Formula 3

Vesti returns to the top after Leclerc suffers big crash

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

Frederik Vesti finally converted a great qualifying into a great race as he took victory in the final FIA Formula 3 race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

The ART driver started second and remained there during the opening laps but he was quick to make his move for the lead when DRS was enabled, overtaking Dennis Hauger in the PREMA and storming home from there on.

Hauger though ensured he completed his fantastic weekend by holding off teammate Olli Caldwell on the last lap after a late virtual safety car for debris following contact between Jak Crawford and Jack Doohan while fighting for fifth. Hauger claimed the win in race one and third in race two to see his points lead extend massively.

Caldwell took two podiums from the weekend but PREMA have a big repair job on after Arthur Leclerc and Victor Martins came together on the run to turn four. Leclerc was forced onto the grass and he was unable to stop the car, hurtling into the innocent Clément Novalak who’s race was ended in the gravel trap.

Aleksandr Smolyar made it a very good day for ART in fourth as he lost out to the PREMA’s over the distance but they were all well clear of the chaos for fifth on back and he picked up more valuable points for his championship.

Matteo Nannini was in the battle for the win before contact in race one but he recovered his weekend to some extent with fifth while Ayumu Iwasa did what he always does in making up multiple places in sixth.

Caio Collet had an awful start and dropped to last place but he did miraculously to come back to seventh at the flag passing Logan Sargeant in the final battles. Calan Williams and Jonny Edgar claimed the final points while Martins finished 25th after another spin as he tried to battle back in the closing laps.

Pos.NameTeamLaps/Gap
1Frederik VestiART24 Laps
2Dennis HaugerPREMA+1.124
3Olli CaldwellPREMA+1.741
4Aleksandr SmolyarART+2.258
5Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab+4,147
6Ayumu IwasaHitech GP+5.163
7Caio ColletMP Motorsport+6.785
8Logan SargeantCharouz+7.561
9Calan WilliamsJenzer+8.320
10Jonny EdgarCarlin+9.049
11Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab+9.288
12David SchumacherTrident+9.605
13Enzo FittipaldiCharouz+10.328
14Roman StanekHitech GP+10.782
15Lorenzo ColomboCampos+11.319
16Juan Manuel CorreaART+11.645
17Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport+13.049
18Johnathan HoggardJenzer+14.677
19Ido CohenCarlin+15.583
20Reshad De GerusCharouz+16.202
21Amaury CordeelCampos+16.358
22Filip UgranJenzer+17.200
23Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab+17.850
24László TóthCampos+19.104
25Victor MartinsMP Motorsport+43.050
26Jak CrawfordHitech GP+75.956
27Jack DoohanTrident+1 Lap
28Clément NovalakTridentDNF (Crash)
29Arthur LeclercPREMADNF (Crash)
30Kaylen FrederickCarlinDNS (Injury)
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