Antonio Giovinazzi has become the latest winner of the prestigious Pau Grand Prix after capitalizing on a problem for race leader Jake Dennis to claim his second victory of the FIA F3 European Championship season on Sunday.
Giovinazzi entered the Pau weekend with a 100% podium record in 2015, and continued his good form in the first two races by finishing second and third for the Jagonya Ayam team.
However, it was British youngster Jake Dennis that was the form driver heading into the final race of the weekend after winning the opening two races, and he looked set to complete a hat-trick when he opened up a healthy lead during Sunday’s event.
A problem on his Prema Powerteam car soon put paid to his hopes of victory, though, allowing Giovinazzi to close and eventually take the lead of the race. The Italian driver eventually crossed the line to win the race by 1.9 seconds, whilst Dennis dropped down to 23rd place for the finish.
With victory, Giovinazzi adds his name to a list of winners that reads like a who’s-who of motorsport greats. Lewis Hamilton, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Jim Clark are just four of the drivers to have won at Pau in the past, with the grand prix event being run as a F1, F2 and F3 event over the years.
Maximilian Gunther finished the race in second place behind Giovinazzi, whilst Monegasque youngster Charles Leclerc came home third to give himself P2 in the drivers’ standings.
The FIA F3 series has produced a number of notable youngsters in recent years, including Toro Rosso F1 driver Max Verstappen, Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon and Ferrari Driver Academy member Raffaele Marciello.