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Crawford takes maiden FIA F3 victory at Red Bull Ring

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Jak Crawford claimed his maiden FIA Formula 3 victory ahead of Caio Collet in the sprint race at the Red Bull Ring.

Crawford snatched the race lead from Collet late in the race and left the reversed-grid polesitter to defend against a train of drivers for the runner-up spot, with Franco Colapinto emerging from a frantic battle to finish third.

Multiple safety cars and a virtual safety car period disrupted running in the race, and the first came very early, shortly after Juan Manuel Correa took the lead on lap one from Collet.

Alpine junior Collet tried to fight back, only for racing to be neutralised when Rafael Villagomez stopped on track.

Correa got a good restart and held Collet off until he suddenly slowed. Correa plummeted down the order, but was able to get his car out of the way so racing continued.

Collet had a good lead after that, and wasn’t hindered when the VSC was used after William Alatalo stopped on track with smoke pouring from the rear of his car.

When racing resumed, the battle for second was the closest on track. Colapinto led Crawford, Jonny Edgar and Zane Maloney, with Prema’s battling Arthur Leclerc and Ollie Bearman close behind.

A late lunge for Leclerc put him alongside his team-mate, and both were able to get alongside Maloney.

Maloney and Bearman touched, sending Maloney spinning and Bearman down the order. Maloney stopped after touching the barriers, causing the second safety car period.

Just before the safety car boards came out, Crawford managed to pass Colapinto for second, putting him on Collet’s rear.

Crawford stuck with Collet on the restart and took the lead shortly after. Collet tried to keep with him, and finished just 0.6 seconds back.

Colapinto was just 0.3s behind Collet but was more concerned with late attacks from Leclerc, just managing to hold him off.

Roman Stanek took fifth after a hard-fought race, and Bearman recovered to sixth but was given a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits, dropping him to 16th.

Kaylen Frederick was promoted to sixth, ahead of Edgar and points leader Victor Martains. Alexander Smolyar and feature race poleman Isack Hadjar completed the top 10.

Race result (21 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jak Crawford Prema 32m50.011s
2 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +0.626s
3 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing +1.020s
4 Arthur Leclerc Prema +1.265s
5 Roman Stanek Trident +2.351s
6 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP +6.178s
7 Jonny Edgar Trident +7.207s
8 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix +7.582s
9 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport +8.111s
10 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +8.568s
11 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +8.959s
12 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +9.362s
13 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +9.752s
14 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport +10.311s
15 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System +10.585s
16 Ollie Bearman Prema +10.606s
17 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing +11.280s
18 Kush Maini MP Motorsport +12.495s
19 Brad Benavides Carlin +16.133s
20 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +17.119s
21 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing +19.716s
22 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System +19.964s
23 Nazim Azman Hitech GP +21.141s
24 David Vidales Campos Racing +21.637s
25 Enzo Trulli Carlin +50.504s
26 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System +54.445s
Ret Zane Maloney Trident
Ret William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix
Ret Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing
Fastest lap: Leclerc, 1m21.200s

Championship standings
1 Martins 80   2 Leclerc 79   3 Hadjar 71   4 Crawford 70   5 Stanek 67   6 Bearman 44   7 Collet 39   8 O’Sullivan 33   9 Colapinto 34   10 Smolyar 30