Race penalties denied MP Motorsport driver Bent Viscaal his first Formula 3 victory whilst granting David Beckmann the top step on the podium.
The weekend’s wet weather continued as Race 2 in Hungary got underway with David Beckmann starting on pole. The damp conditions proved challenging as Sargeant and Hauger took advantage of other drivers poor starts, finding themselves launched into the podium positions.
The first lap passed without any serious incidents other than minor collisions between Das and Dunner as well as Viscaal colliding with Fraga and spinning him out of the race. The seemingly minor incident between Fraga and Viscaal would prove unbelievingly costly to Viscaal later in the race.
Despite a good start from the pole sitter David Beckmann, the German driver soon found himself under pressure from Hauger who managed to seize the lead of the race on the second lap.
On lap 8 Liam Lawson’s Hitech came to a halt on track due to engine issues. This incident prompted the Safety Car to be deployed. This is Lawson’s second retirement of the weekend after the New Zealand driver’s car caught fire in yesterday’s feature race.
Hauger performed well on the restart as did Viscaal who managed to overtake the PREMA of Logan Sargeant to move into P4. However, Viscaal’s move on Sargeant was immediately under review by the Stewards as it appeared that Viscaal had left the track and gained an advantage when overtaking the PREMA. Despite this, Viscaal continued his movement up the grid, overtaking the struggling Clement Novalak and moving up to P3. One lap later, Viscaal received a 5 second time penalty for his first lap incident with Igor Fraga.
Things continued to look bleak for Novalak who quickly found himself under attack by Sargeant, Piastri and Verschoor all of whom managed to overtake the struggling Carlin Buzz racer. A frustrated Novalak exclaimed over team radio that his car was suffering from a lack of traction and could therefore not compete with those around him.
By lap 13, Viscaal was on the charge, repeatedly setting new fastest laps in an attempt to create a five second gap, even managing to pass both Beckmann and Hauger to quickly take the lead. Further down the order, the PREMA pair of Piastri and Sargeant fought for P4 with Championship leader Piastri proving victorious.
Through an outstanding drive, Viscaal managed to establish a six second lead at the front of the pack whilst those behind him fought for position. Whilst Viscaal pulled away, Beckmann and Hauger barely avoided a collision as they fought for P2 with Beckmann managing to drive ahead of Haugher who also found himself passed by Piastri.
On lap 20 the Stewards awarded race leader Viscaal another 5 second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage during his attempt to pass Logan Sargeant in the early stages of the race. The heartbreak continued for Viscaal as the Safety Car was deployed in the closing stages of the race as Federico Malvestiti found himself off the track. A distraught Viscaal expressed his anger on team radio as the race drew to its conclusion behind the Safety Car.
With his time penalty applied Viscaal fell down the order to P17 with David Beckmann inheriting the race win. Championship leader Piastri finished in P2 with Hauger hanging on to P3. Piastri extends his lead at the top of the Championship to 26 points.The race proved successful for both Smolyar and Fittipaldi who clawed their way up the grid to finish in the points.
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Here are the results of the top 10;
1. D. Beckmann Trident
2. O. Piastri PREMA
3. D. Hauger Hitech
4. L. Sargeant PREMA
5. R. Verschoor MP Motorsport
6. T. Pourchaire ART Grand Prix
7. A. Smolyar ART Grand Prix
8. S. Fernandez ART Grand Prix
9. E. Fittipaldi HWA RACELAB
10. A. Peroni Campos Racing
Championship standings after Hungary:
1. O. Piastri 76
2. L. Sargeant 50
3. T. Pourchaire 48
4. D. Beckmann 47.5
5. R. Verschoor 45
6. F. Vesti 37.5
7. L. Zendelli 26
8. L. Lawson 25
9. A. Peroni 24
10. S. Fernandez 19