Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) claimed his first victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in the first race of the weekend at the Hungaroring. Behind the British Red Bull junior driver, Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing) as the best-placed rookie, were classified second and third respectively. With his success, Ticktum also moved up into the lead of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.
Ticktum started from pole position, but briefly had to hand the lead to Guanyu Zhou after the start. Then, the Ferrari-backed Chinese made a mistake and Ticktum took the lead. Behind him, Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) moved up into second place while Zhou dropped back to third. Meanwhile, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) headed into the pits after a duel with Ticktum and retired from the race.
On lap two, Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) also came into the pits after a duel with Robert Shvartzman in which the Austrian lost his fourth place to the Russian rookie. One lap later, Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark) spun on the track that was still partly damp and dropped out of the top 10.
As the race went on, Ticktum gradually extended his lead to over five seconds while his rival Aron incurred a five-second time penalty from the stewards for a jump start. After the race, this was added to the Estonian’s race time. As a result, the winner of the Grand Prix de Pau was classified fifth. Ahead of Aron, Zhou, Shvartzman and Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing) occupied second to fourth place while Juri Vips (Motopark), Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP), Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin), Ben Hingeley (Hitech Bullfrog GP) and Fabio Scherer (Motopark) followed in sixth to 10th place. Fenestraz had come to the Hungaroring as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader.