Romain Grosjean came out top in a turbulent rain affected race at the Norisring on Saturday, the first race out of two that make up the third round in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Grosjean took the lead on lap 24 when Kamui Kobayashi missed his braking point and spun. By that point rain was beginning to fall heavily and the stewards took the decision to stop the race.

The action resumed 12 minutes later and in the end Grosjean held on, taking the win by 3.212 seconds: "I braked too late at the first corner after the start and then dropped back. After that, I just tried to defend my position," he reflected. "Then, the rain set in and the race was really crazy. Victory is a great result."

S?bastien Buemi meanwhile took the runners-up spot for Mucke Motorsport and after losing time at the start and dropping from first to third, he was happy with second.

"I had clutch problems at the start and therefore I had problems getting away," he explained. "After that, I just wanted to get a decent result. It is important that I have succeeded in defending my points lead."

Edoardo Mortara took the final place on the podium, passing Tom Dillman in the final few laps. The rookie also benefited from the accident of his team-mate, Yann Clairay.

"After the first lap, I was only 15th. Making it all the way to the podium is just great then," said the Singature-Plus man. "It was a great race."

Filip Salaquarda completed the top five, while Jean-Karl Vernay and Manor Motorsport duo, James Jakes and Yelmer Buurman came in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.