Lawson dominates F3 Race 2 in Spielberg for maiden F3 win

Liam Lawson
Liam Lawson

Liam Lawson got his and Hitech Grand Prix’s title challenge underway in stylish circumstances with his first FIA Formula 3 win in Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring.

The Kiwi was a composed presence out in front, rising from fifth to first in the opening laps, before overcoming a late struggle with the degradation of his tires.

Richard Verschoor followed Lawson over the line for his highest finish in F3, ahead of polesitter Clement Novalak, who claimed both his, and Carlin Buzz Racing’s first podium in the Championship.

David Beckmann will be disappointed to finish just fourth, having clawed his way into the lead in the opening stages of the race, but the Trident man was unable to hold off the eventual front three.

Race 1 winner Oscar Piastri managed to make up two places from 10th to eighth. While, further down the field, Jake Hughes put on a dazzling display, fighting his way to 12th, having started all the way back in 28th.

AS IT HAPPENED

Having seen the poleman crash out on the opening lap of Race 1, there was a much calmer feel to start of Race 2. Reverse polesitter Novalak got away cleanly, with the only real change coming via Beckmann, who launched into second off the line.

Novalak had looked really assured in the opening three laps, but his confidence waned in the fourth as Beckmann began to take chunks out of the gap between them. Once in DRS range, the Trident wasted no time in taking the lead, braking late and sending it down the inside of the Carlin for P1.

In his haste to reclaim the lead, Novalak went wide and allowed Lawson to pick his pocket and steal P2, lunging ahead with relative ease.

The Kiwi went straight on the attack for first, closing the gap between himself and Beckmann within half a lap. An initial move failed, but he made no mistake second time around and went wheel-to-wheel with the Trident. The Hitech braked latest and shot into the lead.

Their fight was the first of many within a top ten that were separated by a mere 3s. First Verschoor, and then Novalak, lunged ahead of Beckmann for second and third.

Having enjoyed such a successful Race 1, Sunday ended in disappointment for Alex Peroni, when his car lost power and forced him to pull up on the grass.

Lawson was clearly struggling with his tires, having used so much power to claw his way to P1 in the first place. A late safety car provided him some relief in the closing laps, after Roman Stanek rammed into the DRS board, leaving debris on the track.

Race 2 Results

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Behind
1 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 24 37m01.698s 0.000s
2 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 24 37m02.115s 0.417s
3 Clement Novalak Carlin 24 37m03.000s 1.302s
4 David Beckmann Trident 24 37m03.337s 1.639s
5 Lirim Zendeli Trident 24 37m03.930s 2.232s
6 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 24 37m04.534s 2.836s
7 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 24 37m04.788s 3.090s
8 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 24 37m05.149s 3.451s
9 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 24 37m05.796s 4.098s
10 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 24 37m06.278s 4.580s
11 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 24 37m06.673s 4.975s
12 Jake Hughes HWA 24 37m07.135s 5.437s
13 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 24 37m07.904s 6.206s
14 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 24 37m08.807s 7.109s
15 David Schumacher Charouz 24 37m10.197s 8.499s
16 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 24 37m10.857s 9.159s
17 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 24 37m11.189s 9.491s
18 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 24 37m11.562s 9.864s
19 Olli Caldwell Trident 24 37m12.647s 10.949s
20 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 24 37m13.086s 11.388s
21 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 24 37m13.748s 12.050s
22 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 24 37m14.143s 12.445s
23 Roman Stanek Charouz 24 37m14.887s 13.189s
24 Enaam Ahmed Carlin 24 37m19.835s 18.137s
25 Igor Fraga Charouz 24 37m32.536s 30.838s
26 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 24 37m41.935s 40.237s
27 Logan Sargeant Prema Racing 23 37m20.159s 1 Lap
Jack Doohan HWA 16 37m28.954s Retirement
Alex Peroni Campos Racing 10 13m53.161s Retirement
Cameron Das Carlin 5 7m44.984s Retirement

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