F3: Nannini beats Fittipaldi for maiden win in Hungary

Matteo Nannini became the ninth different winner from just 11 races in 2021, overcoming Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi and Hitech Grand Prix’s Roman Stanek for his maiden Formula 3 victory in Race 2 at Budapest.

The HWA RACELAB driver got a strong launch off the line, pulling himself ahead of Stanek from third before overcoming Fittipaldi on Lap 4, who had struggled to warm up his tyres. From there, the Italian’s win never looked in doubt.

Alex Smolyar held on to fourth despite pressure from Championship leader Dennis Hauger, who had put on a battling charge through the field, making up three places from eighth.

The PREMA Racing driver gained ground on each of his primary title rivals, with Jack Doohan, Frederik Vesti, Olli Caldwell and Victor Martins all finishing outside of the points.

The sun had returned for the second race of the afternoon, bringing track temperature up to 45 degrees, but that didn’t stop the front three from engaging in a heated race start.

Fittipaldi got a strong launch, and he needed it, as Nannini and Stanek both flung off the line and went three-wide into the opening corner. Nannini was late on the brakes and nicked second from Stanek, but Fittipaldi was able to cling on thanks to his quick getaway.

The duo continued to duel in the opening laps and Nannini made a second attempt almost as soon as DRS was switched on. The duo went wheel-to-wheel between Turns 1 and 2 and despite his best efforts, Fittipaldi eventually had to relinquish the position and Nannini hauled his HWA ahead.

Budapest race 2 of the Formula 3 Championship at Hungaroring on July 31, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Race 2 Results in Hungary

Pos Driver Team Laps Behind
1 Matteo Nannini HWA AG 22 0.000s
2 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 22 2.500
3 Roman Staněk HitechGP 22 3.800
4 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 22 4.300
5 Dennis Hauger Prema Powerteam 22 4.600
6 David Schumacher Trident 22 5.600
7 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 22 7.000
8 Clement Novalak Trident 22 8.900
9 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 22 11.800
10 Ayumu Iwasa HitechGP 22 12.600
11 Arthur Leclerc Prema Powerteam 22 12.900
12 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 22 13.700
13 Jack Doohan Trident 22 17.600
14 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 22 18.000
15 Tijmen van MP Motorsport 22 20.200
16 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 22 22.800
17 Jake Hughes Carlin 22 25.600
18 Reshad de Charouz Racing System 22 28.300
19 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 22 30.000
20 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 22 32.100
21 Jak Crawford HitechGP 22 33.300
22 Rafael Villagómez HWA AG 22 35.000
23 László Tóth Campos Racing 22 35.400
24 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 22 36.500
25 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 22 37.300
26 Jonny Edgar Carlin 22 44.200
27 Ido Cohen Carlin 22 1’19.900
28 Oliver Rasmussen HWA AG 22 1’25.600
29 Olli Caldwell Prema Powerteam 21 1 lap
30 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 21