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Verstappen wins again in race two at Spa

by Peter Allen
Max Verstappen

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

Max Verstappen scored his second FIA F3 European Championship win of the day in another action-packed second race.

Verstappen and championship leader Esteban Ocon worked their way past surprise pole-sitter Gustavo Menezes before the end of lap one.

As in race one, Verstappen had to deal with a mid-race safety car, when Lucas Auer clashed heavily with Felix Serralles at Les Combes. Auer had run wide at the right-hander and clattered into Serralles when he rejoined the track, sending the West-Tec driver onto two wheels and into the barrier.

After the restart, Verstappen handled the pressure from Ocon to win by 0.805 seconds.

Menezes finished in third to secure his maiden podium, while Felix Rosenqvist inherited fourth after the Auer-Serralles clash. Tatiana Calderon enjoyed a clean race to go from 11th to fifth and claim, by far, her best result in the series.

Jake Dennis took sixth ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Tom Blomqvist, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Jordan King completing the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap?
1 Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing 15 laps in 35:48.572
2 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam 0.805
3 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing 1.842
4 Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport 3.021
5 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing 7.992
6 Jake Dennis Carlin 9.257
7 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam 11.609
8 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 12.113
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 13.221
10 Jordan King Carlin 13.411
11 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport 14.250
12 Mitch Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 14.948
13 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 16.418
14 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam 17.332
15 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport 17.688
16 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing 18.400
17 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec 20.427
18 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports 24.494
19 Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport +2 laps
Not classified
Felix Serralles Team West-Tec +7 laps
Lucas Auer Mucke Motorsport +7 laps
Felipe Guimaraes Double R Racing +13 laps
Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +14 laps
Michele Beretta EuroInternational +14 laps
Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +14 laps
DNS Santino Ferrucci EuroInternational