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Beckmann awarded Silverstone FIA F3 race two win after Smolyar penalty

by Peter Allen

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

David Beckmann has been awarded victory in the second FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Silverstone after Alexander Smolyar was penalised.

Smolyar had spent the race defending the lead from Beckmann in a bid to take his maiden F3 win, and at one stage began weaving on the straights to try and break the tow.

Before taking the chequered flag, he was warned by his ART Grand Prix team about the movement and race control said it would investigate afterwards.

Smolyar eventually received a five-second penalty for his “abnormal” changes of direction, enough to demote him from victory and down to sixth place.

Explaining the decision, stewards said Smolyar’s movements did not “necessarily” violate the changes of direction allowed by the regulations, but felt his attempts to break the tow did qualify as “manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers”.

“It is hard on the longer straight because you are facing the wind and the DRS works twice as well for the driver behind than it does normally,” Smolyar said after the race.

“I was looking in my mirrors and every time I saw David quite far away from me, but with the DRS he was catching so quickly. I had to look at my mirrors every lap to decide whether I needed to defend or not.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with it, and I don’t think that I was moving much, but as soon as my engineer told me, I stopped straight away because I didn’t want to create any problems with the stewards. I don’t think it really helps, but I was just trying anything I could to not let David get close to me.”

Beckmann gains his second consecutive win in a Sunday F3 race, with Clement Novalak gaining second and Alex Peroni taking third.

Prema pair Frederik Vesti and Logan Sargeant also gain a place, bringing the latter one point closer to championship leader Oscar Piastri.


Revised race results (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 David Beckmann Trident 39m10.052s
2 Clement Novalak Carlin +0.426s
3 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +0.985s
4 Frederik Vesti Prema +1.500s
5 Logan Sargeant Prema +1.892s
6 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +3.520s
7 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +5.708s
8 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +6.251s
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +6.861s
10 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +7.149s
11 Lirim Zendeli Trident +7.618s
12 Ben Barnicoat Carlin +10.998s
13 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +13.023s
14 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +13.617s
15 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +13.906s
16 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +16.594s
17 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +17.852s
18 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +18.356s
19 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +18.598s
20 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +20.521s
21 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +21.254s
22 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +21.548s
23 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +22.123s
24 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +22.624s
25 Cameron Das Carlin +25.256s
26 Olli Caldwell Trident +27.738s
27 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +28.934s
28 Alessio Deledda Camps Racing +33.132s
Ret Oscar Piastri Prema
Ret Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System
Fastest lap: Sargeant, 1m45.968s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 94   2 Sargeant 77   3 Beckmann 64.5   4 Lawson 54   5 Vesti 55.5   6 Pourchaire 51   7 Verschoor 47   8 Peroni 42   9 Novalak 31   10 Zendeli 26