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Red Bull junior Hadjar wins in F3 in wet Red Bull Ring feature race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Isack Hadjar controlled the FIA Formula 3 Championship feature race at the Red Bull Ring for a lights-to-flag win.

It was a wet race to start the day in Austria, and had a safety car start. It returned to track late in the race before a four-lap dash to the flag.

Victor Martins stuck with Hadjar when racing first began, which was a rolling start after two safety car laps. The pair managed to shake off Ollie Bearman in third and pulled away from the rest of the field. Small mistakes for the top two kept them within touching distance but Hadjar managed to settle down and pull away.

Hadjar spent the rest of the race building his gap and was five seconds ahead when the safety car was summoned after Charouz Racing System team-mates Francesco Pizzi and Zdenek Chovanec came together for the second time in the race and Chovanec went into the gravel.

The field bunched up but Martins had Federico Malvestiti between himself and Hadjar. Malvestiti had spun and been stationary earlier on, falling a lap down as a result.

Malvestiti pulled into the pits on the safety car restart, but Hadjar had already broken away from Martins. Martins couldn’t close the gap and finished 3.2s back.

Behind them, Prema’s Bearman and Arthur Leclerc followed up their sprint race battle. Leclerc couldn’t find a way past and came under pressure from Kaylen Frederick on the restart. He managed to hold him off for fourth, but it was a disasterious end for Frederick. The Hitech GP driver made contact with Roman Stanek, dropping both back as Frederick suffered a rear-right puncture.

Zane Maloney came through for fifth ahead of Stanek and Franco Colapinto.

It had been a busy race for Maloney, who spent most of it defending from Caio Collet in the bottom half of the top 10. The pair ran side-by-side multiple times before Collet was finally able to get through. They were close behind Red Bull juniors Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford before the safety car restart when Collet made contact with the car ahead and both were sent spinning. Behind Colapinto, Alexander Smolyar climbed up to eighth ahead of William Alatalo and Ido Cohen.

Post-race, Stanek was given a five-second penalty for his Frederick clash, dropping him to 11th, and Pepe Marti was handed a three-place grid penalty for contact with Zak O’Sullivan.

Race result (25 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 40m34.535s
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix +3.251s
3 Ollie Bearman Prema +4.881s
4 Arthur Leclerc Prema +5.383s
5 Zane Maloney Trident +6.457s
6 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing +9.113s
7 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport +9.882s
8 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport +10.852s
9 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport +12.286s
10 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +12.706s
11 Roman Stanek Trident +8.067s
12 David Vidales Campos Racing +13.901s
13 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing +14.095s
14 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +14.738s
15 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing +15.442s
16 Nazim Azman Hitech GP +15.772s
17 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +16.765s
18 Enzo Trulli Carlin +19.446s
19 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System +21.368s
20 Brad Benavides Carlin +24.273s
21 Jonny Edgar Trident +50.679s
22 Jak Crawford Prema +1m00.379s
23 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP +1m13.566s
24 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System +1 lap
25 Kush Maini MP Motorsport +2 laps
26 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +2 laps
27 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +3 laps
Ret Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System
Ret Pepe Marti Campos Racing
WD Hunter Yeany Campos Racing
Fastest lap: Hadjar, 1m32.041s

Championship standings
1 Martins 98   2 Hadjar 97   3 Leclerc 91   4 Crawford 70   5 Stanek 67   6 Bearman 59   7 Colapinto 42   8 Collet 39   9 Smolyar 36   10 O’Sullivan 33