Pourchaire wins dramatic Hungary F3 race

Theo Pourchaire
Theo Pourchaire

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
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

POS DRIVER TEAM BEHIND
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
9 Clement Novalak Carlin 22.208s
10 David Beckmann Trident 22.951s
11 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 23.428s
12 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 27.298s
13 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 27.972s
14 Enaam Ahmed Carlin 28.597s
15 Igor Fraga Charouz 30.883s
16 David Schumacher Charouz 31.265s
17 Cameron Das Carlin 34.777s
18 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 36.352s
19 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 36.629s
20 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 38.432s
21 Olli Caldwell Trident 44.026s
22 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 47.482s
23 Roman Stanek Charouz 49.705s
24 Jake Hughes HWA 1m02.217s
DNF Lirim Zendeli Trident Retirement
DNF Liam Lawson Hitech GP Retirement
DNF Jack Doohan HWA Retirement
DNF Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix Retirement
DNF Frederik Vesti Prema Racing Retirement
DNF Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport Retirement

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