Dennis denied Pau clean sweep as Giovinazzi wins finale

A late car issue for Jake Dennis handed Pau Grand Prix victory to Antonio Giovinazzi, who extends his points lead with a second win of the season.

Starting from pole, Dennis led the way at the start, with Giovinazzi, Maximilian Gunther and Charles Leclerc all slotting in behind in grid order.

Further back, contact was made between Brandon Maisano and Martin Cao at Gare, while further round the circuit at Pont Oscar, Kang Ling clattered into the rear of the unfortunate Tatiana Calderon, triggering the only safety car period of the race.

Dennis survived pressure from Giovinazzi at the restart, as Gunther managed to keep Leclerc at bay in the fight for third, the Brit building up a small advantage over the Italian in the following laps.

But Giovinazzi was able to close the gap as the race entered its second half, and by the closing laps he was all over the back of Dennis’ gearbox, going on the attack at the outside at Gare.

The move didn’t come off, but later in the lap it became clear all was not well with Dennis’ Prema machine, which visibly began to slow to allow Giovinazzi into a lead he would hold to the flag.

Dennis soon fell into the clutches of Gunther and Leclerc, whose battle for third soon became a tussle for the runner-up spot. Gunther managed to hang on for second and his first podium of the year, with Leclerc being forced to settle for third.

As an ailing Dennis began to plummet through the field, Lance Stroll moved up into fourth position. The Canadian lost places early on as he botched a pass on Arjun Maini, but soon recovered to fifth with a series of bold passes.

Stroll’s progress was aided by an early mechanical problem for Alex Albon, and a drive-through penalty for Markus Pommer for starting from the wrong grid slot.

Maini took another strong finish with fifth place after finding a way back past Alessio Lorandi, who then also fell behind Felix Rosenqvist in the closing stages.

George Russell, Mikkel Jensen and Santino Ferrucci rounded off the top 10, helped by Michele Beretta putting his car in the barriers at half-distance. Dennis meanwhile was left to limp home all the way down in 23rd.

Race results:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 35m56.242
Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 1.945
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 2.411
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 13.499
Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 15.116
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 16.264
Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 17.551
George Russell Carlin 25.696
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 27.096
10  Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 27.689
11  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 31.043
12  Sam MacLeod Motopark 34.593
13  Matthew Solomon Double R Racing 35.109
14  Dorian Boccolacci Signature 35.500
15  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 36.864
16  Callum Ilott Carlin 37.513
17  Ryan Tveter Carlin 41.704
18  Fabian Schiller West-Tec 42.551
19  Matt Rao Fortec 42.920
20  Markus Pommer Motopark 43.603
21  Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 45.194
22  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 51.158
23  Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 52.592
24  Martin Cao Fortec 52.847
25  Gustav Malja Eurointernational 54.262
26  Raoul Hyman West-Tec 1'07.675
Alexander Albon Signature  
Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport  
Gustavo Menezes Carlin  
Tatiana Calderon Carlin  
Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport  

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Series F3 Europe
Event Pau
Track Circuit de Pau
Drivers Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Charles Leclerc , Maximilian Gunther
Article type Race report