Rookie driver Enaam Ahmed (Hitech Bullfrog GP) celebrated his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race win in Race 2 of the weekend at the Hungaroring. Another rookie, Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) came second while Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) was happy with his third-place finish. With his success, Britain’s Ahmed also moved up into the lead of the drivers’ standings after previous leader Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) retired with brake failure.
At the start of the race, things already went to plan for Enaam Ahmed, who claimed the lead off the line. Armstrong returned from the opening lap in second place ahead of Ticktum. Until the fifth lap, the Red Bull-backed Tictum held on to his position, but then retired due to a brake issue, handing third place to Palou.
Meanwhile, Ahmed was able to extend his lead while the positions behind him were also largely decided. Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) in sixth place, on the other hand, couldn’t afford himself any mistakes as his rivals Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) and Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) were right behind him for a long time. The Force India junior driver withstood the pressure and crossed the finish line in sixth place from Schumacher, Habsburg, Fenestraz and Ben Hingeley (Hitech Bullfrog GP).
“This success is a great feeling. I didn’t expect to win already on my second weekend of racing,” said Ahmed. “The level in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is very high and all the drivers are really good. Therefore, I had a really intense preparation for the season together with my driver coach during the winter, which obviously was good.
“In this race, my start wasn’t as good as Marcus’s, but still good enough to take the lead. Then, I didn’t take any big risks anymore, because I didn’t want to make any mistakes.”