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Iwasa inherits maiden FIA F3 win after Colombo penalty

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Campos Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo has lost his maiden FIA Formula 3 win after a penalty for a safety car infringement, handing Hungaroring race one victory to Hitech GP’s Ayumu Iwasa.

Colombo took victory on the road in the first race of the weekend after passing an ailing Jonny Edgar early on and held off the Red Bull junior to the flag in the 22-lap race.

That included resisting Iwasa on a safety car restart for ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti being stuck in third gear and coming to a halt on a run-off at Turn 1.

However, Colombo was deemed to have been more than 10 car lengths behind the safety car before the lights went out, which is an infringement of the regulations.

Colombo was asked about the matter in the post-race press conference, before the stewards hearing was held.

He said: “First of all, I thought when the safety car switched off the lights, I said that was my time to create some gap from the safety car and let it go in order to not create any mess around and in order to not be too close when I wanted to restart.

“I still need to see what happened there with the team because I got no communication from my team at least. But we can see what happened there, but talking about the race I didn’t think I damaged anyone, so I didn’t make any mess, so I don’t know what to say about this.

“I need to see with the stewards, maybe also learning for the future what to do. Maybe I could have done it in a nicer way, yes, of course, and then we will see.”

Colombo dropped to seventh in the order and will thus start the second race of the day from sixth on the grid.

French Formula 4 champion Iwasa inherits his first FIA F3 win, and Hitech’s first victory of the season, ahead of Prema Racing’s Olli Caldwell, while Charouz Racing System finally clinches its first podium with Logan Sargeant after losing one in Austria.

Also penalised is Iwasa’s Hitech team-mate, Jak Crawford, after a race-ending collision with Carlin’s Ido Cohen, for which he was deemed to be wholly at fault.

He picked up a five-place grid penalty for the second race and will start at the back. He also picked up three penalty points.

Colombo picked up two penalty points for his infringement.