Logan Sargeant has overtaken his teammate Oscar Piastri to lead the Formula 3 Championship standings after a dominant victory at the Silverstone circuit.
Saturday morning at Silverstone provided cooler conditions for the first Formula 3 race of the weekend to get underway. PREMA’s Logan Sargeant started on pole ahead of Hitech’s Liam Lawson and HWA’s Jake Hughes. Championship leader Oscar Piastri found himself starting down in P11 after being forced to retire early from Qualifying with mechanical difficulties.
As the lights went out, pole sitter Sargeant made a brilliant start whilst Lawson immediately found himself under pressure from Hughes who overtook the Hitech into Brooklands. Soon after, Lawson went briefly off the circuit, running wide, and quickly fell behind into the path of Pourchaire and Vesti.
Whilst Lawson attempted to build a gap ahead of the pair, Pourchaire and Vesti engaged in an entertaining battle for position. However, Vesti soon found himself in a position to challenge Lawson for P3 but was forced to pull back after locking his front tyres and running out of room to pass the Hitech. As a result of the continuous battle, all three drivers ended up losing valuable time which resulted in Beckmann and Viscaal in P6 and P7 being brought into contention.
Beckmann and Viscaal quickly became a problem for sixteen year old sensation Theo Pourchaire. Pourchaire made a failed attempt to overtake the PREMA of Vesti and then became prey to the Trident of Beckmann who overtook the young driver and moved into P5. Frederik Vesti was shown a black and white flag by Stewards for changing directions on the straights during his defence against Pourchaire.
Meanwhile, Sargeant established a secure three second lead ahead of the pack with Hughes also secure in P2. The American driver’s teammate and closest championship contender Oscar Piastri was also making successful progress up the grid into P8 as the race reached half distance.
Second half of the race
In the second half of the race, Vesti continued his pursuit of Lawson in P3 setting repetitive fastest laps. On the other hand, Pourchaire once again found himself under pressure as the French driver locked up through Luffield, providing an opportunity for Viscaal to move up the grid. Pourchaire was then forced to defend against Piastri when the two drivers engaged in an aggressive battle for position.
In the closing stages of the race, it appeared that a last lap showdown for both P3 and P6 was on the cards, however this hope would prove futile. With only one lap to go, Fernandez and Nannini collided with both drivers forced into the gravel. The race therefore ended with yellow flags in sector 3, putting an end to the last lap battles.
Sargeant finished in P1 with an impressive lead ahead of the pack. Meanwhile, Hughes and Lawson came home to finish in P2 and P3 respectively. Piastri finished in P7 meaning that for the first time this season, the Championship lead is now in the hands of Logan Sargeant.
Results of the top 10;
1. L. Sargeant PREMA
2. J. Hughes HWA Racelab
3. L. Lawson Hitech Grand Prix
4. F. Vesti PREMA
5. D. Beckmann Trident
6. T. Pourchaire ART Grand Prix
7. O. Piastri PREMA
8. B. Viscaal MP Motorsport
9. C. Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing
10. L. Zendelli Trident
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