Norisring F3: Stroll takes third straight win as Ilott takes out Eriksson
Lance Stroll extended his championship lead by converting his pole position into a victory in the first European F3 race at Norisring after main rivals Callum Ilott and Joel Eriksson collided.
Although Stroll led the early laps of the race, he was never able to pull away from fellow front-row starter Joel Eriksson.
The Swede then made an impressive move on Lap 4 where, despite having to take the first two braking zones in the outside line, he forced his way through Stroll at the Scholler chicane.
The top two was closely followed by Nick Cassidy at that point but the Kiwi driver was soon demoted by Sergio Sette Camara and Ilott.
Ilott, who received a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change and was forced to start from 12th, continued his rapid charge by passing Sette Camara as well, the latter then exchanging positions with Cassidy on several occasions.
Ilott closed the gap on Eriksson and Stroll in no time, the trio separating themselves from the rest of the grid.
However, the Briton's impressive race soon came to an end after he took the first turn too deep and crashed into Eriksson.
Stroll inherited the lead as a result but, with the safety car coming on track, his lead on Camara, Kari, Guan Yu Zhou and Cassidy diminished.
While the Williams development driver had a good restart, Camara was passed by Kari and then crashed into teammate Zhou at Turn 4 after the Chinese driver also passed him.
The inevitable safety car stint was followed by Stroll comfortably leading the remaining five minutes to take his fourth win of the season.
Kari matched his best result in second with Cassidy passing George Russell for the final podium spot.
Aron emerged victorious in a late-race multi-car battle to secure fifth, ahead of Ben Barnicoat, Mikkel Jensen and Anthoine Hubert.
Pedro Piquet, who was hit by Harrison Newey on the second restart, and David Beckmann took the final point-scoring positions.
Maximilian Gunther was forced to pit with a loose front wing following a nudge on teammate Ralf Aron.
Another casualty of the hectic race was the Carlin of William Buller, who is replacing the injured Peter Li Zhi Cong.
|1||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam|
|3||Nick Cassidy||Prema Powerteam||+2.258s|
|5||Ralf Aron||Prema Powerteam||+4.821s|
|7||Mikkel Jensen||Mucke Motorsport||+7.401s|
|8||Anthoine Hubert||Van Amersfoort Racing||+7.883s|
|9||Pedro Piquet||Van Amersfoort Racing||+8.737s|
|10||David Beckmann||Mucke Motorsport||+13.285s|
|DNF||Guan Yu Zhou||Motopark|
|DNF||Callum Ilott||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|DNF||Maximilian Gunther||Prema Powerteam|
|DNF||Sergio Sette Camara||Motopark|
|DNF||Harrison Newey||Van Amersfoort Racing|
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