Paul Ricard F3: Gunther survives last-corner charge from Cassidy to win

Maximilian Gunther became the third different race winner of the European Formula 3 Paul Ricard opener after leading every lap of Race 3.

Unlike yesterday, when he had bogged down dramatically off the line, Gunther had a good getaway and was into the lead, quickly building a gap of a second over Cassidy.

The Prema duo were soon joined rookie by Joel Eriksson, the Swede pulling off a couple of overtakes on Ralf Aron and Mikkel Jensen.

However, Eriksson was unable to disrupt the Prema 1-2, despite putting some pressure on Cassidy for a handful of laps.

Instead, Cassidy then caught up with Gunther in the final laps and tried a last-ditch effort at the very last turn of the race, lunging to the inside of Gunther.

That forced Gunther to run wide but the German kept his foot on the gas pedal and still made it home in first.

Having failed to keep up with the leading trio, Jensen spent the majority of the race holding off Lance Stroll and Harrison Newey, the Williams-bound Canadian settling for fifth.

Newey was also set to take sixth but came under pressure from Van Amersfoort teammate Anthoine Hubert.

The duo went side-by-side into a left-hander and collided, Newey spinning out.

Hubert finished a provisional sixth, with Aron settling for seventh despite running fourth during the early laps.

Motopark's Guan Yu Zhou, Carlin's Alessio Lorandi and top Hitech driver Nikita Mazepin completed the top 10.

George Russell, who started last after his exclusion from qualifying, made up several places at the start but was forced to pit with front wing damage.

Race 3 results

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1  Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam -
2  Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 0.251
3  Joel Eriksson Motopark 1.312
4  Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 10.128
5  Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 10.827
6  Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 11.062
7  Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 13.574
8  Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 14.300
9  Alessio Lorandi Carlin 17.326
10  Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 20.103
11  Ben Barnicoat HitechGP 21.664
12  Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 22.546
13  Raoul Hyman Carlin 22.798
14  Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 26.584
15  Niko Kari Motopark 29.884
16  Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 32.971
17  Zhi Cong Li Carlin 42.422
18  George Russell HitechGP 1:06.659
19  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 2 Laps
Ret  Ryan Tveter Carlin  
Ret  Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing  

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Series F3 Europe
Event Paul Ricard
Track Circuit Paul Ricard
Drivers Maximilian Gunther
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Race report