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Hauger extends FIA F3 lead with Zandvoort victory

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Dennis Hauger has one hand on the FIA Formula 3 title after his fourth win of the season at Zandvoort.

The poleman was untouchable throughout Sunday’s race.

He was under pressure from David Schumacher in the opening laps but had pulled out of DRS range before it could be activated. The gap would only extend from then on and grew to more than five seconds when Schumacher was wiped out of the race in the closing laps.

Schumacher had spent the race defending from Victor Martins. They were soon joined by Clement Novalak and by the end of the race Schumacher had a train of drivers behind him. Martins made many overtake attempts but none could bring him alongside Schumacher.

Three laps before the chequered flag, he dived down the inside of the Trident driver but locked up and made contact. Schumacher was sent into the barriers, while Novalak dived past them both to take second place and move into third in the standings.

A virtual safety car was called, ending only a few sectors before the finish, with Hauger some way ahead of Novalak.

Martins crossed the line in third, but was handed a 10s penalty that dropped him to 10th, promoting Alexander Smolyar into the final podium position and Jack Doohan to fourth.

Doohan had had a poor start and a wide moment dropped him further back. He managed to retake a handful of positions but then became stuck behind Smolyar as he joined the DRS train.

The result means Hauger extends his gap at the front of the championship by a further 13 points to 43 points, with only 65 available to score.

Caio Collet finished fifth, having initially fallen backwards at the start but making up positions in the closing stages.

Logan Sargeant finished sixth just ahead of Jak Crawford and Frederik Vesti. Arthur Leclerc was the final driver to earn a position from Martins’ penalty.

Race results (24 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Dennis Hauger Prema 35m47.901s
2 Clement Novalak Trident +5.387s
3 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +6.961s
4 Jack Doohan Trident +7.184s
5 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +8.705s
6 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System +12.016s
7 Jak Crawford Hitech GP +13.093s
8 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +14.007s
9 Arthur Leclerc Prema +14.643s
10 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +15.805s
11 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +21.738s
12 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing +22.896s
13 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +27.284s
14 Olli Caldwell Prema +27.331s
15 Jonny Edgar Carlin +28.350s
16 Ido Cohen Carlin +29.809s
17 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing +30.437s
18 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +36.957s
19 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport +39.730s
20 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport +39.876s
21 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +48.318s
22 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +48.500s
23 Hunter Yeany Charouz Racing System +49.085s
24 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System +50.627s
25 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing +52.757s
26 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab +53.010s
27 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab +58.074s
28 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab +1m25.810s
29 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport +1 lap
30 David Schumacher Trident +3 laps
Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m26.476s

Championship standings
Hauger 193   2 Doohan 150   3 Novalak 122   4 Martins 117   5 Vesti 117   6 Smolyar 107   7 Caldwell 93   8 Collet 87   9 Sargeant 75   10 Leclerc 67