After dominating the heats, Max Verstappen (Intrepid/TM) took the lead in Race 1, run on a soaked track, and rapidly escaped the pack. But although he was almost 5s ahead, he made a mistake causing a high-speed 360° spin. Overtaken by Charles Leclerc (ART/Parilla), Max was unable to get back in front of the Monaco driver. The Dutchman took his revenge however in the second race, this time on a dry track, with a lead of almost 6s. That enabled him to leave Germany leading the Championship. “I was really very fast all weekend,” Max explained. “I should have won both races, but I touched the kerb in Race 1. It was the mistake of an amateur … but more importantly I scored the points and this evening I’m leading the Championship.”
In the provisional classification, Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc. Starting from pole position in Race 2, he struggled in the earlier laps and had to be content with 8th place, but not without recording the fastest lap. So he still has a chance of the title. The same applies to his team-mate Benjamin Barnicoat (ART/Parilla), 5th in Race 1 and then 2nd in Race 2, after a splendid tussle with Dennis Olsen. The British driver is therefore 3rd in the Championship although he had been excluded from Qualifying (and so relegated to 106th position!) for an engine assembly error.
Behind these three, the amazing Danish driver Thomas Krebs (Maranello/TM) and the Norwegian Dennis Olsen (Energy/TM), who each climbed onto the lowest step of the podium in one of the two Finals, both lie in waiting. The provisional top 10 is completed by the Italian “Speedy”, alias Antonio Fuoco (Tony/Vortex), the French Anthoine Hubert (FK/TM), the British Tom Joyner (LH/BMB), the Danish Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic/Vortex) and the Polish Karol Basz (Birel/BMB).
This championship is run over two events with four points-scoring races, and drivers can drop their worst score. The last event will be at PFi on 22nd July, which will also be the last round for European KF3.