Zandvoort F3: Norris heads Carlin 1-2 in dominant win

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Zandvoort F3: Norris heads Carlin 1-2 in dominant win
By: Marcus Simmons
Aug 20, 2017, 4:37 PM

Lando Norris was supreme in the final race of the European Formula 3 round at Zandvoort with his second lights-to-flag win of the weekend.

Norris led Carlin teammate Ferdinand Habsburg all the way, building up a six-second advantage in the first half of the race.

Habsburg then stabilised the gap, and slashed half a second from Norris’s lead with seven laps remaining when the McLaren protege had a wild slide on gravel deposited at the Turn 11/12 chicane the previous lap by Callum Ilott.

The interval varied only a little over the final laps, before the Austrian “tried to take Turn 7 [Scheivlak] flat on the last lap, to prove I have the biggest balls, and I nearly crashed!”

Habsburg lost a second, so finished 6.646s adrift.

“I had a good start, and I didn’t need to defend into Turn 1,” said Norris. “I was able to keep extending the lead, but then the track conditions changed three-quarters of the way through the race and I was never quite as fast for the rest of it.”

Habsburg was kept on his toes for much of the race by Maximilian Gunther, who led Prema Powerteam stablemates Guan Yu Zhou and Ilott (up from seventh on the grid).

That was until Ilott was forced into the pits for a loose front wing to be replaced.

Gunther’s challenge finally ended when, like Norris, he and Zhou also had dramatic slides on the gravel on the track at the chicane.

The result means that pre-weekend series leader Gunther now trails Norris by 11 points in the championship.

Jake Hughes finished fifth, over half a minute behind the victorious Norris and proving the cork in the bottle of a 10-car train of cars.

The Hitech GP man had damage to his left-front-wing endplate, but somehow managed to keep Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pedro Piquet behind him.

Piquet in turn had teammate Harrison Newey on his tail, while behind them Ralf Aron prevailed in an entertaining all-Hitech scrap for eighth with Nikita Mazepin.

Time and again Mazepin would run side by side with Aron on the outside of Tarzan, until an opportunistic Joey Mawson (VAR) got ahead of him.

Mazepin then had to try to repass Mawson, which he failed to do but he at least claimed the weekend’s final point.

Joel Eriksson fell further behind in the championship battle, although he managed to get the better of Motopark teammate David Beckmann in a fight for 12th, behind Mick Schumacher.

Race results:

Pos.Driver TeamTime/Gap
 Lando Norris Carlin 35'44.299
 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 6.646
 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam 11.530
 Guan Yu Zhou Prema Powerteam 15.058
 Jake Hughes Hitech GP 31.078
 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 31.541
 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 31.936
 Ralf Aron Hitech GP 32.461
 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 32.817
10   Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 32.976
11   Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 33.607
12   Joel Eriksson Motopark 34.109
13   David Beckmann Motopark 34.606
14   Jehan Daruvala Carlin 35.174
15   Keyvan Andres Motopark 38.441
16   Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP 39.655
17   Marino Sato Motopark 40.533
18   Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin 58.724
Ret   Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam -
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Series F3 Europe
Event Zandvoort
Location Zandvoort
Drivers Maximilian Gunther , Lando Norris , Ferdinand Habsburg
Teams Carlin
Author Marcus Simmons
Article type Race report