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Hughes wins FIA F3 race two at Monza as title contenders retire

by Bethonie Waring

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Jake Hughes won a chaotic second FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Monza after Prema’s lead title contenders both retired.

Oscar Piastri entered the race at the top of the points and was leading the fight for fourth when he and Carlin’s Clement Novalak collided.

Piastri was sent into a spin, sending the string of drivers running behind him wide in avoidance. David Schumacher and Mikhael Belov were both caught up in the incident, and both Piastri and Schumacher were forced to retire.

The incident swung the title fight in favour of Piastri’s Prema team-mate Logan Sargeant, who was climbing through the order after starting from the back of the grid. He was promoted to fifth by the incident, but then lost a spot to ART’s Theo Pourchaire.

Sargeant spent the second half of the race in a battle with team-mate Frederick Vesti. The pair ran side-by-side and swapped positions multiple times before Vesti’s front wing clipped Sargeant’s tyre, which caused a puncture for Sargeant and retirement for both.

At the front of the order, Lirim Zendelli had made a good start to dive past reversed grid poleman Belov and Enzo Fittipaldi and snatch the lead into the first corner. He spent the opening laps with Fittipaldi on his tail and the pair swapped places a handful of times before they made contact in a similar fashion to which Vesti and Sargeant would a few laps later.

Zendalli didn’t suffer much damage but a puncture for Fittipaldi dropped him down the order and out of the points.

Liam Lawson snatched the race lead from Zendelli as the Trident driver fell backwards, but wouldn’t hold it for long before HWA’s Hughes swept through.

Once ahead, Hughes did a good job of extending his lead, eventually finishing a comfortable 1.8s ahead of Lawson.

Pourchaire took third ahead of team-mate Alexander Smolyar and Zendeli. Alex Peroni (Campos) was sixth, while Hitech’s Pierre-Louie Chovet finished seventh in his fourth FIA F3 race.


Race results (22 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 37m52.033s
2 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +1.841s
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +4.252s
4 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +4.661s
5 Lirim Zendeli Trident +5.400s
6 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +8.459s
7 Pierre-Louis Chovet Hitech GP +8.660s
8 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +12.123s
9 Olli Caldwell Trident +13.783s
10 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +15.117s
11 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +15.856s
12 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +16.347s
13 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +23.261s
14 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System +23.660s
15 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +24.101s
16 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +25.176s
17 Cameron Das Carlin +32.409s
18 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +1m18.518s
19 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +1m22.626s
20 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +1m25.853s
21 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
22 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +1 lap
23 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +1 lap
Ret Frederik Vesti Prema
Ret Logan Sargeant Prema
Ret Clement Novalak Carlin
Ret David Schumacher Carlin
Ret Oscar Piastri Prema
Ret David Beckmann Trident
Ret Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Novalak, 1m40.081s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 160   2 Sargeant 152   3 Lawson 135   4 Pourchaire 134   5 Beckmann 123.5   6 Vesti 117.5   7 Hughes 88.5   8 Zendeli 84   9 Peroni 63   10 Verchoor 63