Harry Tincknell has claimed a brilliant podium position following the third race of the weekend’s FIA Formula Three European Championship action at Brands Hatch. Nicolas Latifi also enjoyed a strong result coming home to collect points for eighth place however it was a race marred by penalties for both Jordan King and Daniil Kvyat while Jann Mardenborough suffered contact and was forced to retire on the opening lap.
Lining up on the second row of the grid British racer Tincknell enjoyed a fast getaway as the lights went out to mark the start of racing action. Kvyat and Latifi had both made up places as well however Mardenborough, who had started in tenth position, was tapped and spun around in the opening lap. The resulting damage, broken suspension, ensured he was not able to continue and brought his race to an end.
Meanwhile Latifi was battling hard for position with Mitch Gilbert however the pair came together; thankfully this incident caused no damage for the Carlin man and he was able to continue in 14th position.
With the opening laps complete, and everyone settled in to a rhythm, Tincknell was holding fourth position, King was eighth, Kvyat 12th and Latifi 14th. However everything was to change when Alex Lynn spun from third and stopped on track. This dangerous position caused the deployment of a Safety Car when Mans Grenhagen subsequently ploughed into Lynn’s stopped car. This meant that Tincknell had moved up to third as a result.
When track action was resumed the Carlin men held positions well at the restart however a slew of penalties, up and down the field, for yellow flag infringements were to shape the remainder of the race. Both King and Kvyat were in the group of those handed drive through penalties which placed them down the order upon re-joining the track; 12th and 15th respectively once the rest of the penalties had been taken.
Latifi was one of those who benefitted from the action happening around him and as a result moved up to eighth place and, more importantly, was in free air away from traffic; keeping this position and pulling a gap to those behind him saw the Canadian driver take the flag in a great eighth place – picking up valuable championship points.
Meanwhile at the front Tincknell was running a strong race with his pace consistent and keeping a good gap to Felix Rosenqvist behind. With his experience showing the Carlin man took a brilliant podium position for third place.
Unfortunately, after serving their penalties earlier in the race, King and Kvyat were outside the top ten and came home in 12th and 15th respectively.
Tincknell said of his podium, ‘I had a good start, I tried challenging Lucas (Auer) ahead but it’s difficult to do so here. Once the race settled into a rhythm we had strong pace so we knew we were looking good. When Alex (Lynn) went off I had to avoid him but then that put me in a podium position; from then on I just continued with the pace I knew I had.
‘It’s a great result for me and for the team – I know they’ve been working really hard as always and so we now continue to push ready for the next round.’
Latifi added, ‘I’m really happy with the way the race went today, it’s good to end the weekend on a high note compared to the other two races. I had an average start and got a bit of contact from behind but my main opportunity on the first lap was after Jann was taken out which bunched the field up.
‘After that I ran my own race. I knew that there were drive through penalties coming to a few drivers but I made sure to keep a consistent pace and take the race from there. It’s good to come away with these points.’