New Zealand driver Liam Lawson takes victory in Silverstone as dramatic Olli Caldwell crash leads to race finishing under safety car conditions.
Yesterday’s scorching weather was replaced by much milder conditions as the first Formula 3 race of the weekend got underway. PREMA driver Logan Sargeant found himself on pole after a tense qualifying battle with Hitech driver Liam Lawson.
Both Sargeant and Lawson made brilliant starts as Piastri (who started the race from third), quickly found himself under attack from Max Fewtrell. However, Fewtrell’s challenge was short lived as the British driver left the track and soon found himself toppling down the order. Heartbreak also occurred for Sophia Floersch and Matteo Nannini as both drivers found themselves spun round in separate incidents that largely ruined their race prospects.
Meanwhile, at the front of the grid, Lawson managed to overtake the pole sitter Sargeant at Stowe but failed to create a significant gap to the PREMA’s in pursuit. On lap 6, Piastri managed to overtake his teammate Sargeant to secure second place and began to challenge Lawson who found himself struggling for pace around the circuit.
Despite this, the other PREMA of Frederik Vesti came under pressure from HWA RACELAB driver Jake Hughes who managed to pass the PREMA and secure P4. Vesti’s teammates Piastri and Sargeant meanwhile challenged Lawson for the lead of the race. The race leaders put on an impressive display of wheel to wheel racing around the Silverstone circuit with all three drivers fighting aggressively for the lead.
Final stages of the race:
Lawson managed to hold onto P1 despite the pressure and soon after the safety car was deployed. The deployment of the safety car occurred due to a lap 12 incident involving Viscaal and Doohan. Viscaal, who had been racing closely with Barnicoat, lost control of his car and collided with Doohan who unfortunately found himself collateral damage.
The safety car ended during lap 15 with all drivers making a clear getaway. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be long before the safety car returned. Trident driver Olli Caldwell spun on track, finding himself in the path of oncoming traffic with Lukas Dunner being unable to avoid the horizontal Trident. The back end of Caldwell’s car was entirely torn off as a result of the incident with both the safety car and medical car being deployed.
Luckily Caldwell escaped the potentially horrific incident with no visible injuries. However, because of the incident, the race ended behind the safety car handing victory to Lawson. Piastri and Sargeant were unable to launch an attack on Lawson in the final laps due to the safety car deployment and were forced to settle for P2 and P3.
Alex Smolyar finished in P10 behind Beckmann and Novalak, therefore Smolyar will start tomorrow’s race on reverse grid pole.
Results of the top 10:
1. L. Lawson Hitech Grand Prix
2. O. Piastri PREMA
3. L. Sargeant PREMA
4. J. Hughes HWA RACELAB
5. F. Vesti PREMA
6. A. Peroni Campos Racing
7. S. Fernandez ART Grand Prix
8. C. Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing
9. D. Beckmann Trident
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