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Nannini fights through to first place to take F3 win at Hungaroring

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

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)

Pos Driver Team Gap
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
5 Dennis Hauger Prema +4.622s
6 David Schumacher Trident +5.607s
7 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing +7.013s
8 Clement Novalak Trident +8.900s
9 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System +11.815s
10 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +12.632s
11 Arthur Leclerc Prema +12.918s
12 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +13.706s
13 Jack Doohan Trident +17.611s
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
17 Jake Hughes Carlin +25.634s
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
26 Jonny Edgar Carlin +44.223s
27 Ido Cohen Carlin +1m19.932s
28 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab +1m25.608s
29 Olli Caldwell Prema +1 lap
DNS Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing
Fastest lap: Caldwell, 1m35.316s

Championship standings
1 Hauger 127   2 Caldwell 82   3 Doohan 74   4 Vesti 74   5 Martins 66   6 Smolyar 65   7 Novalak 60   8 Nannini 42   9 Collet 41   10 Iwasa 39