Giovinazzi wins opening European F3 race at Zandvoort

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Antonio Giovinazzi took a lights-to-flag victory in a processional opening Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort.

The Carlin racer made a clean start from pole, covering Felix Rosenqvist into Tarzan, and led the Swede home to take a convincing fourth win of the season.

Motopark’s Marcus Pommer beat Ferrari protege Lance Stroll for third to claim his maiden podium finish in the series.

Points leader Charles Leclerc challenged for third off the start, but was crowded out into Tarzan, dropping behind Pommer and Stroll to fifth, where he ultimately finished.

McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell led home Signature’s Alexander Albon in sixth.

Mikkel Jensen crossed the line in eighth for Mucke Motorsport, after team-mate Santino Ferrucci was forced into the pits after a brief off.

Nabil Jeffri started just 11th after a five-place grid drop, but rallied to record his first points F3 points in ninth.

Prema’s Brandon Maisano rounded out the top 10 after Maximilian Gunther was forced to pit from the points with a broken front wing.

Red Bull-backed Callum Ilott was 11th for Carlin, while fellow Briton Sam Macleod charged from 21st on the grid to cross the line 12th in his Volkswagen-powered Motopark Dallara.

Prema’s Jake Dennis slipped from fourth on the grid to sixth, and then dropped out of contention entirely courtesy of a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.

The team opted to retire the Briton in the closing stages to conserve his tyres for race two.

Image courtesy of FIA Formula 3 European Championship

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