Monza F3: Norris leads Carlin 1-2-3 in eventful opener

Lando Norris scored his second victory of the European Formula 3 season in the opening race at Monza, after chasing down and passing polesitter Jehan Daruvala.

Monza F3: Norris leads Carlin 1-2-3 in eventful opener

The duo started from the front row and, while Daruvala led off the line, Norris slightly bogged down and fell behind fellow Carlin drivers Jake Dennis and Ferdinand Habsburg.

He quickly recovered by passing Habsburg and then took advantage of Dennis having to give up his position to Daruvala after he passed the Indian by cutting the first chicane.

Dennis fought back to take second place for a handful of laps, but Norris eventually got back ahead and set about closing down Daruvala's two-second advantage out front.

Norris was in striking distance with 11 minutes left on the clock, and went past Daruvala at Turn 1.

Daruvala kept up with Norris, but couldn't quite get close enough to the McLaren junior to attempt a pass, and it was the British driver who took the chequered flag by 0.6 seconds ahead of Daruvala.

Ferdinand Habsburg completed an all-Carlin podium in third, taking advantage of Joel Eriksson running wide in the latter stages.

Motopark's Eriksson brought a fourth Volkswagen-powered car into the top four, as the top Mercedes-powered driver, Prema's Guan Yu Zhou, was a further 10 seconds away in fifth.

Zhou emerged victorious in a multi-car fight for fifth, which started with another Prema driver, Callum Ilott, attacking Dennis.

However, Dennis lost out after being nudged by Maximilian Gunther at Turn 1, and eventually retired in the pits.

Zhou was followed by Prema teammates Mick Schumacher and Gunther, as well as Hitech's Ralf Aron. Ilott had to settle for ninth despite running as high as third in the early stages.

Hitech's Jake Hughes took the final point in 10th.

Race 1 results

Pos. Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1  Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 35'00.127
2  Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.649
3  Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 5.360
4  Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 5.803
5  Guan Yu Zhou Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 17.245
6  Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 17.937
7  Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19.334
8  Ralf Aron Hitech Dallara/Mercedes 22.580
9  Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22.947
10  Jake Hughes Hitech Dallara/Mercedes 22.975
11  Nikita Mazepin Hitech Dallara/Mercedes 23.653
12  Tadasuke Makino Hitech Dallara/Mercedes 34.515
13  Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 34.937
14  Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 48.992
15  Keyvan Soori Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1 Lap
16  Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
17  Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1 Lap
18  Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
19  David Beckmann Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement


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