Prema’s Oscar Piastri won Sunday’s FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Barcelona, with his victory built on a stunning first lap.
Piastri started fifth, and a good launch vaulted him up into third by the first turn. It took a further three corners for him to claim the lead.
Shortly afterwards, the safety car was called for a collision between Hitech GP’s Max Fewtrell and Trident’s Olli Caldwell at Turn 2, while there was also contact between Carlin’s returnee Leonardo Pulcini and Hitech’s Dennis Hauger.
Jenzer Motorsport’s Matteo Nannini – who started on pole – was second at this point but unable to challenge Piastri. He was, instead, looking in his mirrors at Campos Racing’s Alex Peroni.
On lap 11 of 22, Peroni worked his way past Nannini but had a 2.7-second gap to Piastri.
A second, albeit short, safety car was called for Jenzer’s Federico Malvestiti, who was beached at Turn 5.
When the race was resumed, Piastri was able to break out of DRS range quickly once again to take his second victory of the season. Peroni finished second, and Nannini took his first podium in third.
Overtaking proved challenging even with DRS, and MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor – who also started on the front row – slipped back to fourth.
Prema’s Logan Sargeant was able to improve to fifth from eighth after a strong opening lap, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire, Hitech’s Liam Lawson, HWA Racelab’s Enzo Fittipaldi, Trident’s David Beckmann and Saturday race winner Jake Hughes.
After making eight places in the first few laps from 29th on the grid, the third Prema car of Frederik Vesti could only hold position and finish 21st, while Jenzer’s Calan Williams gained 11 places to finish 14th.
Race results (22 laps)
|2||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing||+1.176s|
|3||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport||+2.028s|
|4||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+2.568s|
|6||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||+3.910s|
|7||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+4.823s|
|8||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||+5.365s|
|10||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||+6.613s|
|12||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||+7.752s|
|13||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix||+11.107s|
|14||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||+12.368s|
|15||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||+13.139s|
|18||Igor Fraga||Charouz Racing System||+15.127s|
|19||Roman Stanek||Charouz Racing System||+15.677s|
|20||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||+16.109s|
|22||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||+20.839s|
|23||Sophia Floersch||Campos Racing||+23.092s|
|25||David Schumacher||Charouz Racing System||+1m24.905s|
|26||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||+3 laps|
|Ret||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport|
|Ret||Alessio Deledda||Campos Racing|
|Ret||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP|
|Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m35.706s