MICK SCHUMACHER WINS AGAIN!
Event: 09 Spielberg
Session: Race 2
Strecke: Red Bull Ring / A
Pole position: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing)
Race winner: Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing)
Weather: overcast, 16.6 °C
For Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), his streak of race wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship continues. At Spielberg, the Austrian also won the second race of the weekend. In the race at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring that included quite some action, he finishes ahead of Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). Due to the retirement of Daniel Ticktum (Motopark), Schumacher extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.
Mick Schumacher took the lead at the start from Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shvartzman. The first safety car intervention of the race, caused by retirements of Keyvan Soori Andres (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Sebastian Fernandez (Motopark) on the opening lap, didn’t change that order.
A collision between Artem Petrov (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) in the duel for eleventh place on lap 17 led to the second safety car intervention. Schumacher also remained in control during the second restart of the race and maintained his lead. Behind him, Armstrong had to defend his second place against his charging teammate Shvartzman, which he did with success. The safety car came out a third time following a collision involving Daniel Ticktum, Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) on lap 21. All three drivers involved in the incident retired while Schumacher celebrated his fifth consecutive victory soon after that. Behind Armstrong and Shvartzman, Vips, Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing), Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark), Fabio Scherer (Motopark), Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Sophia Flörsch (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the top ten. Flörsch thus scored her maiden Formula 3 European Championship point.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “I had to start from the more damp side of the grid, but I still maintained first place. Then I tried to build an advantage, which I did at every restart as well. Partly, I also was lucky because drivers behind me were fighting. Too bad that the race ended behind the safety car. Nevertheless, I am happy with this win, of course.”