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Piastri uses great start to win FIA F3 race two at Barcelona

by Craig Woollard

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)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Oscar Piastri Prema 39m52.928s
2 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +1.176s
3 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +2.028s
4 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +2.568s
5 Logan Sargeant Prema +3.002s
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +3.910s
7 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +4.823s
8 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +5.365s
9 David Beckmann Trident +5.878s
10 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +6.613s
11 Clement Novalak Carlin +7.216s
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
16 Lirim Zendeli Trident +13.630s
17 Cameron Das Carlin +14.411s
18 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +15.127s
19 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +15.677s
20 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +16.109s
21 Frederik Vesti Prema +18.950s
22 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +20.839s
23 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +23.092s
24 Leonardo Pulcini Carlin +33.108s
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
Ret Olli Caldwell Trident
Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m35.706s

Championship standings
1 Sargeant 131   2 Piastri 130   3 Lawson 99   4 Beckmann 94.5   5 Pourchaire 80   6 Vesti 70.5   7 Hughes 63.5   8 Verschoor 57   9 Peroni 58   10 Novalak 45