Austria F3: Hauger wins dramatic sprint race from 12th

Dennis Hauger took victory in a chaotic FIA Formula 3 sprint race, moving up 11 places to take the chequered flag in a Prema 1-2 at the Red Bull Ring.

Austria F3: Hauger wins dramatic sprint race from 12th

The championship leader started 12th but fought through the field to take the chequered flag, avoiding a collision on track ahead of him in a race which saw four different leaders throughout.

Team-mate Olli Caldwell finished second, with polesitter Logan Sargeant (Charouz Racing System) in third, only to be dropped to 15th place due to a post-race penalty which promoted Jack Doohan to the third place.

Matteo Nannini (HWA Racelab) and the Trident of Clement Novalak had been tussling for first position, but collided on lap 19, taking the frontrunners out of contention, while Sargeant managed to avoid the incident to take the podium.

Following the post-race penalties, Enzo Fittipaldi was promoted to fourth place ahead of MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins in fifth, with Jonny Edgar moving up to sixth.

Ido Cohen of Carlin stalled on the grid before the formation lap and was pushed back to the pitlane by marshals, continuing his bad luck after encountering issues in qualifying on Friday.

Nannini took the lead into Turn 1, with Caldwell up to third before he was overtaken by Novalak.

Martins was down to fifth off the line, with Prema’s Arthur Leclerc also losing places after a poor start, while Vesti also struggled off the line.

By the second lap, Cohen’s bad luck had continued, with his car stopping at the side of the track, prompting yellow flags before a virtual safety car.

As that ended on lap 4, Nannini had extended his lead, while Hauger had made up five places to move from 12th for seventh.

Olli Caldwell, Prema Racing, Victor Martins, MP Motorsport Jack Doohan, Trident

Olli Caldwell, Prema Racing, Victor Martins, MP Motorsport Jack Doohan, Trident

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

On the fifth lap, the first with DRS, Sargeant closed the gap to Nannini, while further back, David Schumacher (Trident) and Calan Williams (Jenzer Motorsport) made contact, pushing the former off the road and handing the latter a five-second penalty.

Martins made an uncharacteristic mistake on lap 6, going wide onto the gravel and losing a place to Hauger.

Sargeant finally recaptured the lead on lap 9, going deep on the brakes to pass Nannini, before the pair swapped positions again the following lap, with Novalak taking second from Sargeant and pushing him into third.

Hauger passed Doohan into fifth on lap 11, while Novalak took the lead, forcing Nannini wide.

Elsewhere in the pack, Leclerc went off into the gravel, having been running in seventh, and attempted to continue but returned to the pitlane and was out of the car, ending his race.

The frontrunners continued to trade places, with Nannini and Sargeant swapping the top spot between them several times in just a few laps, amid which Sargeant was shown the black and white flags for exceeding track limits.

Hauger moved up to third ahead of Sargeant on lap 18, before Caldwell also passed the American driver, pushing him down into fifth.

Novalak took the lead on lap 19, but just two laps later was involved in a collision with Nannini, taking the two frontrunners out of the running and across the gravel.

The incident handed Hauger the lead, with Caldwell into second and Sargeant in third.

Hitech Grand Prix’s Ayuma Iwasa also charged through the field, making up nine places to finish tenth.

The reverse grid means Carlin’s Jonny Edgar will start on pole, with Enzo Fittipaldi (Charouz Racing System) in second and Alexander Smolyar (ART Grand Prix) in third.

Austria F3 - Race 1 results

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 24 33'39.140     184.544
2 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 24 33'44.600 5.460 5.460 184.502
3 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 24 33'45.646 6.506 1.046 183.951
4 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 24 33'47.817 8.677 2.171 183.755
5 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 33'48.201 9.061 0.384 184.174
6 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 24 33'48.312 9.172 0.111 183.710
7 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 24 33'48.425 9.285 0.113 183.699
8 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 24 33'48.883 9.743 0.458 184.112
9 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 24 33'49.499 10.359 0.616 183.602
10 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 24 33'49.818 10.678 0.319 183.573
11 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 24 33'50.226 11.086 0.408 183.537
12 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 24 33'50.828 11.688 0.602 183.482
13 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 33'51.275 12.135 0.447 183.442
14 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 24 33'52.154 13.014 0.879 183.815
15 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 24 33'52.232 13.092 0.078 184.262
16 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 24 33'54.136 14.996 1.904 183.184
17 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 33'54.388 15.248 0.252 184.066
18 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 24 33'59.288 20.148 4.900 182.721
19 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 24 34'00.558 21.418 1.270 182.607
20 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 24 34'00.990 21.850 0.432 182.569
21 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 24 34'01.467 22.327 0.477 182.526
22 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 24 34'09.745 30.605 8.278 182.680
23 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 24 34'16.390 37.250 6.645 183.884
24 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 24 34'37.718 58.578 21.328 181.969
25 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 24 34'45.885 1'06.745 8.167 178.639
26 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 24 34'51.981 1'12.841 6.096 178.119
  Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 24 33'46.733 7.593   183.853
  United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 20 4 laps      
  Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 12 12 laps      
  Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 0 24 laps      
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