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Juri Vips wins FIA F3 finale, Marcus Armstrong grabs second in standings

by Kyran Gibbons

Photo: FIA F3 Championship

Red Bull junior Juri Vips claimed victory from reversed grid pole in the final race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship season in Sochi.

Ferrari’s protege Marcus Armstrong vaulted above his Prema team-mate Jehan Daruvala to snatch second in the standings, finishing the race in second place while Daruvala ended up 15th after stalling from fourth on the grid.

Hitech GP’s Vips immediately defended from HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes on the long run to Turn 2, holding onto the lead which he was able to control throughout the 20-lap race.

Vips built a comfortable advantage early after Hughes tangled with Hitech’s Leonardo Pulcini while battling for second place. Pulcini danced around the outside of Hughes at Turn 4, brushing his sidepod on the run to Turn 5. Hughes then tagged Pulcini at the next apex, spinning the Italian.

Through the tussle, Armstrong and Pedro Piquet squeezed passed Hughes but Vips had amassed a three second lead.

Armstrong closed the gap in the final quarter of the race, with Vips’ end victory margin being 2.1s, and gained two extra points with fastest lap. This was what put Armstrong ahead of Daruvala in the standings.

Daruvala started from pitlane after his formation lap. His battle back to 11th on-track included skipping the Turn 2 chicane and incorrectly navigating the bollards for a five-second time penalty, dropping him to 15th.

His champion team-mate Robert Shwartzman completed the podium in third, inherited after Trident’s Pedro Piquet suffered a mechanical problem in the final laps of the race.

Hughes ended up fourth ahead of Piquet’s team-mate Niko Kari, who had a comparatively quiet drive to fifth.

It was all action behind in the closing stages, as Hitech’s Yifei Ye rose to take his first points in sixth.

MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor and Jenzer Motorsport’s Yuki Tsunoda had diced over the position, exchanging lunges at Turn 2 before both slipped back. Tsunoda dived into the pits on the penultimate lap, dropping out of contention, while Verschoor was seventh.

The Dutchman’s team-mate Liam Lawson surged from 12th to eighth in the final three laps of the race, dumping Christian Lundgaard out of the points on the final lap and dropping him into a wheel to wheel tussle with his ART Grand Prix team-mate Max Fewtrell.

Lundgaard ended up ninth, while Fewtrell was pipped to 10th by Carlin’s Logan Sargeant.


Race results (20 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Juri Vips Hitech GP 38m55.595s
2 Marcus Armstrong Prema +2.159s
3 Robert Shwartzman Prema +9.596s
4 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +10.290s
5 Niko Kari Trident +15.259s
6 Yifei Ye Hitech GP +24.090s
7 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +24.901s
8 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport +28.414s
9 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +32.766s
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin +33.237s
11 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix +34.111s
12 Devlin DeFrancesco Trident +34.475s
13 Raoul Hyman Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +34.829s
14 Bent Viscaal HWA Racelab +35.604s
15 Jehan Daruvala Prema +37.091s
16 Felipe Drugovich Carlin +38.358s
17 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP +40.358s
18 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport +46.161s
19 Teppei Natori Carlin +47.022s
20 David Schumacher Campos Racing +54.463s
21 Charles Leong Jenzer Motorsport +1m05.369s
22 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +1m28.601s
23 Keyvan Andres HWA Racelab +1m59.450s
24 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing +1 lap
25 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Pedro Piquet Trident
Ret Fabio Scherer Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
Ret Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Armstrong, 1m55.860s

Championship standings
1 Shwartzman 212? ?2 Armstrong 158? ?3 Daruvala 157? ?4 Vips 141? ?5 Piquet 98? ?6 Lundgaard 97? ?7 Hughes 90? ?8 Pulcini 68? ?9 Tsunoda 67? ?10 Fewtrell 57