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FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AND DOUBLE PODIUM FINISH FOR GOETHE IN IMOLA

Oliver Goethe had a dream weekend in Imola, claiming his first victory in Red Bull Junior colours and following it up with a second-place finish at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

 Goethe arrived at Imola after showing impressive pace at the in-season test in Barcelona. Carrying the momentum to the historical circuit in northern Italy, he kicked off the weekend shooting to the top of the timing sheet in the practice session. Traffic thwarted his efforts in qualifying, prohibiting him from fighting for pole position, he still finished 7th, securing P6 on the grid for the Sprint Race.
 
Lining up on row 3 of the grid on Saturday morning, Oliver had an outstanding start, sweeping past Browning and Van Hoepen to take P4 in the first corner and passing fellow Red Bull Junior Sztuka for P3 before the first safety car interrupted the race. Following two chaotic restarts and two more SC phases, the action resumed on lap 11 and Oliver got a perfect restart finding himself right on the tail of Tramnitz. It only took him one lap to catch his fellow Motorsport Team Germany member, passing him into Turn 2. 
 
With only two laps to go, the Virtual Safety Car neutralised the race. It was withdrawn in time to allow a one-lap sprint to the finish line. The Rofgo Junior driver reacted exceptionally well at the restart, catching Leon by surprise and overtook the Mexican in Turn 15, winning the race on the line while setting the fastest lap and even though an incorrect stewards decision denied him from the German anthem on top of the podium, Oliver was later announced as the rightful winner of the Sprint race.
 
The German ace started Sunday’s race from seventh on the grid. He had a great launch off the line and was already up in P5 into Turn 1, and hunted down Lindblad for P4 by the end of the opening lap. It didn’t take long until he caught up to Meguetounif, and overtook the Frenchman for P3. In lap 5 of the 22-lap Feature Race Ollie executed an outstanding move on Ramos at T2 around the outside, clinching P2.
 
Just one lap later Fornaroli’s technical hiccup opened the door for Goethe who grabbed the opportunity with both hands, stormed into the lead and stayed there until lap 17. Unfortunately, Ollie had taken a little too much out of his tyres in his exemplary drive to the front and he lost his Pirellis with 5 laps to go. However, he managed to defend P2 until the checkered flag, claiming his second podium of the weekend and bagging the extra point for the fastest lap of the race.
 
Out of the 30 drivers on the grid, Oliver scored the most points over the course of the weekend (30), he was the only driver to claim a double podium (for the first time in his FIA F3 career and the first and only driver to achieve it in the 2024 season so far) and moved up to 5th in the standings, as the highest placed Red Bull Junior driver. In a highly competitive series like FIA F3 where consistency can win the championship, he is one of the two drivers on the 30-strong grid who scored points in every race this season.

Oliver Goethe:

“This weekend was huge. Somehow everything has fallen into place. I’ve been working really hard since the beginning of the season and I am glad it finally shows. Despite scoring points in every race so far, after this weekend I am back in the chase. It felt amazing to return to the podium, especially doing it twice in one weekend. Big thanks to Campos, the car was fantastic. We knew it back in Barcelona how quick we can be and it worked out perfectly in the races as well. Thanks to everyone for supporting me. I can’t wait to do it all over again in Monaco!”

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