Nurburgring: Series race 2 report

Da Costa celebrates maiden Formula 3 win Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) secured the second win of the season for the Motopark Academy team. At the 3.629 kilometres long Nurburgring sprint circuit, the rookie took the lead...

Da Costa celebrates maiden Formula 3 win

Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) secured the second win of the season for the Motopark Academy team. At the 3.629 kilometres long Nurburgring sprint circuit, the rookie took the lead at the start and kept Marco Wittmann (Signature) at bay for the remainder of the race. Alexander Sims (Mucke Motorsport) took the remaining podium slot.

Points' leader Edoardo Mortara (Signature) finished sixth in the race and and scored the final points. After ten rounds, he has a margin of 18 points in the championship standings. With 48 points, Marco Wittmann remains runner-up in the drivers' classification.

The start of the race was really bad for the Motopark Academy team. Before the first corner, Mika Maki (Motopark Academy), Christopher Zanella (Motopark Academy) and Matias Laine (Motopark Academy) collided and all three drivers retired. After this accident, the safety car was out for three laps. Race leader Antonio Felix da Costa remained in front at the restart and was able to build up a slight margin which he defended until the end. After Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy), he is only the second rookie driver to win a race this year.

Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy): "I am really happy with my maiden victory. Especially after the difficult first half of the season, it is nice to finally see happy faces within the team. At the start of the race, I had the advantage that I still had fresh tyres for this race. But even after the tyres were beyond their peak, I succeeded in keeping fast drivers like Marco Wittmann and Alexander Sims behind me."

Marco Wittmann (Signature): "I started fourth and I finished second in the race ? I am satisfied with that. I was able to make up some points against Edoardo Mortara in the points' standings."

Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix): "It wasn't an easy race today, because I wasn't as fast as I had expected. Maybe, it was due to the temperatures that were different from yesterday. But by finishing third, I was able to take third place in the drivers' standings back from my team-mate Valtteri Bottas."

Air temperature: 18.0 C
Track temperature: 21.7 C

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Mika Maki , Edoardo Mortara , Marco Wittmann , Alexander Sims , Antonio Felix da Costa , Christopher Zanella , Matias Laine , Kevin Magnussen
Teams Mücke Motorsport , ART Grand Prix