In one for the anoraks, no one won the opening Formula 3 race at Norisring this weekend, following the disqualification of original winner Daniel Juncadella.
Carlin’s Will Buller, who finished 2nd on the road, kept his 2nd position; however the record book will show a blank space next to the “winning driver” slot.
Juncadella was running 2nd behind Mücke Motorsport’s Pascal Wehrlein on lap 39, when he missed his braking point into the sharp turn one, slipping into the side of the innocent Wehrlein – Juncadella continued, while Wehrlein dropped to 7th spot.
Wehrlein may well have fallen further had it not been for an immediate call for the safety car. With only two minutes remaining in the event, the race director brought out the red flag, ending the race.
Juncadella jumped into the lead from the start; however the Spaniard began suffering problems as the race aged, due to heavy wear suffered by the right rear tyres of his his Mercedes-powered machine. Wehrlein stayed glued to Juncadella throughout, eventually taking the lead on lap 34.
The later accident was not the only collision Juncadella was involved in – on the same lap as his collision with Wehrlein, the Prema man was also clashed with teammate and title challenger Raffaele Marciello.
As the Italian began to draft around the outside of his teammate on the approach to the final corner, the pair glanced wheels, spinning Marciello into the unforgiving wall, breaking his front wing.
Juncadella again continued; however the wounded Marciello made only as far as the turn 2 / 3 chicane, before sliding into the wall at the exit.
Regardless of Juncadella’s penalty, it proved a disappointing ending for Marciello. The Italian had started on pole, only to drop to 5th after a poor getaway. Moves on Bernstorff (lap 11) and Buller (lap 19) made that 3rd, before he latched on to the leading duo.
With both Wehrlein and Marciello removed from the action, Juncadella temporarily inherited the win when the red flag was introduced at the end of lap 42, but was excluded ninety minutes later.
All the action action ahead promoted Buller (who enjoyed a relatively quiet race) to 2nd – a position he maintained despite Juncadella’s exclusion, while Emil Bernstorff took a hard-earned first podium of the season in 3rd.
Pietro Fantin’s finished 4th – the Brazilian being the first of the British F3 runners. The Carlin man spent the running challenging Bernstorff, but struggled to find the Englishman’s breaking point.
Fortec’s Felix Serralles took 5th overall ahead Mücke Motorsport pair Felix Rosenqvist (6th) and the hobbling Wehrlein.
Harry Tincknell took an encouraging 8th for Carlin. The Englishman beat Sven Muller and Tom Blomqvist after several laps trapped behind the sluggish Sandro Zeller.
Geoff Uhrhane and Nick McBride drove solid races to 12th and 13th, although the latter was lucky to come away unscathed following a mid-race bump with Philip Ellis. For his troubles, Ellis retired although that had more to do with hitting the turn three wall earlier in the lap.
Jack Harvey took a lucky 14th in a race that included a collision, a drive through penalty and a damaged front wing. It fell apart for Harvey on the opening tour, when the Lincolnshire man climbed the turn one kerb, collecting teammate Jazeman Jaafar in the process.
Damaged, Harvey pushed Jaafar into the first lap pack, forcing Alex Lynn (Fortec) and Lucas Wolf (URD) wide and into a crash of their own. Lynn pitted for a new front wing; however Wolf’s Dallara was beyond repair.
The opening lap also saw Carlos Sainz Jr hit the wall at exit of turn three, ending his race there and then. All these incidents brought out a four-lap long safety car period, as debris and broken machines littered the bumpy streets.
Prema Powerteam’s American pilot Michael Lewis also found himself in a spot of bother at turn one. Two laps after the restart, Lewis slid into the side of Derani in turn one, causing both to drop out with damage. The clash pushed Hannes van Asseldonk (Fortec) and Muller wide, with the latter losing time and positions.
Van Asseldonk lost his front wing in his attempt to escape the crash.
2012 European F3 Championship (Rd 5, race 1, 42 laps) (also British F3 (Rd 6) & F3 Euro Series (Rd 4) Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap DSQ. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 37m11.584s 2. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 1.854s 3. Emil Bernstorff Ma-Con Dallara-VW + 2.963s 4. Pietro Fantin Carlin Dallara-VW + 3.574s 5. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 4.868s 6. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 6.152s 7. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 13.241s 8. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 13.671s 9. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc + 13.949s 10. Tom Blomqvist Ma-Con Dallara-VW + 14.538s 11. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 20.855s 12. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Merc + 21.832s 13. Nick McBride T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 22.399s 14. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 22.637s 15. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc + 23.242s 16. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 17. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen + 1 lap 18. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 1 lap 19. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 20. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 21. Duvashen Padayachee Double R Dallara-Mugen + 2 laps Retirements: Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 39 laps Philip Ellis GU Dallara-Merc 17 laps Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc 7 laps Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc 7 laps Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc 6 laps Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 1 lap Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 0 laps
Bold = British F3
Italics = British F3 National Class
2012 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 5, Race 1) Drivers Championship Pos Driver Points 1. Raffaele Marciello 137 2. Daniel Juncadella 115 3. Carlos Sainz Jr 96 4. Will Buller 85 5. Felix Rosenqvist 68 6. Pascal Wehrlein 64 7. Sven Muller 51 8. Michael Lewis 49 9. Tom Blomqvist 32 10. Emil Bernstorff 20
2012 British F3 Series (Rd 6, Race 1) International Class Pos Driver Points 1. Jazeman Jaafar 178 2. Jack Harvey 174 3. Felix Serralles 140 4. Carlos Sainz Jr 137 5. Alex Lynn 126 6. Pietro Fantin 115 7. Harry Tincknell 105 8. Pipo Derani 92 9. Hannes van Asseldonk 59 10. Nick McBride 52 National Class Pos Driver Points 1. Spike Goddard 228 2. Duvashen Padayachee 202 3. Adderly Fong 62
2012 Formula 3 Euro Series (Rd 4, race 1) Drivers' Championship Pos Driver Points 1. Daniel Juncadella 109 2. William Buller 106 3. Raffaele Marciello 104 4. Pascal Wehrlein 84 5. Carlos Sainz Jr 82 6. Sven Muller 81 7. Felix Rosenqvist 69 8. Michael Lewis 67 9. Tom Blomqvist 58 10. Emil Bernstroff 29 Teams' Championship Pos Team Points 1. Prema Powerteam 289 2. Carlin 188 3. Mucke Motorsport 153 4. ma-con Motorsport 87 5. Jo Zeller Racing 21