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Maiden Euro Series’ victory for William Buller

William Buller (Carlin) celebrated a premiere at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria: for the first time, he won a Formula 3 Euro Series race. The Brit was followed home by Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam) and Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport). For Blomqvist, who contests his first season in the Euro Series, it was his maiden podium finish. In the drivers’ standings, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), who finished ninth in the eighth round of the season, remains in the lead with a total of 99 points.

While William Buller led the field from lights to flag, there were hard position fights in the midfield. From second down to tenth place, the young drivers frequently attacked each other and provided first-class entertainment for the spectators. Eventually, American driver Michael Lewis defended his second place, which he had already taken at the start. Tom Blomqvist also brought third place home, finishing ahead of the best-placed rookie Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam) and guest driver Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin).

William Buller (Carlin): “I am very happy to have won this race. I was able to benefit from my pole position and take the lead right away. Since the race meeting at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, when the Prema Powerteam’s cars were superior to ours, we have improved and now, we will go on from here.”

Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam): “Of course, I would rather have won, but there are also a lot of valuable points for finishing second. Just after the start, I had almost overtaken Will Buller, but I was on the outside in the first corner and I stayed second. After that, I was particularly careful not to be too fast when the yellow flags were out, because I certainly didn’t want to risk a penalty.”

Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport): “So far, the weekend at Red Bull Ring has been going well. We decided to compete in the Euro Series at a very late stage and therefore hardly had any time to prepare prior to the season opener at Hockenheim. Considering all that, a podium finish here is a great result. We have all been working hard to achieve this.

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Fourth season victory for Raffaele Marciello

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) has won the seventh season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria. The Italian crossed the finish line with a margin of a little bit less than one second over the best-placed rookie driver, Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport). Guest driver Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) finished third. With his fourth Euro Series’ season victory, Raffaele Marciello took over the lead in the drivers’ standings while he also extended his margin as the points’ leader in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

Already in the early stages of the race, Raffaele Marciello overtook erstwhile leader William Buller (Carlin) and drove an undisputed victory home. His fourth victory of the season in the Formula 3 Euro Series is also his fifth success in this year’s FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Buller and Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) were running second and third respectively before they were both called into the pits for a drive-through penalty for speeding in yellow flag conditions, just like four other drivers. This allowed Pascal Wehrlein to move up into second place. With four laps to go, his rival Carlos Sainz (Carlin) spun into the Armco barriers and retired. Jaafar took over third place.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “The race was very good. My car was perfect and driving fast with it wasn’t difficult. I am really happy to have won once again at a track that I didn’t know before.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “A podium finish was my goal and I have achieved that. My car was significantly better than at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago. At the re-start after the safety-car phase due to Sainz’s accident, I concentrated on defending my second place, which I managed to do. I didn’t have a real chance to attack Raffaele in front of me.”

Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin): “I benefited from the facts that Daniel Juncadella and William Buller were both given a drive-through penalty and that Carlos Sainz had an accident. After my victory in the short race at Brands Hatch, I am now happy with this podium finish in one of the two long races.”