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Hauger wins from 12th in thrilling FIA F3 Red Bull Ring opener

by Formula Scout

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FIA Formula 3 Championship leader Dennis Hauger came from 12th on the reversed grid to win an incredible opening race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

Matteo Nannini grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Logan Sargeant at the start while Clement Novalak charged from seventh up to third on the first lap, and after a brief virtual safety car period, the top three traded positions for lap after lap, none of them able to make a decisive break.

Hauger meanwhile made gradual progress through the order, and infiltrated the top three when he passed Sargeant on lap 18 of 24.

He was closing on the top two on lap 21, when Nannini tried to go around the outside of Novalak at Turn 4. Not enough room was left and the two cars made contact, sending both cars into the gravel.

Hauger inherited the lead and took victory by 0.46 seconds over Olli Caldwell in a one-two finish for Prema.

Having faded to fifth, the collision between Novalak and Nannini promoted Sargeant back onto the podium for Charouz Racing System.

Starting third, Hauger’s closest championship rival Victor Martins missed an opportunity to make up ground, losing many places early on. The MP Motorsport driver ultimately finished fourth after getting the better of Jak Crawford, Caio Collet and Jack Doohan.

While Novalak retired, Nannini managed to get his car home in eighth place in front of Ayumu Iwasa and Alexander Smolyar,, while Enzo Fittipaldi and Jonny Edgar rounded out the top 12 – putting Edgar onto reversed-grid pole position for race two.

Edgar just held off Frederik Vesti, who made a very slow getaway from alongside Hauger on the sixth row of the grid.

Arthur Leclerc was also in strife, with a Drag Reduction System failure forcing him to go deep at Turn 4 before he retired.

Race results (24 laps)
Pos Name Team Gap
1 Dennis Hauger Prema 33m39.140s
2 Olli Caldwell Prema +0.460s
3 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System +3.092s
4 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +4.061s
5 Jak Crawford Hitech GP +4.743s
6 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +5.248s
7 Jack Doohan Trident +6.506s
8 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab +7.250s
9 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +7.593s
10 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +8.014s
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System +8.677s
12 Jonny Edgar Carlin +9.172s
13 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +9.285s
14 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +10.359s
15 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +10.678s
16 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +11.096s
17 David Schumacher Trident +11.688s
18 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport +12.135s
19 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +14.996s
20 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport +20.148s
21 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing +20.605s
22 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing +21.418s
23 Reshad de Gerus Charouz Racing System +21.850s
24 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab +22.327s
25 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport +28.578s
26 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing +1m06.745s
27 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab +1m12.841s
Ret Clement Novalak Carlin
Ret Arthur Leclerc Prema
Ret Ido Cohen Carlin
Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m21.757s

Championship standings
1 Hauger 87   Martins 68   3 Doohan 62   4 Caldwell 53   5 Novalak 49   6 Smolyar 41   7 Collet 40   8 Vesti 33   9 Sargeant 28   10 Nannini 19