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Hughes passes Sargeant for Barcelona FIA F3 race one win

by Peter Allen

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Jake Hughes passed FIA Formula 3 Championship leader Logan Sargeant to win race one at Barcelona for the HWA team.

It is a long-awaited first victory in the opening race of a weekend at this level for Hughes, who claimed pole position on his GP3 debut at the same circuit in 2016 but lost out to Charles Leclerc in the race.

Having taken his third straight pole position in qualifying, Sargeant led a train of cars down to Turn 1 at the start, before an off for Bent Viscaal at Turn 5 triggered a safety car.

Hughes made his move on Sargeant at the start of lap seven of 22, going around the outside of Turn 1 and sealing the place on the inside of Turn 2.

He immediately pulled over one second clear to get out of DRS range, but his efforts were quickly nullified by another safety car on lap nine when Frederik Vesti slowed and stopped on track in his Prema car out of a relatively lowly 14th place.

Hughes again made a break at the restart, setting the fastest lap in the process and finishing up 2.388 seconds clear.

Unable to keep up with Hughes, Sargeant instead had to try and fend off Liam Lawson, who took two tentative looks to the inside of Turn 1 before replicating the move Hughes made by going around the outside with less than three laps to go.

Third place was still a good result for Sargeant’s championship hopes after a challenging race for his rival and team-mate Oscar Piastri.

Piastri started fourth but Clement Novalak forced his way past on the exit of Turn 2 on the opening lap, before Piastri retook the place at Turn 10 after the first restart.

He lost ground again on the second restart however, riding the raised kerb exiting the chicane at the end of the lap and running wide. Both Novalak and David Beckmann slipped past to demote Piastri to sixth, with the stewards satisfied with their moves even though they came before the start-finish line.

Theo Pourchaire, Alex Peroni and Richard Verschoor all gained one place after a slow getaway for fifth-placed starter Sebastian Fernandez – who ended up 15th after a scrappy race.

Matteo Nannini battled with Fernandez in the early stages and ended up scoring his and Jenzer Motorsport’s first points of the season in 10th, securing reversed-grid pole position for race two in the process.


Race results (22 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 38m53.146s
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +2.388s
3 Logan Sargeant Prema +3.948s
4 Clement Novalak Carlin +8.953s
5 David Beckmann Trident +9.826s
6 Oscar Piastri Prema +10.222s
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +10.751s
8 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +12.172s
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +12.351s
10 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +12.573s
11 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +14.832s
12 Lirim Zendeli Trident +15.266s
13 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +15.665s
14 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +16.445s
15 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +17.282s
16 Leonardo Pulcini Carlin +17.892s
17 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +18.925s
18 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +20.166s
19 Cameron Das Carlin +21.563s
20 Olli Caldwell Trident +22.489s
21 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +23.105s
22 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +24.159s
23 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +24.496s
24 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +25.776s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +26.262s
26 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +32.203s
27 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +33.174s
28 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +33.711s
Ret Frederik Vesti Prema
Ret Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Hughes, 1m35.862s

Championship standings
1 Sargeant 125   2 Piastri 113   3 Lawson 95   4 Beckmann 92.5   5 Pourchaire 75   6 Vesti 70.5   7 Hughes 62.5   8 Verschoor 49   9 Peroni 46   10 Novalak 45