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Colombo dominates delayed FIA F3 race one at soaking Spa

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Lorenzo Colombo earned a dominant win in very tricky wet conditions in the opening FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Starting at the head of the reversed grid, the Italian used his clear track to set consecutive fastest laps and pull away from the opposition by 13.471 seconds over the course of the race.

This gave the Campos Racing ace his maiden win in the category after a penalty for a safety car infringement stripped him of his first place in race one at the Hungaroring.

After an initial delay of 25 minutes because of the conditions, cars drove three formation laps behind the safety car before the race start was suspended again for another 25 minutes due to heavy rain and poor visibility.

The race finally got underway behind the safety car after that second delay. Colombo took advantage of his position and quickly opened a gap of over three seconds ahead of Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford and Roman Stanek when the safety car came into the pits after three laps.

Behind them, it was MP Motorsport’s Alpine Academy duo Caio Collet and Victor Martins who were making moves, first on Charouz driver Logan Sargeant and then on Trident’s Clement Novalak to move up to seventh and eighth respectively.

After that, things stayed pretty calm until the last two laps, when there was a fierce battle for fourth place among four drivers.

Trident’s David Schumacher attempted a move on Jenzer’s Jonathan Hoggard at La Source, which led to both going side by side into Eau Rouge.

This benefited those coming from behind, with Collet moving up to fourth and Vesti to fifth. However, Collet was soon penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage in the process, which demoted him to ninth at the finish.

In the meantime, it was a very quiet race for Crawford and Stanek who went on almost unnoticed to complete the podium, after holding on to their starting positions.

Vesti took fourth ahead of Martins, Hoggard, Novalak and Sargeant.

Schumacher dropped to 11th behind Smolyar but will start race two from the front row of the reversed grid alongside team-mate Jack Doohan, who held on to 12th place throughout in front of the Prema drivers Arthur Leclerc and Dennis Hauger the championship leader.

Filip Ugran was permitted to take part in the weekend’s races despite missing both practice and qualifying for medical reasons. The Jenzer Motorsport driver ultimately finished his race in the pits shortly before the end.

Race results (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 38m46.686s
2 Jak Crawford Hitech GP +13.471s
3 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +15.487s
4 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +19.099s
5 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +21.157s
6 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport +23.665s
7 Clement Novalak Trident +24.493s
8 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System +24.544s
9 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +25.275s
10 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +25.467s
11 David Schumacher Trident +25.967s
12 Jack Doohan Trident +26.911s
13 Arthur Leclerc Prema +28.367s
14 Dennis Hauger Prema +30.018s
15 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +31.487s
16 Olli Caldwell Prema +44.348s
17 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing +46.430s
18 Hunter Yeany Charouz Racing System +50.707s
19 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab +53.472s
20 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab +57.012s
21 Jonny Edgar Carlin +57.637s
22 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +58.493s
23 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport +59.173s
24 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +1m00.649s
25 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing +1m04.853s
26 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System +1m08.490s
27 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab +2m12.652s
28 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Ido Cohen Carlin  
Fastest lap: Colombo, 2m22.799s Championship standings Hauger 152   2 Doohan 89   3 Vesti 88   4 Caldwell 86   5 Smolyar 74   6 Novalak 74   7 Martins 72   8 Leclerc 44   9 Nannini 42   10 Collet 43