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Hungary F3: Nannini takes maiden win after battling Fittipaldi

Matteo Nannini took his maiden win in FIA Formula 3 at the Hungaroring after a dramatic battle with Enzo Fittipaldi.

Matteo Nannini, HWA Racelab

Matteo Nannini, HWA Racelab

Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

The HWA Racelab driver passed third-placed Roman Stanek (Hitech Grand Prix) off the line to move into second before finally making it past Fittipaldi (Charouz Racing System) on lap four, with the two almost making contact.

ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar finished in fourth, with Dennis Hauger, who leads the championship standings for Prema Racing, coming in fifth, having started eighth.

David Schumacher came sixth for Trident, with Lorenzo Colombo in seventh after losing his win from this morning’s sprint race.

Nannini’s victory marked the ninth different winner this season in just 11 races.

Further back in the field, ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti finished in 16th having started 28th, where he started after retiring from this morning’s race with a mechanical issue.

Victor Martins stalled on the grid having started in 15th leaving him at the back of the pack.

Fittipaldi got a good start but the top three went three-wide into the first corner, with Nannini overtaking Stanek to move into second, while putting huge pressure on the leader.

Behind the leading pack, Smolyar moved up to fourth, while Doohan up to fifth.

Logan Sargeant, Charouz Racing System, Clement Novalak, Trident and 6 at the start of the race

Logan Sargeant, Charouz Racing System, Clement Novalak, Trident and 6 at the start of the race

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Olli Caldwell, driving for Prema, and Oliver Rasmussen of HWA Racelab tangled, plunging them to the back of the pack and forcing them both to pit with damage. The incident is being investigated by the stewards.

Amaury Cordeel (Campos Racing) and Carlin’s Ido Cohen were also forced to pit, with the former having to retire.

Nannini took the race lead on lap four, coming close to contact in the battle with Fittipaldi before locking up into Turn 2.

He had built up a 1.8 second lead from Fittipaldi by lap six, with seven-tenths between him and third-placed Stanek, before increasing his lead to 2.4 seconds by lap 10.

On lap 11, Nannini had a lap time deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 11, as he was cautioned by his engineer over the radio that he is on his second warning for track limits.

Hauger and Schumacher battled on lap 14, with the championship leader making several attempts to pass before holding back to try again.

Schumacher passed Doohan on lap 16 in a team-mate battle, while Hauger almost snuck through amid the melee, though the Australian managed to hold him off despite locking up.

Doohan’s tyres fell off a cliff on lap 20, leaving him to be passed by five cars in as many corners, plummeting to 13th having started fourth.

Hauger made it past Schumacher into fifth on the penultimate lap, moving around the outside to improve yet another place.

Arthur Leclerc starts on pole for Prema in tomorrow’s feature race, with Hauger in second and Doohan in third.

Results

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

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