27 June 2009
Euro: Bianchi takes win #2 at the Norisring
Jules Bianchi maintained his lead in the Formula 3 Euro Series following his victory on Saturday in the rain interrupted race at the Norisring.
Bianchi took the lead after the first re-start that had occurred following an accident in the first corner and a subsequent intervention of the safety car.
After that the ART Grand Prix man drove a controlled race and eventually triumphed to take his second win of the season, despite a second stoppage with only one lap to go.
“My start wasn't very good, but my restart after the safety car was all the better. After that, I tried to pull a gap over the drivers behind me and I succeeded,” he noted.
“My car was good and I am still the points' leader in the Formula 3 Euro Series, I am happy with that.”
Mucke Motorsports' Alexander Sims came in second, only 0.483 seconds further back after the race was red flagged again with just one lap to go.
Sims had led early on, but lost the lead at the first re-start and was then involved in a battle with Stefano Coletti, Esteban Gutierrez and Roberto Merhi, who came in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
“Starting the race once more after the interruption [due to rain at the end] was strange, just for one more lap behind the safety car,” said Sims.
“At the restart after the accident on the opening lap, I wasn't good and Jules went past. But the main thing is that I have my first podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro Series.”
Coletti concurred with Sims that the second re-start was a bit odd: “Starting once again just for one lap behind the safety car was strange,” he added.
“We could have done without that, or have had two or three laps instead. Still, I am happy with third place.”
Further down the order meanwhile, Christian Vietoris came in sixth, followed by Jean-Karl Vernay and Sam Bird. Henkie Waldschmidt and Marco Wittmann rounded out the top ten.
Of the six retirees, five were forced out as a result of the mass collision at the first start, namely Mika Maki, Brendon Harley, Christopher Zanella, Johan Jokinen and Tiago Geronimi. Matteo Chinosi also failed to finish.
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