Home Formula 3FIA F3 Championship Prema pair Piastri and Sargeant inherit places through FIA F3 red flag rollback

Prema pair Piastri and Sargeant inherit places through FIA F3 red flag rollback

by Craig Woollard

Prema drivers Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant have benefitted after the result of the rain-shorted FIA Formula 3 race at the Styrian Grand Prix weekend was amended.

The red flag that brought a premature end to the first race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring and resulted with drivers taking half points was originally believed to have been brought out on lap 14.

The incident that halted the race, in which Campos’s Sebastian Fernandez aquaplaned off the circuit, occurred a lap prior, on lap 13, and the red flag was actually brought out just before the end of the lap.

The regulations state that the results should be taken from the end of the penultimate lap before the lap in which the red flag signal is displayed, which in this case was lap 11 rather than lap 12 as originally declared.

The amended result does not affect the top three finishers, with the third Prema driver Frederik Vesti the winner ahead of Trident duo Lirim Zendeli and David Beckmann.

As a result, Renault junior Piastri moves up to fourth at the expense of the third Trident driver Olli Caldwell, while Sargeant moves up to sixth ahead of MP Motorsport’s Richard Vershoor – who had just passed the American.

“We expected rain and it definitely came. It was not really much of a race, to be honest, we were just trying to stay on the track,” Piastri said.

“The last three laps I was struggling to stay on a straight line. P4 was not too bad and we didn’t lose much ground in terms of the standings with today being half points. I think we can leave the track in sort of a good mood and look forward to tomorrow’s race two.”

Sargeant started third but dropped through the order after a slow start, having reported a suspected clutch issue on the formation lap.

“It wasn’t a great race for us. I had a faulty start, nothing I could really do about that, and we will look into that later,” he said.

“In the end, I was just trying to keep it on the track, struggling with the balance as I didn’t have much confidence at all in the car. Then, the conditions just got too bad, and I couldn’t see anything, I was struggling even driving in a straight line. We should still be starting okay for tomorrow, and we can try to bounce back.”

As a result, Sargeant should start fifth in tomorrow’s race, with Piastri seventh and Vesti 10th.

The weather continues to batter the Red Bull Ring, with Saturday’s running set to be heavily disrupted and potentially causing cancellations of Sunday running as a result to prioritise Formula 1.


Amended race results (11 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Frederik Vesti Prema 19m29.657s
2 Lirim Zendeli Trident +0.626s
3 David Beckmann Trident +0.918s
4 Oscar Piastri Prema +1.698s
5 Olli Caldwell Trident +2.087s
6 Logan Sargeant Prema +2.551s
7 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +2.999s
8 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +3.406s
9 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +4.031s
10 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +4.436s
11 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +4.982s
12 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +5.676s
13 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +6.074s
14 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +6.366s
15 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +6.771s
16 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +7.260s
17 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +7.876s
18 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +8.631s
19 Enaam Ahmed Carlin +9.319s
20 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +9.783s
21 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +10.731s
22 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +11.186s
23 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +11.815s
24 Cameron Das Carlin +13.078s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorport +13.531s
26 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +13.834s
27 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +15.189s
28 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorport +15.687s
29 Clement Novalak Carlin +1 lap
Ret Cameron Das Carlin
Fastest lap: Vesti, 1m33.358s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 36   2 Vesti 34.5   3 Lawson 25   4 Zendeli 25  5 Sargeant 22   6 Beckmann 21.5   7 Verschoor 19   8 Peroni 17   9 Novalak 11   10 Smolyar 6