Formula 3

Vesti wins as championship pendulum swings in Piastri’s favour

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Credit: PREMA Racing / FIA Formula 3

FIA Formula 3 kicked off the racing at the Italian Grand Prix with an enthralling race, by the end of which Frederik Vesti took his second win of the year as Logan Sargeant lost the championship lead.

Vesti started ninth and showed off sublime overtaking skills to reach third on the road, but he was multiple seconds back from the leading pair at the time of Théo Pourchaire and Jake Hughes. But he was saved by a safety car as Sebastián Fernández spun and got stuck in the gravel trap at the Ascari chicane. “Thank You Baby!” the Dane exclaimed on the radio.

Now on the tail of the leaders, Vesti got to work, passing Hughes instantly after the restart before biding his time behind Pourchaire, making his move with three laps to go.

Pourchaire himself drove a stunning race; having started sixth after a five-place penalty robbed him of his first F3 pole, he scythed his way through the pack and looked comfortable in the lead when it was Hughes behind him. But Vesti had just a little too much for the Frenchman and he had to settle for second.

The big news however is that there is a new championship leader with just three races to go. Oscar Piastri was arguably driver of the day as he rose from fifteenth on the grid to third. To make his day even better, his title rival Sargeant was hit into a spin by Clément Novalak and he dropped all the way down to twenty-sixth. Novalak was given a ten second penalty for the incident.

Just off the podium, David Beckmann picked his battles superbly to finish fourth ahead of Hughes and Liam Lawson who was in the thick of the action from the very start.

Lirim Zendeli kept his nose clean and finished seventh as a result while there was all kinds of penalties behind him. Bent Viscaal was classified eighth and it should have been Roman Stanek next, but the youngest driver in the field ran wide at the final corner on the final lap and got slapped with a penalty as a result.

That, coupled with Novalak’s penalty, meant that Enzo Fittipaldi finished in ninth after a drive even better than Piastri’s after the Brazilian stalled at the start. He beat Michael Belov who took his first point and reverse grid pole on his second F3 race weekend.

1Frederik VestiPREMA22 Laps
2Théo PourchaireART+0.899
3Oscar PiastriPREMA+5.470
4David BeckmannTrident+6.124
5Jake HughesHWA Racelab+7.419
6Liam LawsonHitech GP+7.984
7Lirim ZendeliTrident+8.692
8Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport+9.232
9Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab+12.192
10Michael BelovCharouz+15.441
11Roman StanekCharouz+15.755
12Jack DoohanHWA Racelab+16.862
13Dennis HaugerHitech GP+17.290
14Clément NovalakCarlin+18.455
15Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport+19.185
16Cameron DasCarlin+20.283
17Alex PeroniCampos+21.026
18Pierre-Louis ChovetHitech GP+21.922
19David SchumacherCarlin+27.277
20Aleksandr SmolyarART+28.375
21Sophia FloerschCampos+28.393
22Federico MalvestitiJenzer+29.057
23Alessio DeleddaCampos+29.434
24Igor FragaCharouz+34.067
25Calan WilliamsJenzer+34.500
26Logan SargeantPREMA+38.847
27Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport+46.678
28Sebastián FernándezARTDNF (Crash)
29Olli CaldwellTridentDNF (Contact)
30Matteo NanniniJenzerDNF (Contact)
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