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Felix Rosenqvist became the first Swede to win the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort this afternoon, taking the chequered flag comfortably ahead of F3 Euro Series rival Marco Wittmann. Kevin Magnussen completed the podium after a challenging start to the weekend, fending off home favourite Nigel Melker at the finish line.
Merhi was slow to getaway as the lights went out, opening up a gap for Juncadella on the inside. However, with both men fighting hard for position, the pair got caught up in a dramatic incident which saw Juncadella dragged down the pit straight. Merhi eventually continued on his mission to seal the title, but team-mate Juncadella was forced to retire.
Pipo Derani and Carlos Muñoz were also victims of the first lap drama as they tried to avoid the tangled cars, but Rosenqvist managed to find his way through into the lead ahead of Wittmann. Magnussen was a strong third as the Safety Car came out, but slowly fell back and ultimately ended up almost half a minute behind victor Rosenqvist.
Rupert Svendsen-Cook climbed from eighth on the grid to claim fifth at the end of the race, just under two seconds behind Melker. Signature drivers Daniel Abt and Laurens Vanthoor were next up in sixth and seventh, while Lucas Foresti, Merhi and Eriksson completed the top ten. As a result of the first lap incident, Merhi was disqualified and fined, but he still claimed the F3 International Trophy with Wittmann failing to win.
- The dramatic first lap incident can be viewed at GPUpdate TV
The F3 Euro Series field will be back in action at Silverstone on the weekend of September 10-11
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