Zandvoort F3: Norris dominates Race 1 from pole

Lando Norris racked up a sixth victory of the European Formula 3 season in the opening race of the weekend at Zandvoort, converting pole into an early lead that he would never lose.

The British driver made a strong getaway from pole, while Carlin teammate Ferdinand Habsburg bogged down and was passed by Joel Eriksson, Maximilian Gunther and Callum Ilott at the start.

Behind, an over-ambitious move at the inside of Turn 1 from Guan Yu Zhou resulted in contact with Ralf Aron, who in turn tagged David Beckmann.

The German's Motopark-run car dug in and rolled as it entered the gravel trap, although Beckmann was unhurt and able to get out of his car unaided once righted.

While Aron and Beckmann's cars were retrieved, the safety car was deployed, and when the action resumed on lap 6 Norris was forced to defend from title rival Eriksson at the first corner.

But the McLaren protege repelled the attack, and from there steadily opened up an advantage out front.

Three seconds clear after 10 laps, Norris eventually took the line 8.9 seconds ahead of Eriksson, with points leader Gunther completing the podium in third, another 2.7s behind.

The battle for fourth place was hotly contested, as Habsburg was able to repass Ilott around the outside of Turn 1 at the restart.

Ilott spent the remainder of the race firmly in Habsburg's wheeltracks, but was unable to make a move, and ended up settling for fifth ahead of Prema teammate Mick Schumacher.

Zhou ran seventh after causing the Turn 1 incident, and a drive-through penalty for the Chinese driver promoted Pedro Piquet to seventh and Jake Hughes to eighth, close behind Schumacher.

Force India junior driver Jehan Daruvala and Harrison Newey completed the top 10, the latter just holding off Nikita Mazepin for the last point.

Race results:

Pos.Driver TeamTime/Gap
 Lando Norris Carlin  34'40.756
 Joel Eriksson Motopark 8.974
 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 11.653
 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 12.493
 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam 13.002
 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 20.000
 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 21.066
 Jake Hughes Hitech GP 21.761
 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 22.989
10   Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 24.258
11   Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 24.635
12   Keyvan Andres Motopark 33.606
13   Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 39.197
14   Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 43.819
15   Marino Sato Motopark  1 lap
16   Guan Yu Zhou Prema Powerteam 1 lap
Ret   Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP
Ret   David Beckmann Motopark
Ret   Ralf Aron Hitech GP
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Series F3 Europe
Event Zandvoort
Track Zandvoort
Drivers Lando Norris
Teams Carlin
Article type Race report