Home Formula 4British F4 Piastri win in Silverstone race three takes British F4 title fight down to finale

Piastri win in Silverstone race three takes British F4 title fight down to finale

by Ida Wood


Oscar Piastri kept the British Formula 4 title race alive to the last round by winning the final race at Silverstone ahead of series leader Jamie Caroline and some dramatic action behind.

From pole Piastri was untroubled, while fellow front row man Hampus Ericsson struggled and dropped to fourth.

Alex Quinn slotted into second, but the race one winner immediately came under pressure from Caroline, who would end up 3.751 seconds behind the winner.

Quinn occupied third place for less than two seconds as he was rear-ended by Ericsson on the run to Maggots. Ericcson?s car was launched up into the air during the collision, but thankfully he came away uninjured and just a bit sore.

This promoted race two winner Logan Sargeant to third, ahead of Jonathan Hoggard, Ayrton Simmons, the damaged Quinn and Patrik Pasma.

Hoggard, who has only competed in two rounds prior to Silverstone, immediately started to attack Sargeant around the outside of Brooklands.

The Fortec rookie pulled off the move on the sixth attempt, and Sargeant was shuffled back into a pack led by Pasma, who had made a double move on Simmons and Quinn two laps before.

Pasma lined up his move on Sargeant a lap later, but failed to notice an opportunistic Oliver York, who overtook them both with the help of a bit of bump drafting down the Wellington Straight.

Sargeant lost another place to Pasma, and when his Carlin team-mate boxed him in at Brooklands a lap later he fell to seventh behind Simmons.

York chased down Fortec team-mate Hoggard and?eventually pulled off a move, drifting round the outside of Hoggard at Brooklands to take third place.

During this time Pasma was handed a time penalty for abusing track limits, and when he made it to Hoggard he attempted an over-optimistic pass out of Becketts and span off.

This damaged Hoggard?s car, and it meant he dropped a position to Simmons. Simmons also had a time penalty, and when team-mate York retired with a suspected ECU problem, Hoggard was promoted back up to a well deserved third.

?I’ve had a lot of bad luck this season so for something to finally go my way is a really big confidence boost,? Hoggard explained after the race.

Sargeant finished fourth, with Linus Lundqvist completing the top five. Lundqvist had started last thanks to a qualifying crash, and his numerous overtakes at Copse meant he was well into the top ten before the incidents and penalties incurred.

Simmons finished sixth once his penalty was applied, ahead of Karl Massaad, Olli Caldwell, Sam Smelt and Manuel Sulaiman.

Race 3 Results (21 laps)
1 Oscar Piastri Arden 20m10.018s
2 Jamie Caroline Carlin +3.751s
3 Jonathan Hoggard Fortec +16.453s
4 Logan Sargeant Carlin +19.879s
5 Linus Lundqvist Double R +20.016s
6 Ayrton Simmons Arden +20.665s
7 Karl Massaad Double R +21.393s
8 Olli Caldwell Arden +21.584s
9 Sam Smelt GW Motorsport +22.193s
10 Manuel Sulaiman JHR Developments +26.745s
11 Luca Allen Falcon +26.798s
12 Jamie Sharp Sharp +31.546s
13 Harry Dyson JHR +33.962s
14 Lucas Alecco Roy Carlin +35.378s
Ret Oliver York Fortec
Ret Patrik Pasma Carlin
Ret Alex Quinn Arden
Ret Hampus Ericsson Fortec
Fastest Lap: Piastri, 57.163s

Championship Standings
1 Caroline 412 2 Piastri 344.5 3 Sargeant 326 4 Quinn 280 5 Lundqvist 259.5 6 Simmons 234.5 7 York 233.5 8 Pasma 147.5 9 Massaad 80 10 Harry Webb 68