Mercedes F1's George Russell wins thrilling Monza GP3 race

Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell beat two of his ART Grand Prix team-mates in a thrilling battle at Monza to win the only GP3 race of the weekend

Mercedes F1's George Russell wins thrilling Monza GP3 race

Renault F1 academy driver, and Russell's title rival, Jack Aitken finished second ahead of Anthoine Hubert.

Nirei Fukuzumi, who secured pole when the practice results were used to set the grid after qualifying was washed out, did not take part as a mechanical issue struck just as he was due to leave to pits to take the start.

When the lights went out in the delayed race - postponed from yesterday due to the delays caused by wet weather at Monza - Russell leapt off the line from a net pole and held the lead on the run to Turn 1.

He emerged still ahead as Aitken out-dragged Hubert on the approach to Curva Grande to take second, but the French driver retook the place under braking for the Roggia chicane.

The race was then suspended following a dramatic high-speed crash between Leonardo Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi, with former mounting the rear of the Jenzer Motorsport-run car as they crashed into the barriers at the exit of the Roggia.

The safety car was deployed and stayed out for eight laps as the medical car attended to Pulcini while he was extracted from his car.

When he was recovered, the race got underway and Russell maintained the lead.

But Hubert found a way by and moved into first around half distance before Russell retook the lead by using DRS to attack at Turn 1.

The race was then suspended again as Juan Manuel Correa smashed into the back of his Jenzer team-mate Arjun Maini under braking for the first chicane.

That led race control to deploy the virtual safety car and the ART cars circulated nose-to-tail as Correa's car was recovered.

The restarted occurred as the top three were going through the Parabolica, and Aitken jumped both of his team-mates as they ran three-wide down the main straight - Russell briefly dropping to third before fighting back past Hubert.

Aitken and Russell then engaged in a frantic scrap, with the latter finally getting back to first with a better run out of the Roggia after they had gone side-by-side through the Curva Grande and come close to contact at the following corner.

Russell began to edge away thereafter and his victory was secured when Niko Kari crashed running wide at the exit of Lesmo one and the race - already reduced to a timed event - ended behind the safety car.

Marcos Siebert finished fourth ahead of Ryan Tveter, who started 17th, Guliano Alesi and Tatiana Calderon.

Julien Falchero, Kevin Jorg and Bruno Baptista rounded out the top 10.

Maini was the other retirement as his damaged rear wing let go in the closing stages, and GP3 debutant Dan Ticktum was classified 13th after picking up a puncture in a clash with Dorian Boccolacci, who eventually came home 14th and last after getting front wing damage in the incident.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 21 44m15.898s
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 21 1.526s
3 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 21 2.361s
4 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 21 2.959s
5 Ryan Tveter Trident 21 5.026s
6 Giuliano Alesi Trident 21 5.351s
7 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 21 6.448s
8 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 21 7.044s
9 Kevin Jorg Trident 21 7.207s
10 Bruno Baptista DAMS 21 8.879s
11 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 21 9.567s
12 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 21 9.645s
13 Dan Ticktum DAMS 21 16.268s
14 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 21 40.836s
15 Niko Kari Arden International 19 2 Laps
16 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 18 3 Laps
- Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 12 Retirement
- Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 0 Not started
- Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 0 Retirement
- Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 0 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 George Russell 162
2 Jack Aitken 119
3 Nirei Fukuzumi 99
4 Anthoine Hubert 97
5 Giuliano Alesi 95
6 Alessio Lorandi 63
7 Ryan Tveter 62
8 Dorian Boccolacci 54
9 Arjun Maini 53
10 Niko Kari 28
11 Raoul Hyman 27
12 Kevin Jorg 24
13 Leonardo Pulcini 20
14 Julien Falchero 15
15 Marcos Siebert 13
16 Tatiana Calderon 6
17 Santino Ferrucci 3
18 Bruno Baptista 2
19 Steijn Schothorst 0
20 Matthieu Vaxiviere 0
21 Dan Ticktum 0
22 Juan Manuel Correa 0


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