Dennis Hauger now has the FIA Formula 3 title within his grasp after taking a fourth win of the season in dominant fashion after a late collision between yesterdays race two winner Victor Martins and David Schumacher gifted Clémant Novalak and Alex Smolyar a second and third podium place respectively. Hauger would also take the fastest lap taking a maximum of twenty-seven points home whilst title-rival Jack Doohan was unable to find a way onto the podium finishing the race in a respectable fourth position.
On the run down to turn one it was David Schumacher who would attempt to pass the PREMA of Hauger but was unsuccessful in doing so, the top 3 remaining unchanged at the end of the first lap of racing, one of the few men to lose out at the start was Jack Doohan who yet again had another sluggish getaway, the Australian clearly struggling with this aspect of the race this weekend losing positions to Novalak and Smolyar. Another to lost out was Caio Collet who had lost three places but got to work in reclaiming those positions overtaking Logan Sargeant for eighth position.
Victor Martins was the man lighting up the race, all over the back of David Schumacher but was unable to find a way through, even despite a lock up from the young German. Jak Crawford was struggling for grip, dropping back from his battle with Jack Doohan and being overtaken by Collet, then shortly after by Logan Sargeant dropping the Hitech down to eighth position.
The race had been a fairly uneventful one in terms of Formula 3 usually, but Martins changed that desperation kicking in trying to make the move on Schumacher but ended up spinning the German round. Novalak leapt up to p2, whilst Schumacher was forced to retire his Trident, Martins remained on track but was given a ten second time penalty for his involvement in Schumacher’s retirement.
A two lap Virtual Safety Car period then followed leaving one lap of racing to follow but nothing really changed in this final lap, Hauger winning the race by five seconds ahead of Novalak and Smolyar – the Russian putting in a superb drive rising five places from his starting position. Doohan and Collet would complete the top five. Sargeant, Crawford, Frederik Vesti and Arthur Leclerc would follow.
Dennis Hauger is really happy with his fourth win, with it going to be making a big impact on the championship, now the Norwegian is focused on Sochi – the updated final round of the championship.
“I am really happy with the result, it’s great for the championship. It has been an up and down weekend overall, but I am really happy to get the points in the end. We’ll keep moving forward for Sochi now.”
|1||Dennis Hauger||NOR||Prema Racing||24 Laps|
|2||Clement Novalak||FRA||Trident||+ 5.387s|
|3||Aleksandr Smolyar||RUS||ART Grand Prix||+ 6.961s|
|4||Jack Doohan||AUS||Trident||+ 7.184s|
|5||Caio Collet||BRA||MP Motorsport||+ 8.705s|
|6||Logan Sargeant||USA||Charouz Racing System||+ 12.016s|
|7||Jak Crawford||USA||Hitech Grand Prix||+ 13.093s|
|8||Frederik Vesti||DEN||ART Grand Prix||+ 14.007s|
|9||Arthur Leclerc||MON||Prema Racing||+ 14.643s|
|10||Victor Martins||FRA||MP Motorsport||+ 15.805s|
|11||Ayumu Iwasa||JPN||Hitech Grand Prix||+ 21.738s|
|12||Armaury Cordeel||BEL||Campos Racing||+ 22.896s|
|13||Roman Stanek||CZH||Hitech Grand Prix||+ 27.284s|
|14||Olli Caldwell||GBR||Prema Racing||+ 27.331s|
|15||Jonny Edgar||GBR||Carlin||+ 28.350s|
|16||Ido Cohen||ISR||Carlin||+ 29.809s|
|17||Lorenzo Colombo||ITA||Campos Racing||+ 30.437s|
|18||Calan Williams||AUS||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 36.957s|
|19||Filip Ugran||ROM||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 39.730s|
|20||Johnathan Hoggard||GBR||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 39.876s|
|21||Juan Manuel Correa||USA||ART Grand Prix||+ 48.318s|
|22||Kaylen Frederick||USA||Carlin||+ 48.500s|
|23||Hunter Yeany||USA||Charouz Racing System||+ 49.085s|
|24||Zdeněk Chovanec||POR||Charouz Racing System||+ 50.627s|
|25||László Tóth||HUN||Campos Racing||+ 52.757s|
|26||Rafael Villagomez||MEX||HWA Racelab||+ 53.010s|
|27||Oliver Rasmussen||DEN||HWA Racelab||+ 58.074s|
|28||Matteo Nannini||ITA||HWA Racelab||+ 1:25.810s|
|29||Tijmen van der Helm||NED||MP Motorsport||+ 1 Lap|
|30||David Schumacher||GER||Trident||+ 3 Laps|