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Trident clinches maiden FIA F3 title with Doohan win in Sochi decider

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Trident secured the FIA Formula 3 teams’ championship at Sochi as Jack Doohan won to secure the runner-up spot in the drivers’ championship.

Doohan held the lead at the start ahead of Novalak and the pair were split by less than a second throughout the first half of the race.

But as the race entered its second half, ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti entered the fray and started to apply pressure.

Trident pleaded with its drivers to not battle and then to allow Novalak, the quicker driver at the time, to get by. They continued to battle, and Novalak’s pace then dropped off.

Doohan was able to break away in the closing stages, as Vesti got by Novalak to deny the team a 1-2, but it could still prevent Prema Racing a third successive teams’ championship.

It was a difficult afternoon for the reigning champions, as newly-crowned drivers’ champion Dennis Hauger was spun round by HWA Racelab’s Oliver Rasmussen while they were scrapping over the minor points places with Juan Manuel Correa and Victor Martins. He did take the fastest lap points away from Novalak, however.

The best run for one of its drivers was by Arthur Leclerc, who put in another charge to finish seventh. Olli Caldwell finished 10th after capitalising on the mistakes from other drivers.

Behind Novalak, Charouz Racing System’s Logan Sargeant took fourth place ahead of Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard took sixth ahead of Leclerc, with MP Motorsport’s Martins in eighth.

Hitech’s Ayumu Iwasa climbed up from 18th on the grid to finish in ninth ahead of Caldwell.

ART’s Correa struggled for pace and finished outside of the points in 11th to conclude his first season back after injury ahead of Jenzer’s Calan Williams and Carlin duo Kaylen Frederick and Jonny Edgar – the latter starting in last place.

It was a tough race for home driver Alexander Smolyar, as he was launched into the air by MP’s Caio Collet at the start, effectively ending both of their races prematurely.

Several other drivers hit issues, including HWA’s Rafael Villagomez, Carlin’s Ido Cohen, Hitech’s Roman Stanek and Campos Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo – the latter starting in the top 10 but also dropping down the order late on.

Race results (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jack Doohan Trident 39m00.001s
2 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix +3.111s
3 Clement Novalak Trident +3.758s
4 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System +7.445s
5 Jak Crawford Hitech GP +9.695s
6 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport +10.368s
7 Arthur Leclerc Prema +15.281s
8 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +18.860s
9 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +23.641s
10 Olli Caldwell Prema +25.738s
11 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +26.855s
12 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport +27.370s
13 Kaylen Frederick Carlin +36.227s
14 Jonny Edgar Carlin +36.227s
15 David Schumacher Trident +36.732s
16 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing +37.583s
17 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab +38.944s
18 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport +43.183s
19 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport +52.999s
20 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System +58.271s
21 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System +58.635s
22 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing +1m02.788s
23 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix +1m38.800s
24 Dennis Hauger Prema +2 laps
25 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab +2 laps
Ret Roman Stanek Hitech GP
Ret Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing
Ret Ido Cohen Carlin
Ret Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab
Ret Caio Collet MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m55.855s

Championship standings
Hauger 205   2 Doohan 179   3 Novalak 147   4 Vesti 138   5 Martins 131   6 Smolyar 107   7 Sargeant 102   8 Caldwell 93   9 Collet 93   10 Leclerc 77