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FIA F3 Hungaroring

F3 Hungary: Mini beats Bortoleto to sprint win after late restart

Hitech driver Gabriele Mini took his second Formula 3 win of the season at the Hungaroring, winning the sprint race from pole.

Gabriele Mini, Hitech Pulse-Eight

The Alpine Academy racer lost the lead to Nikita Bedrin (Jenzer) off the line, but made it back into the lead by lap eight before cruising to victory.

Bedrin, who started second after a previous series best start of 14th, snatched the lead at Turn 1, but lost out when Mini deployed DRS.

He held second before a final lap shootout with championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto saw the Trident driver snatch the runner-up spot at the penultimate corner.

As Bedrin took the lead at the start, Mini settled into second while Christian Mansell, who took his maiden podium at Silverstone last weekend, ran third for Campos.

Bortoleto made it past Mansell for third on lap five with the help of DRS into Turn 1, with Prema’s Paul Aron repeating the move the following lap but running wide and allowing Mansell to hold fourth.

Mini clinched the lead on lap eight with the help of DRS, but Bedrin at this stage looked safe in second with a six-second gap between the leading pair and Bortoleto in third.

Sunday polesitter Zak O’Sullivan (Prema) made contact with ART driver Nikola Tsolov on lap 12, damaging his front wing in an incident which will be investigated after the race.

The safety car was then deployed after Sebastian Montoya (Hitech) came to a stop on track at Turn 13. He'd earlier made contact with VAR driver Tommy Smith, while Roberto Faria spun his PHM-run car. Rodin Carlin driver Ido Cohen was forced to retire with damage, and Hugh Barter (Campos) was also caught up in the tangle.

Zak O'Sullivan, Prema Racing

Zak O'Sullivan, Prema Racing

Photo by: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Racing resumed with three laps remaining, with Aron finally taking fourth at Turn 3 after another fierce fight with Mansell, having run wide at Turn 1 before making it back past two turns later.

Tsolov also made contact with Campos driver Pepe Marti on the restart, the former running into the rear of Marti and punting the Spaniard into a spin in their fight for eighth.

Out front, Mini had built a 2.1s lead to Bedrin, who valiantly held off Bortoleto. The Brazilian made an attempt to pass at Turn 5 before finally snatching second at the penultimate corner, leaving Bedrin to take third.

Aron finished fourth, with Trident driver Oliver Goethe in fifth and Mansell sixth.

Franco Colapinto took seventh for MP Motorsport ahead of team-mate Jonny Edgar, while ART driver Gregoire Saucy and Dino Beganovic (Prema) rounded off the top 10.

F3 Hungary Race Results (19 laps):

 
 
     
Driver Info
 
 
 
   
Cla Driver # Laps Time Interval km/h Pits Points Retirement Bonus
1
G. Minì Gabriele Minì Hitech Pulse-Eight
15 19 -       10    
2
G. Bortoleto Gabriel Bortoleto Trident
5 19 +4.200 4.200     9   1
3
N. Bedrin Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport
26 19 +4.900 0.700     8    
4
P. Aron Paul Aron Prema Powerteam
1 19 +5.100 0.200     7    
5
O. Goethe Oliver Goethe Trident
6 19 +8.200 3.100     6    
6
C. Mansell Christian Mansell Campos Racing
24 19 +8.800 0.600     5    
7 Argentina F. Colapinto Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 10 19 +9.900 1.100     4    
8 United Kingdom J. Edgar Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 12 19 +10.100 0.200     3    
9 Switzerland G. Saucy Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 8 19 +10.300 0.200     2    
10
D. Beganovic Dino Beganovic Prema Powerteam
2 19 +11.000 0.700     1    
11
L. Browning Luke Browning Hitech Pulse-Eight
16 19 +12.000 1.000          
12
T. Barnard Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport
27 19 +13.500 1.500          
13 United States K. Frederick Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 7 19 +13.800 0.300          
14 Brazil C. Collet Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 17 19 +13.900 0.100          
15
L. Fornaroli Leonardo Fornaroli Trident
4 19 +16.100 2.200          
16
O. Gray Oliver Gray Rodin Carlin
20 19 +16.800 0.700          
17 Germany S. Flörsch Sophia Flörsch PHM Racing by Charouz 29 19 +17.000 0.200          
18 Mexico R. Villagomez Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 18 19 +17.600 0.600          
19
M. Esterson Max Esterson Rodin Carlin
21 19 +18.000 0.400          
20
R. Faria Roberto Faria PHM Racing by Charouz
30 19 +18.500 0.500          
21
P. Martí Pepe Martí Campos Racing
23 19 +18.800 0.300          
22
M. Boya Mari Boya MP Motorsport
11 19 +21.900 3.100          
23 United Kingdom Z. O'Sullivan Zak O'Sullivan Prema Powerteam 3 19 +22.800 0.900          
24
T. Smith Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing
19 19 +49.800 27.000          
25
H. Barter Hugh Barter Campos Racing
25 19 +1'00.300 10.500          
dnf
M. Shin Michael Shin PHM Racing by Charouz
31 18 1 lap         Retirement  
dnf A. Garcia Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 28 18 1 lap         Retirement  
dnf
N. Tsolov Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix
9 16 3 laps         Retirement  
dnf Colombia S. Montoya Sebastian Montoya Hitech Pulse-Eight 14 10 9 laps         Retirement  
dnf Israel I. Cohen Ido Cohen Rodin Carlin 22 1 18 laps         Retirement  

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