Red Bull Junior Team

Red Bull Junior Team : GP3 Hockenheim, Félix da Costa knocked out of Race 2

António Félix da Costa during Hockenheim practice, GP3, Carlin Daniel Kalisz/LAT Photographic

Race 2 of the GP3 weekend at Hockenheim was held in brilliant sunshine but offered Red Bull Junior António Félix da Costa even less than Race 1. A second forced retirement, this time just a few hundred metres into the 1st lap when the 20 year old Portuguese was put out by a collision that damaged the Carlin car at the 1st corner. The race was won by championship leader Mitch Evans (NZL – MW Arden).

It was an incident strewn event with most of the laps run under the safety car. A multi car crash further round the 1st lap saw Vicky Piria (ITA - Trident Racing) launched into the air and she had to be extricated from her wrecked car while the field followed the Mercedes SLS. Fast starting Daniel Abt (GER – Lotus GP) had the lead for the lap 8 restart but almost immediately he was passed by Evans with an uncontested outbraking move down the inside into the hairpin.

Fabiano Machado (BRA – Marussia Manor Racing) then crashed and had to be similarly attended to so another lengthy SC period effectively finished the race under caution with Evans crossing the line ahead of Abt and Conor Daly (USA – Lotus GP). There were only 4 green flag laps but Evans was happy enough to extend his championship lead.  Félix da Costa dropped to 7th in the standings after his first non scoring weekend of the year.

Positions after 10 of 16 races:
1st Evans 121 points, 2nd Vainio 103, 3rd Abt 76, 4th Niederhauser 75, 5th Daly 75, 6th Laine 60, 7th Félix da Costa 58

The next races: July 28th-29th, Hungaroring.

 


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