Barnicoat takes advantage of leaders clash for maiden F3 win

Ben Barnicoat became the fifth different winner in six races after capitalising on a crash between Maximilian Günther and George Russell to take victory in race three at a wet Hungaroring.

The Racing Steps Foundation driver was in the right position at the right time to assume the lead after his Hitech GP team-mate Russell and Prema Powerteam driver Günther collided on lap five.

The race had begun behind the safety car due to the wet conditions, and once released, Günther assumed the lead from pole position, while Russell moved into second when Sergio Sette Camara spun at the final corner, before moving onto Günther’s tail.

The safety car was deployed due to the incident between the duo, which saw Günther end up in the barriers and Russell in the pits with a broken suspension, but Barnicoat was able to control the race from the front until the chequered flag.

Joel Eriksson secured second place for Motopark, while Lance Stroll ended up third for Prema Powerteam after a good move to pass another Motopark driver Guan Yu Zhou for the podium position.

Zhou was able to keep his recovering team-mate Sette Camara and Callum Ilott of Van Amersfoort Racing behind him in the closing stages, while Pedro Piquet secured his first points of the season in seventh.

Niko Kari displaced Nick Cassidy and Harrison Newey over the closing laps to claim eighth for Motopark, with Prema Powerteam’s Cassidy edging Van Amersfoort Racing’s Newey on the final lap for ninth.

Hungaroring Race 3 Result

124Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP35m22.885s
222Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+4.998s
31Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+6.032s
423Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+17.627s
59Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+18.503s
66Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+19.980s
75Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+22.747s
810Niko KariFINMotopark+24.067s
92Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+27.384s
1020Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+29.868s
117Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+30.474s
124Alessio LorandiITACarlin+31.230s
1311Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+32.585s
1421Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+34.097s
1515Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport+42.367s
1618Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin+51.153s
RET12George RussellGBRHitech GPRetired
RET17Maximilian GuntherGERPrema PowerteamRetired
DNS16Ralf AronESTPrema PowerteamDid Not Start
DNS3Ryan TveterUSACarlinDid Not Start