Logan Sargeant finally took his first FIA Formula 3 win in a truly dominant fashion to take the championship lead away from teammate Oscar Piastri.
Starting from pole position, the American got the perfect start and was well clear of the DRS window when it was activated on lap three and from there, no one could get anywhere near to challenge the PREMA driver.
With Piastri suffering problems all weekend, it was crucial to his title challenge that he make the most of the troubles and he did exactly that with maximum points for victory.
Jake Hughes go up to second at the start ahead of Liam Lawson and was comfortably second for much of the race until the battle pack behind stopped squabbling for position and began to close in.
He may have been overtaken on the final lap but he was happy to see a yellow flag at Stowe after Sebastián Fernández and Matteo Nannini came together the lap previous leaving the latter in the gravel.
Frederik Vesti finished fourth and he too was in the thick of the action, attacking Lawson at first before holding off a horde of drivers including Piastri.
David Beckmann was in that group and was relatively quiet in comparison, finishing fifth with a smart overtake on Théo Pourchaire who had the pace to catch and pass the top three had he found a way past Vesti.
Piastri eventually came home in seventh but after such a tough Friday, he’ll be pleased to have got to the end of the race without breaking down especially as the Australian reported a cut of power on the way to the grid.
The pleasantly surprising Bent Viscaal continued his fine start to the season with eighth, while behind him the Carlin trio ganged up on Lirim Zendeli with the German finishing tenth behind Clément Novalak. The tenth placed finish earned Zendeli the final point and reverse grid pole for Sunday’s race.
|1||Logan Sargeant||PREMA||20 Laps|
|2||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||+1.552|
|3||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+2.025|
|8||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||+10.705|
|9||Clément Novalak||Carlin Buzz Racing||+11.082|
|11||Ben Barnicoat||Carlin Buzz Racing||+12.072|
|12||Cameron Das||Carlin Buzz Racing||+14.284|
|16||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||+21.368|
|17||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||+22.278|
|19||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+23.441|
|23||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||+31.254|
|26||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||+92.538|
|27||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer||DNF (Contact)|
|28||Calan Williams||Jenzer||DNF (Contact)|
|29||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer||DNF (Contact)|
|30||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||DNF (Suspension)|