FIA Formula 3: Logan Sargeant wins Race 1 as Dennis Hauger seals the championship title

Feature Image Credit: Logan Sargeant Instagram

Charouz Racing’s Logan Sargeant secured his first win of the season, dominating the unexpected race from the second position as Dennis Hauger took the championship title early.

Due to an uncertain weather forecast at Sochi with the likeliness of rain, the FIA Formula 3 decided to change the schedule just two hours after the qualifying session ended instead of taking place on Saturday’s morning as programmed.

With two races left in the 2021 season, Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger got crowned as the new FIA Formula 3 champion earlier than expected, finishing the race behind Charouz Racing’s Logan Sargeant in second.

Hauger only needed six points to clinch the crown, with the 43 points lead ahead of his initial rival Jack Doohan, but the Norwegian driver was out of reach as Doohan slipped from 12th to 15th, which makes him out of the title race.

Logan Sargeant managed to take his and the team’s first win of the season, despite the amount of pressure Hauger puts to take another victory with a less than a second gap.

The reverse polesitter Victor Martins takes the final spot on the podium, as Sargeant snatched the race lead away at the beginning of the 20 laps long race, with Trident’s Clement Novalak sitting directly behind Frenchman in fourth.

His MP Motorsport teammate, Caio Collet, was fifth ahead of Campos Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo, completing the race in sixth with the opportunistic Arthur Leclerc in seventh for Prema Racing after he won the thrilling battle from Frederik Vesti.

The ART drivers, Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa, ended the first race of the seventh round in eighth and ninth place, respectively, ahead of the Hitech pairing Ayumu Iwasa and Jak Crawford.

Jak Crawford fell out of the top 10. Still, the American driver managed to hang onto the 11th place, securing his place on the front row for Race 2 behind HWA Racelab’s Johnathan Hoggard as the polesitter in a reversed grid format.

Race 2 will emerge at 1.40 PM local time.

Race 1 result: 

1 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System
2 Dennis Hauger Prema Racing
3 Victor Martins MP Motorsport
4 Clement Novalak Trident
5 Caio Collet MP Motorsport
6 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing
7 Arthur Leclerc Prema Racing
8 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix
9 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix
10 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech Grand Prix
11 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix
12 Johnathan Hoggard HWA Racelab
13 Roman Stanek Hitech Grand Prix
14 David Schumacher Trident
15 Jack Doohan Trident
16 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab
17 Olli Caldwell Prema Racing
18 Jonny Edgar Carlin Buzz Racing
19 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport
20 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab
21 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing
22 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix
23 Kaylen Frederick Carlin Buzz Racing
24 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System
25 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport
26 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System
27 Ido Cohen Carlin Buzz Racing
28 Tjimen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport
29 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing
30 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab
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