth to ninth. Red Bull junior and guest driver Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) rounded out the top ten.
Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) “In the opening stages, I wanted to pull a gap over Raffaele who was behind me, but unfortunately, I didn’t manage to do so. Nevertheless, it was enough for my maiden victory of the season. I am really happy and I would like to repeat it in this weekend’s two remaining races at Brands Hatch.”
Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) “For me, it was a boring race. I was always closely behind Alex, but unfortunately, overtaking is almost impossible here. So I stayed behind him and finished second. I have scored many ponts again, which is good for my lead in the championship.”
Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) “My start wasn’t that good and then I also had some slight contact with Sven Müller. When Felix Rosenqvist made a mistake, I could take fourth place. Then, I tried to attack Sven Müller, but I couldn’t overtake him. When he retired, I got his third place. For the next two races, I have to concentrate more on getting the start right.”
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