Event: 08 Nürburgring
Session: Race 3
Track: Nürburgring / Germany
Pole position: Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 20.7 °C

Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam) scored his fourth victory of the season in the 24th race of the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The German finished ahead of his Canadian team-mate Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam), who was second. The 17-year-old junior driver of the Williams Formula 1 team still retains the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings. With six races remaining, he is 68 points clear of his rival Günther, by two years his senior, and 148 points ahead of Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam). In bright sunshine at the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, Finnish rookie driver Niko Kari (Motopark) finished third.

At the start, Maximilian Günther benefited from his pole position and immediately took the lead. Behind Lance Stroll, Red Bull junior driver Niko Kari moved up into third place with a courageous manoeuvre under braking for the first corner. In the order of Günther, Stroll, Kari, Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing), Cassidy and Joel Eriksson (Motopark), the front runners completed their laps of the Nürburgring until the finish.

The battle for the positions further down in the top ten was slightly more exciting. Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark), a member of the Red Bull junior team, worked his way up during the 26 race laps from 13th on the grid to finish eighth, behind Briton George Russell (HitechGP). The two rookie drivers Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Ben Barnicoat (HitechGP) rounded out the top ten.

Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam): “I drove a clean and good race and I am really happy with this victory in one of the few races we have in Germany. I was in control throughout the race and I managed to extend my gap more and more. This victory is the third race win of this weekend for Prema, a nice birthday present for our team principal René Rosin.”

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): “All in all, my weekend was very successful with a pair of victories and a second place. In this race, I was having problems with the rear tyres, something I never had before. Nevertheless, it was enough to finish second.”

Niko Kari (Motopark): “My start was really good. All the others turned towards the inside in the first corner, but I opted for the outside line. It certainly was a little bit of a risk, but it paid off and I was able to claim third place. Then, I wasn’t able to move up any further, Maxi and Lance simply were too fast for me.”



Marco Wittmann extended his points’ lead in the DTM drivers’ standings with an undisputed lights-to-flag victory in the race at the Nürburgring on Saturday. In pleasant late-summerly conditions, the BMW driver won the 30 lap race with a margin of 7.136 seconds from his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist. For Wittmann, it was the eighth DTM race win of his career and the third of the 2016 season. “Unbelievable. This was a great race,” Wittmann commented after the race. “I had a good start and tried to avoid making any mistakes. I was pushing flat-out all the time to maintain focus and concentration. This is a special win, especially for my team RMG and team principal Stefan Reinhold. For the guys, the Nürburgring is their home track.”

Having taken the chequered flag in third place with his Audi RS 5 DTM, Jamie Green claimed the final podium slot in the Eifel. His fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara finished fourth from Timo Glock with another BMW. Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver in sixth position. Second in the championship, Robert Wickens, who had started the race from 13th on the grid, crossed the finish line in ninth place behind Lucas Auer and Maxime Martin and thus lost important points in the battle for the DTM title.

In the DTM drivers’ standings, Wittmann has extended his lead to 35 points with his race win. With a total of 155 points, he is leading Wickens (120 points), Green (119 points) and Edoardo Mortara (112 points). With five races still remaining and 125 points at stake, nothing is decided in the battle for the title yet.

The second DTM race at the Nürburgring will start on Sunday at 15.10 hrs (ARD live from 15.00 hrs). Prior to that, the starting grid positions for the 14th race of the DTM season will be decided in qualifying from 12.50 hrs (live on One, formerly known as Einsfestival from 12.45 hrs).




Event: 08 Nürburgring
Session: Race 1
Track: Nürburgring / Germany
Pole position: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Race winner: Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam)
Weather: sunny, 19.9 °C

With his eighth race win of the season, 17-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings: the junior driver of the Williams Formula 1 team now has 68 points more than Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam), who is second in the standings. At the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, Maximilian Günther and George Russell (HitechGP) joined race winner Stroll on the winner’s podium.

Having started from pole position, Lance Stroll took the lead and immediately pulled clear from the rest of the field. During the first 14 laps, Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam) was his nearest rival, but on lap 15, the New Zealander dropped back from second to fourth due to a technical problem with the virtual safety car mode. Thus, Maximilian Günther took over second place while George Russell moved up into third. The top three made it to the finish in that order without any problems, but Cassidy had to defend his position against Callum Ilott (Van Amersfoort Racing) until the end of the 22nd race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Eventually, Cassidy took the flag 0.510 seconds ahead of Ilott.

In a relatively unspectacular race, Ralf Aron (Prema Powerteam) crossed the line in sixth place as the best rookie, followed by four fellow rookies: Joel Eriksson (Motopark), Niko Kari (Motopark), Ben Barnicoat (HitechGP) and Anthoine Hubert (Van Amersfoort Racing).

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): “This race wasn’t particularly thrilling. At the start, I was able to take the lead and then extend it further and further. My car was fantastic and the pace was really good throughout the race. However, I feel sorry for Nick. His car seems to have switched into the virtual safety car mode automatically, so that he lost his second place. Otherwise, it would have been a clean sweep of the podium for the Prema Powerteam. I was informed about Nick’s problem during the race and drove particularly cautiously after that.”

Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam): “I was third after the start, but then was able to benefit as Nick had problems. Even though second place for me is nice, losing second place like this is too bad for Nick. In the drivers’ standings, my gap to Lance has increased to 68 laps, but I am not giving up. I am working from one race to another and, with second and first place on the grid for the next two races here at the Nürburgring, I am in a good position.”

George Russell (HitechGP): “My start was good, but I couldn’t get up any further than fourth place. When Nick then had his technical issues, I was able to overtake him and pick up third place. Gaining a position like this is never nice, but of course, I took the chance as it occurred. For Nick, it is obviously annoying.”

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Kevin Magnussen: “My start was okay but there were incidents everywhere… I had a better start than the Saubers ahead of me, which meant going around them, then another car on the grid. After that, I was able to build-up the momentum into turn two but had to avoid a spinning car by going on the grass. From then on, it was a quiet race with just a bit of early action with one of the Manors. It’s a shame that we didn’t get a good result today but we still learn more about the car every weekend and this race was no exception.”

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DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 5th, Start Position: 6th
“You hope for a podium every race but realistically, coming here, we thought Ferrari would have an edge on us. We also thought Williams and Force India would be strong and we targeted fifth place. I just missed out yesterday in Qualifying but managed to make it happen today and for us to finish in fifth and seventh represents Championship damage limitation here at Monza. I was pretty close to (Valtteri) Bottas in the middle of the race and knew I could race hard from that position. It was a really enjoyable overtake (on Bottas). I have a three hour drive home tonight and didn’t want to spend the whole journey regretting not trying it. He is a fair racer and had seen me in the mirrors so I knew he wouldn’t turn in, so I had a go. It was great fun and felt nice to come from so far back and make it stick. We altered the strategy a bit which meant I had the supersofts on at that stage, so great work by the team to give me the chance to make the move. Our performance so far this season and the result we have achieved here makes me really excited heading into Singapore where I think we can challenge for the top spots.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 7th, Start Position: 7th  
“I went into anti-stall at the start. I don’t know what happened there so I have to analyse that. After that it was just very difficult, because you have to push harder on the tyres to get past people and that compromises your strategy, but in the end our last stint was very positive. I think we did the best we could with the tyres we had so we can be very happy about that. The car behaved very well today even though this track is not our favourite. We’re definitely looking forward to Singapore and hopefully we can put in a strong performance there.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “We knew coming to Monza that this would be the most challenging circuit on the calendar for us. This weekend was all about trying to limit the damage and I think we’ve optimised our performance today with two very strong drives from our drivers. After a difficult start for Max, who got an anti-stall, he recovered extremely well to finish seventh, and Daniel finished well in P5 after an outstanding passing move on Valtteri Bottas. To be leaving Europe 11 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship heading to circuits that hopefully suit our strengths more than here, means this has been a positive weekend.”



Yvan Muller and José María López finished first and second in the main race at Motegi (Japan) to claim the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC’s fifth one-two of the season. The result means that the Argentinian is provisional world champion for the third year running, whilst Citroën took another step closer to a sixteenth World Championship title.

Despite the overnight rainfall, the track had dried by the time the sun was high in the Motegi sky. The stiflingly hot and humid conditions nonetheless made conditions difficult for the drivers.

In the opening race, Yvan Muller and José María López started from ninth and tenth positions on the grid. When the lights went out, the Citroën Total drivers moved through the field and up into seventh and eighth places. A few corners later, Yvan also managed to grab sixth place from Tom Chilton. It wasn’t long before Pechito followed suit!

Yvan then tried to find a way past Nick Catsburg. This gave Pechito a chance to close on and overtake his team-mate after a minor coming together. Shortly afterwards, Catsburg’s determined defence was breached and the two team-mates set off in pursuit of Thed Bjork, who suffered the same fate!

Fourth and fifth respectively, López and Muller obtained the best possible result given their starting positions. The scored important points towards both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ World Championships.

After the damaged bodywork components were quickly replaced, the two works Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs lined up on the front row of the start grid for the main race.

Pechito made a perfect start to enter the first corner ahead of Yvan. Setting a blistering pace for the rest of the field, the two men wasted little time in moving clear. In truth, the two leaders were very comfortable at the front as they headed towards a one-two finish.

But with two laps to go, the no. 37 Citroën C-Elysée WTCC moved aside to let the no. 68 car past. Certain to win the title by finishing as runner-up, José María López handed victory to his team-mate.

For the first time this season, Yvan Muller therefore crossed the finishing line as the race winner. This enabled him to draw level with Tiago Monteiro in second place in the Drivers’ World Championship.

Second-placed Pechito López scored enough points to claim a third consecutive drivers’ title, as he now has an unassailable 120-point lead.

In the Manufacturers’ standings, Citroën moved a little bit closer to a sixteenth world title, having already won five Cross Country Rally World Cups, eight World Rally Championships and two World Touring Car Championships. The next round, held in Shanghai (24-25 September), should prove decisive!

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