Euro F3 Nurburgring: Schumacher scores hat-trick, Armstrong now third in title chase

Mick Schumacher became the first driver of 2018 to complete a Formula 3 European Championship weekend hat-trick with another supreme performance in the Nurburgring finale.

Schumacher had to dart across to protect the inside line from the sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of Robert Shwartzman on the run to Turn 1 but, as he has done all weekend, showed crucial superiority over the Russian on cold tyres to build a 1.2-second lead by the end of lap one.

From then on Schumacher continued to extend his advantage by incremental margins, finally taking the chequered flag 4.9s clear of Ferrari protege Shwartzman, who in turn took his third runner-up position of the weekend.

Unlike in races one and two, when it was Dan Ticktum who was the closest challenger to the dominant Prema duo, this time it was Alex Palou who posed the biggest threat.

Ticktum had run very wide at Turn 1 in his Motopark car, and was then very tight at Turn 3, running wide again on the exit and allowing Palou into third.

Hitech GP driver Palou put pressure on Shwartzman at various stages of the race, but never got into a position to pose a serious threat.

Ticktum dropped back in fourth, and is now just three points clear of Schumacher at the top of the championship standings with two rounds remaining.

Marcus Armstrong was a race-long fifth in his Prema car, while Motopark’s Juri Vips at last got some points on the board for the weekend with sixth place.

Eighth qualifier Vips got ahead of Ralf Aron at the start, and then took advantage of Sacha Fenestraz challenging Armstrong at the beginning of the third lap to pass the Frenchman for sixth.

Carlin man Fenestraz was seventh from Aron (Prema), Enaam Ahmed (Hitech) and Guan Yu Zhou (Prema) in a rather uneventful race.

Race result

1Mick SchumacherPREMA Theodore RacingDallara/Mercedes2534m25.147s
2Robert ShwartzmanPREMA Theodore RacingDallara/Mercedes254.985s
3Alex PalouHitech Bullfrog GPDallara/Mercedes255.732s
4Dan TicktumMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen258.012s
5Marcus ArmstrongPREMA Theodore RacingDallara/Mercedes258.950s
6Juri VipsMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen2510.656s
7Sacha FenestrazCarlinDallara/Volkswagen2514.374s
8Ralf AronPREMA Theodore RacingDallara/Mercedes2518.416s
9Enaam AhmedHitech Bullfrog GPDallara/Mercedes2520.764s
10Guan Yu ZhouPREMA Theodore RacingDallara/Mercedes2521.326s
11Ferdinand HabsburgCarlinDallara/Volkswagen2524.672s
12Jonathan AberdeinMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen2525.953s
13Jehan DaruvalaCarlinDallara/Volkswagen2527.682s
14Fabio SchererMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen2531.707s
15Keyvan AndresVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Mercedes2532.514s
16Sebastian FernandezMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen2535.371s
17Artem PetrovVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Mercedes2536.569s
18Marino SatoMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen2543.664s
19Nikita TroitskiyCarlinDallara/Volkswagen2545.100s
20Ben HingeleyHitech Bullfrog GPDallara/Mercedes2545.661s
21Sophia FlorschVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Mercedes2555.348s
Ameya VaidyanathanCarlinDallara/Volkswagen11Retirement

Euro F3 Nurburgring: Schumacher scores hat-trick, Armstrong now third in title chase

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