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May 19th, 2012
Raffaele Marciello led home a 1-2-3 finish for Prema Powerteam in the first of three F3 Euro Series races at Brands Hatch on Saturday.
Starting second, the 17-year-old Italian passed Daniel Juncadella at the start when the polesitter suffered from extreme wheelspin while trying to head him off.
He appeared to have the win sewn up when Juncadella put two wheels in the gravel at Paddock with 15 laps to go and fell almost two seconds behind.
The Spaniard dug deep though and recovered to less than 0.5s adrift, but lost time at Paddock while lapping Will Buller with a lap to go and was unable to mount a challenge in the remaining corners.
It was Marciello’s second Euro Series win and his third in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, which he now leads by three points from Juncadella.
Michael Lewis, in the third Prema car, fell back initially, but was given a mid-race reprieve when Lucas Wolf spun his URD car at Paddock and stopped on the track, bringing out the safety car.
When racing resumed, however, the American had his hands full defending third from Carlin driver Carlos Sainz Jr. He managed, and took his maiden Euro Series podium as a result, ahead of the Spaniard.
Pascal Wehrlein was the best of the Mucke drivers in fifth after resisting extreme pressure from the fourth Prema car of Sven Muller for the final 20 laps.
Muller had earlier passed Wehrlein’s team-mate Felix Rosenqvist for sixth when the Swede suffered mid-corner oversteer at Paddock. The loss of momentum forced the Rosenqvist to concede at the Druids hairpin that followed.
Jazeman Jaafar was the best of the British F3 interlopers in eighth, which also gave the Malaysian pole for the afternoon’s reversed-grid race.
Jaafar made the move of the race as he passed his Carlin team-mate Buller for eighth spot at Paddock on lap 11. Double R’s Fahmi Ilyas also passed Buller at the same point after Jaafar’s initial move pushed the Briton wide.
Buller’s pace dropped away dramatically during the final five laps as he fell from 10th to 15th. His team-mate Harry Tincknell pulled out at half-distance after officials instructed him to pit to have a damaged front wing repaired.
Results – 56 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 40m23.651s
2. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc + 1.782s
3. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc + 9.447s
4. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW + 10.299s
5. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 11.217s
6. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc + 11.594s
7. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 13.788s
8. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 16.737s
9. Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc + 29.221s
10. Tom Blomqvist ma-con Dallara-VW + 29.768s
11. Emil Bernstorff ma-con Dallara-VW + 30.354s
12. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Merc + 40.983s
13. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1 lap
14. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1 lap
15. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 1 lap
Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc 20 laps
Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 16 laps
Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc 0 laps