GP3 Hockenheim: Jake Hughes secures DAMS' first win in series

Jake Hughes gave DAMS its first GP3 Series victory at Hockenheim, while Charles Leclerc reclaimed the championship lead from Alexander Albon

GP3 Hockenheim: Jake Hughes secures DAMS' first win in series

Haas Formula 1 test driver and Ferrari protege Leclerc was demoted to third in the race by Jack Aitken late on as Arden's Renault junior completed a British one-two behind Hughes.

But Leclerc still moved into the points lead as ART team-mate Alexander Albon was an early retirement.

Hughes was able to claim his maiden GP3 win despite stewards investigating him for a potential breach of virtual safety car rules.

He had lost his pole advantage with a slow start, dropping behind Arjun Maini immediately and then having to work hard to resist Aitken into the first corner.

Hughes caught Maini again and drafted past him into the lead on the run to the hairpin.

As he completed the move, the VSC was called because Artur Janosz had slid into the barrers in the stadium section as he tried to limp back with a puncture and Ralph Boschung's front wing jammed under his car following a first-lap tangle.

The officials investigated whether Hughes had made the move before or after the VSC was triggered, and eventually ruled he had got it done just before the lights came on.

Maini was caught out when the VSC ended and tumbled to sixth, allowing Leclerc to begin chasing Hughes.

But the DAMS driver had everything under control and Leclerc ultimately fell back as tyre wear kicked in again for ART, losing second to Aitken.

Santino Ferrucci almost gave DAMS two drivers on the podium as he and the recovering Maini chased Leclerc to the flag.

Maini managed to regain one place with a hairpin dive on Matt Parry, who also lost out to the charging Jake Dennis late on.

Dennis's progress showed what might have been for him this weekend - stranded on the front row on Saturday when his car got stuck in neutral, he came through from the pitlane to 12th in race one before salvaging a top six spot in race two.

Leclerc's title rivals Albon and Saturday winner Antonio Fuoco's races unravelled when they made contact in the first-lap mid-pack traffic jam.

Fuoco tapped Albon at the hairpin while trying to pass Parry, causing damage that forced the ART car to retire in the pits.

Though Ferrari Driver Academy member Fuoco pressed on, minus the front of his Trident car's nose, he later had a violent flight over the first corner kerbs and drifted down the order before parking on the last lap.

RESULTS - 18 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Jake Hughes DAMS 29m51.410s
2 Jack Aitken Arden International 2.602s
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 5.884s
4 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 6.835s
5 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 7.718s
6 Jake Dennis Arden International 8.935s
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 14.441s
8 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 16.694s
9 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 16.940s
10 Kevin Jorg DAMS 17.928s
11 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 18.562s
12 Sandy Stuvik Trident 27.796s
13 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 28.852s
14 Giuliano Alesi Trident 29.197s
15 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 29.641s
16 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 29.928s
17 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 30.344s
18 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1 Lap
19 Alex Palou Campos Racing 2 Laps
- Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix Retirement
- Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP Retirement
- Artur Janosz Trident Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 126
2 Alexander Albon 123
3 Antonio Fuoco 115
4 Matt Parry 70
5 Nyck de Vries 65
6 Jake Hughes 52
7 Ralph Boschung 48
8 Nirei Fukuzumi 43
9 Jake Dennis 39
10 Jack Aitken 38
11 Arjun Maini 32
12 Oscar Tunjo 18
13 Santino Ferrucci 18
14 Alex Palou 13
15 Kevin Jorg 13
16 Sandy Stuvik 8
17 Steijn Schothorst 6
18 Matevos Isaakyan 5
19 Artur Janosz 2
20 Tatiana Calderon 1
21 Akash Nandy 0
22 Richard Gonda 0
23 Konstantin Tereschenko 0
24 Giuliano Alesi 0
25 Mahaveer Raghunathan 0


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