Prema’s Olli Caldwell benefitted from two separate collisions ahead of him to take victory in a dramatic second FIA Formula 3 race of the season at Barcelona.
After starting seventh on the grid, Caldwell was up to fifth place when Enzo Fittipaldi and David Schumacher came together at Turn 2 on lap 15 of 22.
Fittipaldi led from reversed-grid pole position at the start but remained within range of Schumacher’s Drag Reduction System, and was passed into Turn 1 on lap 12.
Trident driver Schumacher couldn’t pull away and was forced to defend two laps later, before Charouz racer Fittipaldi then got fully alongside after one further tour. Trying to go around the outside of Turn 1, Fittipaldi went wide off track and then tried to rejoin over the raised kerb at Turn 2, banging wheels with Schumacher and sending him crashing into the barriers.
Fittipaldi continued in third behind Matteo Nannini and Dennis Hauger, only to then slow to a halt under the subsequent safety car period.
When the race restarted with five laps to go, Hauger immediately went side-by-side with Nannini for the lead, but the HWA driver braked late on the inside to stay out front.
Going onto the penultimate lap they were then side-by-side once more, Hauger this time taking to the inside. After mounting the apex kerb he had an oversteer which led to him hitting Nannini, and was left with nowhere to go but run into his spinning rival.
Victor Martins had been ahead of both Hauger and Caldwell in the first part of the race until he got a massive slide in Turn 9 that ultimately cost him position to both Prema drivers, but he still had a chance at depriving Caldwell of his maiden FIA F3 win on the final lap.
Caldwell defended the inside into Turn 1 and left Martins no room to go around the outside, with the Alpine-backed MP Motorsport driver taking to the run-off area instead. He rejoined in second place but did not follow the prescribed lane to do so – something that could earn him attention from the stewards.
Frederik Vesti had a relatively quiet run to finish third ahead of Clement Novalak and Caio Collet.
Jonny Edgar led home fellow Red Bull proteges Ayumu Iwasa, Jack Doohan and Jak Crawford, while Juan Manuel Correa netted the first point of his racing return in 10th place.
Arthur Leclerc made up 16 places to finish 12th behind Calan Williams.
Race one winner Alex Smolyar was eliminated in a collision with Logan Sargeant at the start that brought out the safety car, caused after he sustained a puncture in Turn 1 contact with Novalak.
Race results (22 laps)
|2||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||+0.905s|
|3||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||+2.858s|
|5||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||+3.979s|
|7||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||+5.008s|
|9||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||+5.868s|
|10||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||+6.467s|
|11||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||+6.757s|
|13||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||+9.862s|
|14||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||+10.328s|
|15||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||+10.919s|
|16||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||+11.482s|
|17||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||+11.979s|
|19||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||+15.168s|
|20||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||+15.608s|
|22||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||+16.408s|
|23||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||+16.901s|
|24||Laszlo Toth||Campos Racing||+18.305s|
|26||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||+1 lap|
|Ret||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System|
|Ret||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System|
|Ret||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix|
|Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m36.973s