Hungary GP3: Aaro Vainio victorious after Conor Daly battle

Aaro Vainio completed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening GP3 race in Hungary

Hungary GP3: Aaro Vainio victorious after Conor Daly battle

The Korainen racer made a good start, keeping ART's Conor Daly behind through the first corner.

Over the next half a dozen laps he stretched the lead to over 2.5 seconds, before Daly started to reel him in.

But the gap was never under a second until the race was neutralised with just four laps to go.

The late safety car was brought out by a nasty looking crash between Luis Sa Silva and Emanuele Zonzini, which ended with the latter flying over the back of the former's car on the exit of Turn 1. Both drivers were unhurt in the incident.

At the restart Daly made an excellent exit through the final turn, and managed to run side-by-side with Vainio through Turn 2. But the Finn held on to secure a great win.

Russian Daniil Kvyat claimed third for MW Arden, while Jack Harvey was fourth for ART.

Carlos Sainz Jr made a stunning start, which helped him to fifth, while sixth for ART's Facu Regalia owed much to his great getaway too.

Points leader Tio Ellinas failed to score for the first time this season for Manor following a fraught afternoon.

In a race of few overtaking moves, the main action took place for the final points-paying positions. Kevin Lorjus took seventh, Robert Visoiu eighth, Patrick Niederhauser ninth and Giovanni Venturini 10th and the final point.

Results - 17 laps:  Pos Driver Team Time/Gap  1. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 29m17.213s 2. Conor Daly ART +0.691s 3. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden +4.853s 4. Jack Harvey ART +7.061s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr MW Arden +7.262s 6. Facu Regalia ART +7.507s 7. Kevin Korjus Koiranen +8.588s 8. Robert Visoiu MW Arden +9.307s 9. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer +10.295s 10. Giovanni Venturini Trident +11.550s 11. Alex Fontana Jenzer +12.736s 12. Tio Ellinas Manor +13.175s 13. Dino Zamparelli Manor +14.139s 14. Jimmy Eriksson Status +16.751s 15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen +18.645s 16. Nick Yelloly Carlin +18.793s 17. David Fumanelli Trident +19.245s 18. Melville McKee Bamboo +21.309s 19. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin +21.428s 20. Samin Gomez Jenzer +21.725s 21. Adderly Fong Status +22.012s 22. Josh Webster Status +22.372s 23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo +22.793s 24. Lewis Williamson Bamboo +23.417s Retirements: Driver Team Laps Luis Sa Silva Carlin 12 Emanuele Zonzini Trident 12 Josh Webster Status 6 
shares
comments
Spa British F3: Jann Mardenborough punished for post-race collision

Previous article

Spa British F3: Jann Mardenborough punished for post-race collision

Next article

Hungary GP3: Robert Visoiu leads Carlos Sainz Jr in Arden one-two

Hungary GP3: Robert Visoiu leads Carlos Sainz Jr in Arden one-two
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F3
Author Andrew van de Burgt
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020
The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore Plus

The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore

Igor Fraga has a more colourful career behind him than any other driver on the FIA Formula 3 grid, and now he's beginning to become as recognised for his talents in real racing as in the virtual world

FIA F3
Jun 21, 2020
The new F3 car that has teams purring Plus

The new F3 car that has teams purring

Dallara has improved upon its old F3 car with the new 320 for this season's Euroformula Open, ensuring that single-seater competition's 'heritage’ category can race into the future

FIA F3
Apr 14, 2020