Hungaroring F3: Prema's Callum Ilott dominates second race

Callum Ilott dominated the second Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Hungaroring, leading from start to finish

Hungaroring F3: Prema's Callum Ilott dominates second race

Ilott converted his pole position into the lead, saw off an attack from fellow-front-row starter Joel Eriksson over the first two corners, and then used his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes to extend its advantage on every one of the 22 laps to finish 8.6 seconds in front.

Eriksson gave a forlorn chase, and the Swede's Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen seemed to have an edge in sector one, but even when BMW junior Eriksson was setting purple sectors he was still losing ground over the whole lap to Ilott.

"The start wasn't my best, and Joel challenged me through the first two corners, but after that I edged away a little bit," said Ilott.

"We expected the tyres to degrade but we didn't have as much degradation as we thought, and I was able to keep pushing throughout the race.

"Pretty uneventful - but interesting for me!"

Eriksson had to monitor Prema's Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou throughout the race as Zhou finished third during an impressive weekend, taking a podium as he did as an F3 rookie in 2016.

Zhou did come under pressure in the closing stages from Hitech GP's Jake Hughes, but he never got into a position to seriously challenge for what could have been his second podium of the weekend.

Hughes seemed to lose a little ground at the start of the race swerving around Lando Norris, who stalled his Carlin car from third on the grid and was 15th of the 18 runners by the time he got to Turn 1.

Championship leader Maximilian Gunther, who started his Prema car sixth on the grid, got beaten for fifth into Turn 1 by fellow German David Beckmann.

Although Gunther pressured Beckmann in the early stages, it was a challenge he couldn't sustain and he fell away to take sixth, while Beckmann - on his first weekend with Motopark - scored his first points of the season.

There was a flurry of excitement in the battle for seventh just after half-distance, when Carlin's Force India protege Jehan Daruvala looked feisty in his attempts to prise the position away from the Van Amersfoort Racing car of Joey Mawson, but Mawson settled again and claimed the place.

That allowed Prema man Mick Schumacher to close a little, while Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin) took the final point.

Norris managed to force his way past Harrison Newey - who started on the back row after wrecking his tyres with a qualifying spin - to take 14th place with four laps to go, and that set up a last-ditch battle for 13th with Pedro Piquet before the Brazilian claimed the place.

It means Norris has dropped to fourth in the points, 27 behind Gunther, 15 adrift of Eriksson and one short of Ilott.

RESULTS - 22 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Callum Ilott Prema Powerteam 22 35m15.865s -
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark 22 35m24.465s 8.600s
3 Guanyu Zhou Prema Powerteam 22 35m25.622s 9.757s
4 Jake Hughes Hitech GP 22 35m27.127s 11.262s
5 David Beckmann Motopark 22 35m32.245s 16.380s
6 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam 22 35m35.156s 19.291s
7 Joey Mawson Van Amersfoort Racing 22 35m37.499s 21.634s
8 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 22 35m38.336s 22.471s
9 Mick Schumacher Prema Powerteam 22 35m39.402s 23.537s
10 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin 22 35m45.646s 29.781s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 22 35m46.452s 30.587s
12 Ralf Aron Hitech GP 22 35m46.901s 31.036s
13 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 22 35m50.321s 34.456s
14 Lando Norris Carlin 22 35m50.836s 34.971s
15 Marino Sato Motopark 22 35m53.911s 38.046s
16 Tadasuke Makino Hitech GP 22 35m54.465s 38.600s
17 Keyvan Andres Motopark 22 35m55.713s 39.848s
18 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 22 36m11.368s 55.503s


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