Prema’s Mick Schumacher converted pole position into a dominant race victory in the first European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Misano.
Schumacher got off to a good start and was able to pull out a gap of over a second by the end of the opening lap with others battling behind him.
The gap between him and Prema team-mate Marcus Armstrong was kept to around 1.5 seconds for the majority of the race, but in the final 10 minutes Armstrong started to make up a bit of time on the German.
Before the chequered flag however Armstrong fell back, with Schumacher winning his third European F3 race of the 2018 season, moving him up to fourth in the drivers’ championship.
Second place for Armstrong means that he moves to within eight points of championship leader Dan Ticktum, with the Motopark driver having to settle for sixth position.
The top four was completed by two more Prema drivers, with Robert Shwartzman getting past team-mate Guan Yu Zhou after getting off the line quickly at the start of the race. Less than seven-tenths of a second separated the two drivers.
Motopark’s Juri Vips moved up to sixth during the opening laps and was on the back of team-mate Ticktum for the opening half of the race before making an impressive move with 13 minutes to go.
The Estonian driver then proceeded to start catching up to the Prema front runners, but didn’t have enough time to get close to Zhou in fourth place.
Ticktum was able to hold onto sixth place, but Prema’s Ralf Aron was only 0.236s behind at the chequered flag.
Alex Palou was also just over a second behind Ticktum at the end of the race after originally starting outside of the top 10.
Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and Motopark’s Jonathan Aberdein rounded off the top 10 in ninth and 10th respectively.
Enaam Ahmed, who was originally fourth in the championship heading into Misano, finished 21st after spinning during the opening half of the race.
Only his Hitech team-mate Ben Hingeley finished behind him after being given a drive-through penalty by the stewards before the half-way point while racing in 14th position.