Sargeant steals Championship lead with first F3 win over Hughes

Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant

Logan Sargeant’s first ever FIA Formula 3 win was a big one. The American made it second time lucky from pole, coolly closing out a lights-to-flag win at Silverstone to take the Championship lead from teammate Oscar Piastri.

The PREMA racer had failed to convert pole to victory in the previous round – finishing third – but never looked in danger of suffering from the same fate this time around, finishing 1.5s ahead of the much-improved HWA RACELAB of Jake Hughes.

Liam Lawson brushed off a difficult start to the race to hang on to a podium place and keep his own Championship hopes alive.

Piastri may have lost the Championship lead, but the Australian will at least be satisfied to have made up four places from 11th, having retired from Qualifying early with mechanical issues on Friday.

AS IT HAPPENED

For the second week in succession, Sargeant and Lawson started alongside each other on the front row in Silverstone, and for the second week in succession, Sargeant got away cleanly.

Unlike in Round 4 though, Lawson did not. The Kiwi was under pressure as soon as the lights went out and surrendered second to Hughes at the first corner as the Briton flung his HWA RACELAB down the right-hand side of him. Frederik Vesti then attempted a similar move on the opposite flank but couldn’t make it stick.

Having already lost P2, Lawson was clinging onto third by the skin of his teeth. Hughes had scampered off into the distance and robbed Lawson of DRS. The Kiwi was at the front of a train that included Vesti, Théo Pourchaire and David Beckmann and was somehow keeping them at bay.

While Vesti remained patient, Pourchaire and Beckmann were keen to get a move on. Pourchaire saw a daring attempt to go three-wide with those ahead of him fail, opening him up to Beckmann and the German fired ahead at the Vale chicane.

Lawson’s careful tire management started to pay off as he began to break away from the train of drivers battling behind him. The Kiwi caught up with Hughes on Lap 16 and set the fastest lap as he began a to-and-fro with the HWA driver. Ultimately, Hughes’ experience at this level paid off, as the Briton switched to the defensive and held off the New Zealander.

Piastri made up for a miserable Friday afternoon with a sublime drive from 11th place. The PREMA racer made up three places inside the opening two laps, before darting ahead of Bent Viscaal in the closing stages.

Sargeant comfortably closed out the race win, as Hughes and Lawson completed the podium. Vesti retained fourth ahead of Beckmann. Pourchaire, Piastri, Viscaal, Clément Novalak and Lirim Zendeli completed the top ten.

The American’s win hands him the Championship lead by six points over Piastri, on 106. Beckmann remains in third on 74.5, followed by Lawson and Vesti. In the Teams’ Championship, PREMA continue to lead with 273.5 points, ahead of Trident on 111.5 and ART Grand Prix and 104 on Hitech Grand Prix are fourth ahead of MP Motorsport.

QUOTE – LOGAN SARGEANT (PREMA RACING)

“I am extremely happy. It is my first win in F3, and I am glad that it came in a Race 1. A big thank you to PREMA, they have done a fantastic job all weekend so far and now we are going to focus on tomorrow and try and make up some positions."

Results

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Gap INT.
1 3 L. Sargeant PREMA Racing 20 0.000s 0.000s
2 15 J. Hughes HWA RACELAB 20 1.552 1.552
3 5 L. Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 20 2.025 0.473
4 2 F. Vesti PREMA Racing 20 2.339 0.314
5 11 D. Beckmann Trident 20 4.870 2.531
6 7 T. Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 20 9.370 4.500
7 1 O. Piastri PREMA Racing 20 10.087 0.717
8 18 B. Viscaal MP Motorsport 20 10.705 0.618
9 26 C. Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing 20 11.082 0.377
10 10 L. Zendeli Trident 20 11.535 0.453
11 27 B. Barnicoat Carlin Buzz Racing 20 12.072 0.537
12 28 C. Das Carlin Buzz Racing 20 14.284 2.212
13 8 A. Smolyar ART Grand Prix 20 17.215 2.931
14 29 A. Peroni Campos Racing 20 17.715 0.500
15 25 D. Schumacher Charouz Racing System 20 20.475 2.760
16 4 M. Fewtrell Hitech Grand Prix 20 21.368 0.893
17 14 E. Fittipaldi HWA RACELAB 20 22.278 0.910
18 24 I. Fraga Charouz Racing System 20 22.971 0.693
19 17 R. Verschoor MP Motorsport 20 23.441 0.470
20 31 S. Floersch Campos Racing 20 24.078 0.637
21 12 O. Caldwell Trident 20 24.369 0.291
22 23 R. Stanek Charouz Racing System 20 25.014 0.645
23 19 L. Dunner MP Motorsport 20 31.254 6.240
24 9 S. Fernández ART Grand Prix 20 33.229 1.975
25 30 A. Deledda Campos Racing 20 39.766 6.537
26 16 J. Doohan HWA RACELAB 20 92.538 52.772
27 22 M. Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 18 DNF

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