Hockenheim F3: Giovinazzi ends Prema's winning streak

Antonio Giovinazzi converted pole position into his sixth victory of the season in Race 2 at Hockenheim, securing the runner-up spot in the standings.

The Carlin driver survived two safety car restarts and the advances of Prema duo Jake Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist to stop the Italian squad from taking their eighth consecutive victory in the series.

Front row starters Giovinazzi and Dennis entered Turn 1 side-by-side with the Italian keeping the lead by running wide, and forcing the Prema driver to take the outside line into the hairpin later on.

With the Italian completing the first lap in the lead, the safety car came out when Signature's Alex Albon braked on the kerbs, lost control and crashed out at Nordkurve.

After the restart, the green flags were back out for a handful of corners before a collision between Nabil Jeffri and Tatiana Calderon left the former’s car stranded in the hairpin runoff.

Giovinazzi confidently pulled away at the second restart but soon came under pressure from Rosenqvist as the Swede had gotten past Dennis.

Running wide at the hairpin, Giovinazzi almost gifted the lead to Rosenqvist but the Italian held on and slowly started to increase his lead.

Dennis then took second back from the Swede but with four minutes left on the clock, Giovinazzi was untroubled in taking the chequered flag.

New Prema recruit Maximilian Gunther repeated his race one result in fourth by narrowly keeping Alexander Sims at bay on the second restart as the top seven was completed by Mucke’s Mikkel Jensen and Ferrari junior Lance Stroll.

Sergio Sette Camara kept George Russell behind to secure eighth with Markus Pommer in 10th and Charles Leclerc in 11th.

Although the Monegasque driver still scored a point due to Sims' status as a guest driver, he fell behind Dennis in the standings by 5.5 points.

Pos. Driver Team Time/Delay
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 35'33.967
2 Jake Dennis Prema 1.863
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema 3.762
4 Maximilian Gunther Prema 5.281
5 Alexander Sims Hitech 6.599
6 Mikkel Jensen Mucke 8.765
7 Lance Stroll Prema 9.755
8 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 15.993
9 George Russell Carlin 16.633
10 Markus Pommer Motopark 17.437
11 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort 19.899
12 Callum Ilott Carlin 21.268
13 Gustavo Menezes Carlin 21.726
14 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort 22.730
15 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort 23.346
16 Dorian Boccolacci Signature 25.644
17 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 31.803
18 Santino Ferrucci Mucke 32.956
19 Andy Chang Fortec 33.300
20 Julio Moreno T-Sport 33.760
21 Michele Beretta Mucke 37.725
22 Tatiana Calderon Carlin 38.966
23 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine 47.941
24 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark 48.799
25 Nicolas Pohler Double R 49.782
26 Marvin Dienst ArtLine 50.845
27 Matt Solomon Double R 51.374
28 Zhi Cong Li Fortec 51.560
29 Matt Rao Fortec 1 Lap
30 Ryan Tveter Carlin 3 Laps
Ret Nabil Jeffri Motopark  
Ret Alexander Albon Signature  

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Series F3 Europe
Event Hockenheim II
Track Hockenheim
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis
Teams Carlin , Prema Powerteam
Article type Race report