GERMAN ROOKIE PASCAL WEHRLEIN CLAIMS MAIDEN FORMULA 3 WIN…
The 15th Formula 3 Euro Series season round ended with the maiden season victory of a rookie driver: Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) won from William Buller (Carlin) and Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin). At the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, the 17-year old German benefited from a drive-through penalty for Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), who was leading at the time. The Spaniard remains on top in the points’ standings while Wehrlein moved up into second place in the driver’ standings with his victory.
The third round of the weekend provided plenty of action. A few metres after the start, Daniel Juncadella and Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) collided in the run towards the first corner. Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing) also retired after incidents on the opening lap. Because of the collision with Rosenqvist, Juncadella was soon given a drive-through penalty and lost the lead to Pascal Wehrlein. After that, the Mücke driver drove a safe victory home.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “The start and the first lap were spectacular. I was able to remain out of all the incidents and also benefited from Daniel Juncadella’s penalty soon after that. My speed was good, I was able to extend my advantage throughout the race. However, I had to remain focussed all race long and I couldn’t make any mistakes. I hope that more podium results will follow.”
William Buller (Carlin): “The first lap was pretty interesting. I was able to benefit, because I could stay out of all the action. Like Pascal, I also benefited from Daniel’s penalty. After the first two races of this weekend didn’t go well for me, the team has worked very hard and deserved this podium finish.”
Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin): “”My race wasn’t easy, because the two ma-con drivers Emil Bernstorff and Tom Blomqvist have put me under considerable pressure and made me sweat in the heat. My start was good and I was able to stay out of all the collisions on the opening lap.”