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Vidales wins his and Campos’s home F3 race

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Campos Racing’s David Vidales resisted attacks from Juan Manuel Correa and Jak Crawford to claim victory in FIA Formula 3’s Barcelona sprint race.

Reversed-grid pole-sitter Vidales fended off ART Grand Prix’s Correa, who had made a good start, to lead the field into the first corner of the race. While the top five held their starting positions, MP Motorsport’s Alexander Smolyar moved up to sixth from ninth on the grid, going side-by-side with Prema’s Ollie Bearman for half a lap in the process.

On lap five, Prema’s Crawford passed Correa for second at the end of the pit straight and went on to chase Vidales.

Two of the contenders soon dissapeared, as ART GP’s Victor Martins slowed at the exit of turn three on lap seven and went to the pits to retire with mechanical problems, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto was forced out after losing his engine cover.

By the halfway point of the 20-lap race, Crawford has closed the 1.5-second gap Vidales had built early on, and the pair battled for first place. Vidales defended the inside going into turn one and Crawford ended up taking the Tarmac run-off, jumping over the yellow kerbing and dropping back to 1.5s behind again.

The gap didn’t decrease again thereafter, and Vidales claimed his maiden FIA F3 win. However his incident with Crawford is currently under investigation,

Correa ran in third, but with three laps to go he was passed by MP’s Caio Collet. Smolyar also tried to take advantage from Correa’s struggles, but in a similar incident to that between the top two he took to the turn one run-off and ended up finishing sixth behind Prema’s Arthur Leclerc and Correa.

VAR’s Reece Ushijima, who started 16th, completed a strong race by taking the chequered flag in ninth. Conversely, Bearman finished 12th after enduring a tricky time on track.

Race result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 David Vidales Campos Racing 32m38.784s
2 Jak Crawford Prema +1.268s
3 Caio Collet MP Motorsport +6.482s
4 Arthur Leclerc Prema +9.081s
5 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix +10.326s
6 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport +11.239s
7 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP +11.839s
8 Roman Stanek Trident +12.370s
9 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing +15.274s
10 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +16.057s
11 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +16.908s
12 Ollie Bearman Prema +17.427s
13 Pepe Marti Campos Racing +18.137s
14 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing +19.983s
15 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport +23.465s
16 Oliver Rasmussen Trident +24.284s
17 Kush Maini MP Motorsport +24.858s
18 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +25.438s
19 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +29.713s
20 Lirim Zendeli Charouz Racing System +32.164s
21 Zane Maloney Trident +35.784s
22 Enzo Trulli Carlin +36.292s
23 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport +39.535s
24 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System +39.941s
25 Brad Benavides Carlin +41.105s
26 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System +42.196s
27 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing +1m08.603s
Ret Nazim Azman Hitech GP
Ret Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Victor Martins ART Grand Prix
Fastest lap: Crawford, 1m36.788s

Championship standings
1 Leclerc 43   2 Crawford 42   3 Stanek 38   4 Martins 34   5 Hadjar 32   6 Bearman 29   7 Colapinto 22   8 Correa 20   9 Vidales 19   10 Saucy 15