Formula 3’s youngest race winner Theo Pourchaire became the Championship’s first double winner of the season, taking a resounding Race 1 victory at the Hungaroring by a mega margin of 11.9s over Championship leader Oscar Piastri.
For the second race in a row, Pourchaire was handed first when the race leaders collided in front of him, but there would be no safety car escort to the checkered flag, as he enjoyed in Spielberg. Polesitter Alex Smolyar and Logan Sargeant came to blows from the front row into Turn 1 on the opening lap of the race.
|L to R Piastri, Pourchaire and Sargeant|
With more than 20 laps to go, and Championship leader Piastri directly behind him, Pourchaire had to display nerves of steel. Pulling away at a rate of a second a lap, he displayed a maturity well beyond his tender age of 16.
Despite his involvement in the Lap 1 incident, Sargeant was able to cling onto third and kept MP Motorsport pairing Bent Viscaal and Richard Verschoor at bay behind him, with the Dutch duo more focused on squabbling amongst themselves.
Clement Novalak was mightily impressive around the Hungaroring, making the most of the chaos around him to climb 17 positions for ninth place. Behind him, David Beckmann recovered well from a difficult Qualifying session to climb four places and take the final points position, and reverse grid pole.
Hungary F3 Race 1 Results
|1||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||0.000s|
|2||Oscar Piastri||Prema Racing||11.920s|
|3||Logan Sargeant||Prema Racing||14.739s|
|4||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||17.360s|
|5||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||18.063s|
|6||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix||19.636s|
|7||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing||21.431s|
|8||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||21.656s|
|11||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||23.428s|
|12||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||27.298s|
|13||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport||27.972s|
|18||Sophia Florsch||Campos Racing||36.352s|
|20||Alessio Deledda||Campos Racing||38.432s|
|22||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport||47.482s|
|DNF||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||Retirement|
|DNF||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||Retirement|
|DNF||Frederik Vesti||Prema Racing||Retirement|
|DNF||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||Retirement|