Matteo Nannini claimed a controlling FIA Formula 3 Championship win in race two at the Hungaroring, after very aggressive early laps.
The Italo-Argentinian driver had a great start from third on the grid, and was already attempting to take the lead around the outside at turn one.
Nannini was able to pass Hitech GP’s Roman Stanek there, but had to wait a bit more to make a move on Charouz’s Enzo Fittipaldi.
It was on lap four when Nannini finally passed Fittipaldi, after several laps of putting on the pressure, and after that no one could stop him.
He quickly opened a gap of over a second on Fittipaldi, and stretched it to 2.5s by the end for his first win while Fittipaldi claimed his first podium in second place.
There was more battling for the last podium place, as Stanek had defend from ART Grand Prix’s Alex Smolyar in the last laps to secure third.
Championship leader Dennis Hauger made two late moves, first on Jack Doohan and then on David Schumacher, to claim fifth place and extend his points advantage.
Schumacher already seemed to be suffering with the tyres with half of the race to go, but he was back on the pace after passing his Trident team-mate Jack Doohan, and crossed the line in sixth.
The Australian though kept dropping positions due to significant tyre wear and ended up in 13th.
Campos Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo scored another seventh position after being demoted to the position from first place in race one, followed by Trident’s Clement Novalak.
Logan Sargent came ninth, and Ayumu Iwasa – who inherited victory from Colombo in the morning – was 10th.
Prema’s Ollie Caldwell couldn’t building on his race one podium. The British driver, who hadn’t had a smooth start, made contact with HWA’s Oliver Rasmussen on lap two. Both drivers pitted, and Caldwell took fastest lap but was a lap down.
After starting from the back of the grid, ART GP’s Frederik Vesti was able to climb 12 places to finish 16th.
Race results (22 laps)
|1||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||35m25.725s|
|2||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||+2.519s|
|3||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||+3.836s|
|4||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||+4.348s|
|7||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||+7.013s|
|9||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||+11.815s|
|10||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||+12.632s|
|12||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||+13.706s|
|14||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||+18.039s|
|15||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||+20.230s|
|16||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||+22.849s|
|18||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||+28.351s|
|19||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||+30.084s|
|20||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||+32.100s|
|21||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||+33.308s|
|22||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||+35.037s|
|23||Laszlo Toth||Campos Racing||+35.451s|
|24||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||+35.654s|
|25||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||+37.374s|
|28||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||+1m25.608s|
|29||Olli Caldwell||Prema||+1 lap|
|DNS||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing|
|Fastest lap: Caldwell, 1m35.316s