Formula 3

Caldwell takes first F3 win as leaders collide. Twice.

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Credit: PREMA Racing

In typical FIA Formula 3 fashion, Olli Caldwell benefitted from staying out of trouble to claim his first victory in the series under the baking hot Barcelona sun.

David Schumacher led much of the race in his Trident but the drama started as Enzo Fittipaldi attempted to take the lead back that he’d lost early on. The Brazilian tried to go round the outside but he got on the yellow sausage kerbs and he was bounced into the Trident, ending both of their races.

That promoted Matteo Nannini to the lead but that would also go up in smoke as the two leading cars collided for the second time in the 22 lap race. Dennis Hauger tried to squeeze his PREMA down the inside into turn one but he too clipped the yellow sausage kerbs and he spun Nannini round, while also breaking his front wing, taking both cars out of contention.

And after all that, Caldwell was almost involved in a third lead collision as Victor Martins went for glory on the final lap, they were millimetres apart from each other but the MP Motorsport driver took to the run off to avoid contact and finished second.

It’s more good points for the Frenchman who starts tomorrow’s main race from third, directly ahead of Frederik Vesti who also benefitted from the carnage at the front to stand on the podium in third.

Clément Novalak enjoyed another very successful race finishing fourth in his Trident ahead of Caio Collet just as he did in the first race where the pair were both on the podium.

Jonny Edgar battled hard in the midfield for sixth ahead of fellow Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa for Hitech GP, Jack Doohan (who starts on the front row tomorrow) and Jak Crawford.

Juan Manuel Correa provided the fell good story of the day by finishing tenth and claiming his first point since returning to the cockpit after the horrific crash at Spa in 2019 which caused him serious leg injuries, on top of Anthoine Hubert’s fatal impact.

Turn two also saw contact on the opening lap as race one winner Aleksandr Smolyar experienced the contrasting emotions by crashing out with Logan Sargeant before the race really got going.

Pos.NameTeamLaps/Gap
1Olli CaldwellPREMA22 Laps
2Victor MartinsMP Motorsport+0.905
3Frederik VestiART+2.858
4Clément NovalakTrident+3.742
5Caio ColletMP Motorsport+3.979
6Jonny EdgarCarlin+4.522
7Ayumu IwasaHitech GP+5.008
8Jack DoohanTrident+5.511
9Jak CrawfordHitech GP+5.868
10Juan Manuel CorreaART+6.467
11Calan WilliamsJenzer+6.757
12Arthur LeclercPREMA+8.552
13Roman StanekHitech GP+9.862
14Reshad De GerusCharouz+10.328
15Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer+10.919
16Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport+11.482
17Amaury CordeelCampos+11.979
18Kaylen FrederickCarlin+14.113
19Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab+15.168
20Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab+15.608
21Ido CohenCarlin+16.047
22Filip UgranJenzer+16.408
23Lorenzo ColomboCampos+16.901
24László TóthCampos+18.305
25Dennis HaugerPREMA+87.491
26Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab+ 1 Lap
27Enzo FittipaldiCharouzDNF (Crash)
28David SchumacherTridentDNF (Crash)
29Logan SargeantCharouzDNF (Crash)
30Aleksandr SmolyarARTDNF (Crash)

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