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Collet wins Zandvoort F3 sprint race ahead of Correa

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Alpine junior Caio Collet claimed his second FIA Formula 3 sprint victory in three rounds at Zandvoort ahead of Juan Manuel Correa.

MP Motorsport driver Collet overtook reversed-grid polesitter Correa for the lead early on the race and controlled the pace from there. ART Grand Prix driver Correa held on to finish in second place ahead of Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan to claim his first podium since his racing return after his Spa 2019 accident.

A good start allowed Collet to pass Gregoire Saucy and O’Sullivan around the outside of turn one to place himself right on the tail of race leader Correa.

Collet first attempted to take the lead on lap four around the outside of turn one, similarly to what he had done in the opening lap. However, he wasn’t able to complete the move on Correa as he ran wide at the exit of the corner. The Brazilian tried again the following lap and would pull it off at turn three after him and Correa drove wheel to wheel.

Championship contenders Victor Martins and Ollie Bearman also moved forward from 11th and 13th on the grid to 7th and 10th place respectively. The pair benefited from Franco Colapinto hitting the back of Roman Stanek, who went sideways at turn one. Stanek’s Trident team-mate Zane Maloney ran into the gravel trap as he took avoiding action, which dropped him out of the top 20.

Also at turn one on lap five, VAR’s Rafael Villagomez locked up his tyres and hit the rear-right tyre of Carlin’s Brad Benavides, who spun. Both drivers were able to continue and no safety car was needed.

For the second week in a row, Jonny Edgar finished just off the podium in fourth in front of Saucy and Isack Hadjar, who was able to increase his championship lead by three points over Martins.

Sebastian Montoya held off Jak Crawford to finish seventh in his first F3 race, while Stanek recovered to beat Bearman to the final point in 10th.

Arthur Leclerc made progress throughout the race from his starting position of 20th. He finished in 12th place after fighting Colapinto and Bearman in the closing laps.

Race result (21 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 30m55.183s
2 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +4.057s
3 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +4.935s
4 Jonny Edgar Trident +5.888s
5 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +6.628s
6 Isack Hadjar Hitech Grand Prix +7.593s
7 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix +8.184s
8 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing +9.903s
9 Jak Crawford Prema Racing +10.599s
10 Roman Stanek Trident +11.028s
11 Ollie Bearman Prema Racing +12.399s
12 Arthur Leclerc Prema Racing +15.688s
13 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing +17.290s
14 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport +17.941s
15 Kaylen Frederick Hitech Grand Prix +19.994s
16 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System +20.638s
18 Zane Maloney Trident +21.116s
17 Kush Maini MP Motorsport +23.870s
19 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +23.930s
20 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +24.193s
21 David Vidales Campos Racing +24.583s
22 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing +27.177s
23 Enzo Trulli Carlin +30.780s
24 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +31.218s
25 Nazim Azman Hitech Grand Prix +34.656s
26 Brad Benavides Carlin +44.181s
27 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System +1m03.611s
28 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing +1m05.548s
29 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
30 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Fastest lap: Collet, 1m27.259s

Championship standings
1 Hadjar 111   2 Martins 108   3 Bearman 105   4 Leclerc 101   5 Stanek 97   6 Crawford 82   7 Maloney 76   8 Collet 74   9 Smolyar 73   10 O’Sullivan 54