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Sargeant takes maiden FIA F3 win and points lead at Silverstone

by Peter Allen

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Logan Sargeant led from lights to flag to claim his first FIA Formula 3 win and the championship lead in race one at the second Silverstone weekend.

On pole just as he was one week ago, Sargeant made a great start to keep the lead as did third-placed Jake Hughes, who secured second place at the expense of Liam Lawson at the Loop.

Prema driver Sargeant wouldn’t be troubled by Hughes, opening up a three-second lead at one stage and finishing up 1.5s clear.

After running wide at Becketts on lap one, Lawson had to concentrate on defending third place from Frederik Vesti mid-race but did catch back up to Hughes with four of the 20 laps remaining.

Hughes held on to clinch his and the HWA team’s best result of the season so far at his home circuit, while Lawson fended off further interest from Vesti at the end to finish third complete with the fastest lap.

As well as trying to attack Lawson, Vesti had to work hard to keep Theo Pourchaire behind him in the first half of the race, twice clinging on to fourth around the outside of Stowe. On the second occasion, his defence earned a black-and-white flag from race control, but also helped David Beckmann to slip past Pourchaire for fifth.

Beckmann couldn’t keep up with Vesti thereafter but did maintain fifth. Pourchaire let Bent Viscaal past for sixth when he ran deep at Brooklands with five laps left but retook the position before the end, with Oscar Piastri also taking his chance to get by Viscaal.

Erstwhile championship leader Piastri started from 11th on the grid after the technical issues he suffered during qualifying, and reported more trouble to his team on his way to the grid, but was seemingly unaffected in the race on his way to seventh place.

Clement Novalak kept up his strong race form to finish ninth for Carlin ahead of Lirim Zendeli, who will start race two on reversed-grid pole position.

Behind that, a battle over 13th place between Matteo Nannini and Sebastian Fernandez ended with both cars in the Stowe gravel trap one lap from the end.


Race results (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Logan Sargeant Prema 36m14.262s
2 Jake Hughes HWA +1.552s
3 Liam Lawson Hitech +2.025s
4 Frederik Vesti Prema +2.339s
5 David Beckmann Trident +4.870s
6 Theo Pourchaire ART +9.370s
7 Oscar Piastri Prema +10.087s
8 Bent Viscaal MP +10.705s
9 Clement Novalak Carlin +11.082s
10 Lirim Zendeli Trident +11.535s
11 Ben Barnicoat Carlin +12.072s
12 Cameron Das Carlin +14.284s
13 Alexander Smolyar ART +17.215s
14 Alex Peroni Campos +17.715s
15 David Schumacher Charouz +20.475s
16 Max Fewtrell Hitech +21.368s
17 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA +22.278s
18 Igor Fraga Charouz +22.971s
19 Richard Verschoor MP +23.441s
20 Sophia Floersch Campos +24.078s
21 Olli Caldwell Trident +24.369s
22 Roman Stanek Charouz +25.014s
23 Lukas Dunner MP +31.254s
24 Sebastian Fernandez ART +33.229s
25 Alessio Deledda Campos +39.766s
26 Jack Doohan HWA +1m32.548s
Matteo Nannini Jenzer
Calan Williams Jenzer
Federico Malvestiti Jenzer
Dennis Hauger Hitech
Fastest lap: Lawson, 1m47.66s

Championship standings:
1 Piastri 100   2 Sargeant 106   3 Beckmann 74.5   4 Lawson 71   5 Vesti 67.5   6 Pourchaire 59   7 Verschoor 47   8 Peroni 42   9 Novalak 33   10 Hughes 31.5