Formula 3

Lawson survives late safety car to win F3 sprint race

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Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Dutch Photo Agency

Red Bull junior Liam Lawson took his first FIA Formula 3 victory as he held off Richard Verschoor in a two-lap sprint at the Red Bull Ring.

The Hitech GP driver started fifth and quickly made his way to the front in just seven laps and had built a gap before the safety car was deployed after Roman Stanek demolished a DRS board all over the track.

It was a race which saw the top ten drivers in one big train, much like a Moto3 race where those at the front struggle to create a gap.

Verschoor finished second with pole-sitter Clément Novalak rounding out the podium places. David Beckmann found himself in the thick of the action throughout to come home fourth ahead of his Trident teammate Lirim Zendeli.

PREMA’s trio didn’t make the progress they would’ve been hoping for with Frederik Vesti the lead car in sixth and race one winner Oscar Piastri eighth behind ART’s Aleksandr Smolyar. American Logan Sargeant suffered a puncture and fell out of contention.

The battle for the final two points position was intense throughout, especially after Alex Peroni suffered a mechanical problem that saw him stop at the side of the road. Enzo Fittipaldi was impressive to finish ninth with Max Fewtrell getting the final point.

Sebastián Fernández, who took pole for race one before crashing out, was supreme in climbing 17 places from the back to 13th, but leaves the opening round with just the four points for pole when it could’ve been so much more.

PosNameTeamTime / Gap
1Liam LawsonHitech GP37:01:698
2Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport+0.417
3Clément NovalakCarlin Buzz Racing+1.302
4David BeckmannTrident+1.639
5Lirim ZendeliTrident+2.232
6Frederik VestiPREMA+2.836
7Aleksandr SmolyarART+3.090
8Oscar PiastriPREMA+3.451
9Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab+4.098
10Max FewtrellHitech GP+4.580
11Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport+4.975
12Jake HughesHWA Racelab+5.437
13Sebastián FernándezART+6.206
14Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport+7.109
15David SchumacherCharouz+8.499
16Sophia FloerschCampos+9.159
17Calan WilliamsJenzer+9.491
18Matteo NanniniJenzer+9.864
19Théo PourchaireART+10.237
20Olli CaldwellTrident+10.949
21Alessio DeleddaCampos+11.3
22Federico MalvestitiJenzer+12.0
23Dennis HaugerHitech GP+12.4
24Roman StanekCharouz+13.1
25Enaam AhmedCarlin Buzz Racing+18.1
26Igor FragaCharouz+30.8
27Logan SargeantPREMA+1 Lap
28Jack DoohanHWA Racelab+8 Laps
29Alex PeroniCamposDNF (Mechanical)
30Cameron DasCarlin Buzz RacingDNF (Contact)

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