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Theo Pourchaire inherits first FIA F3 victory after Lawson and Hughes collide

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Theo Pourchaire won the second FIA Formula 3 race of the Styrian Grand Prix weekend after race leaders Liam Lawson and Jake Hughes collided three laps before the chequered flag.

Lawson and Hughes spent the entire race squabbling for position after Lawson took the lead with a stunning move to pass Hughes and Pourchaire simultaneously.

They swapped places multiple times but it was Lawson who held it on lap 21 of 24, when Hughes tried to make a move around the outside of Turn 4.

Up on the inside kerb, Lawson slid towards his rival, the two made contact and Hughes was sent spinning through the gravel with a damaged suspension.

Hughes rejoined the track sideways, but the rest of the field were able to avoid his HWA Racelab-run car. Lawson made it one more corner before running off into the gravel and out of the race.

The incident brought out the safety car and racing did not resume.

Pourchaire was handed the victory which makes the 16-year-old the youngest ever winner in FIA F3 or its predecessor GP3, beating record of Mitch Evans from 2011 by just four days.

He finished ahead of Logan Sargeant, who had spent most of the race trying to find a way past the ART driver and onto the podium.

David Beckmann won a race-long battle with Richard Verschoor to take the final podium position.

Action was paused midway through the race when Sophia Floersch and Alexander Smolyar made contact in a battle outside the top 20. Smolyar tapped the rear of Floersch’s car, sending her into the polystyrene advertising boards and out of the race, which brought out the safety car.

On the restart, Frederic Vesti was able to go side by side with Oscar Piastri in what was the battle for eighth. Piastri managed to hold onto the position as Max Fewtrell forced Vesti to turn from attack to defence.

He passed Olli Caldwell in the closing stages of the race to take fifth, while Fewtrell passed Vesti to move up to P7.

Sebastian Fernandez and Lirim Zendeli completed the top 10.


Race results (24 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 38m25.185s
2 Logan Sargeant Prema +0.464s
3 David Beckmann Trident +0.674s
4 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +1.102s
5 Oscar Piastri Prema +1.805s
6 Olli Caldwell Trident +1.876s
7 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +2.197s
8 Frederik Vesti Prema +2.594s
9 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +3.017s
10 Lirim Zendeli Trident +3.324s
11 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +3.662s
12 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +3.968s
13 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +4.263s
14 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +4.540s
15 Enaam Ahmed Carlin +5.398s
16 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +5.786s
17 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +6.412s
18 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +6.592s
19 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +8.379s
20 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +8.588s
21 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +8.9s
22 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +9.7s
23 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +10.0s
24 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +11.3s
25 Clement Novalak Carlin +1 lap
Ret Liam Lawson Hitech GP
Ret Jake Hughes HWA Racelab
Ret Cameron Das Carlin
Ret Sophia Floersch Campos Racing
Ret Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport
Fastest lap: Piastri, 1m20.968s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 44   2 Vesti 37.5   3 Sargeant 34   4 Beckmann 31.5   5 Verschoor 27   6 Zendeli 26   7 Lawson 25   8 Peroni 17   9 Pourchaire 16   10 Novalak 11