Spielberg F3: Stroll extends points lead with dominant Race 2 win

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Spielberg F3: Stroll extends points lead with dominant Race 2 win
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Williams development driver Lance Stroll took a confident victory in the second European F3 race at Spielberg, beating the field by almost 10 seconds.

While Stroll managed to convert his pole position into a Turn 1 lead, fellow front-row starter George Russell was passed by Callum Ilott.

Following a short safety car stint for debris on track, Stroll could not pull away from Ilott for several laps.

But the VAR driver eventually made a mistake on the exit of the final turn and just narrowly kept second from Russell.

This allowed Stroll to get a lead of several seconds and, enjoying a massive pace advantage during the final stages of the race, he won by 9.9s.

Ilott and Russell completed the podium, closely followed by Red Bull junior Niko Kari.

The latter had to defend from the charging David Beckmann during the opening laps but the German had to ease off when he received a warning for track limits.

Still, the newcomer finished fifth, while his Mucke teammate Mikkel Jensen and Maximilian Gunther took sixth and seventh respectively.

Sergio Sette Camara recovered after stalling on the grid to grab four points in eighth, with Alessio Lorandi and Joel Eriksson completing the top 10.

Prema duo Ralf Aron and Nick Cassidy both had to pit during the race, the former to change his front wing and the latter to retire.

Ben Barnicoat, Nikita Mazepin and Harrison Newey all served drive-throughs, the former two for jump starts and the latter for abusing track limits.

Full results

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1  Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 35:11.908
2  Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing +9.909s
3  George Russell HitechGP +12.424s
4  Niko Kari Motopark +12.891s
5  David Beckmann kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +15.686s
6  Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +18.938s
7  Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam +19.813s
8  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark +24.825s
9  Alessio Lorandi Carlin +28.232s
10  Joel Eriksson Motopark +30.261s
11  Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing +32.026s
12  Guan Yu Zhou Motopark +32.273s
13  Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam +33.727s
14  Weiron Tan Carlin +34.596s
15  Ben Barnicoat HitechGP +35.689s
16  Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing +38.851s
17  Nikita Mazepin HitechGP +43.451s
Ret  Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing +5 laps
Ret  Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport +7 laps
Ret  Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam +16 laps
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Series Formula European Masters
Event Spielberg
Location Red Bull Ring
Drivers Lance Stroll
Teams Prema Powerteam
Author David Gruz