Paul Ricard GP3: Ferrari junior Callum Ilott takes first win

Ferrari protege Callum Ilott scored a maiden GP3 Series victory in Sunday's reversed-grid race at Paul Ricard, fending off a brief challenge from Pedro Piquet

Paul Ricard GP3: Ferrari junior Callum Ilott takes first win

ART Grand Prix driver Ilott started on pole for the race, but was immediately despatched by Piquet, son of three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson.

The Trident driver completed a brilliant move at Turn 2 having got a better start than Italian-domiciled Briton Ilott from third on the grid.

But Ilott retook the spot at the long Beausset right-hander later in the lap, and managed to eek out a comfortable margin that he never looked like relinquishing.

An all-rookie top three of GP3 podium debutants was completed by front row starter Joey Mawson.

The Arden driver struggled for overall grip in Saturday's feature race, but showed the progress he has made with his team by taking third.

Alessio Lorandi came under late pressure from a gaggle of suitors for his fourth spot. Four cars diced for it, Lorandi leading a train of Nikita Mazepin, Giuliano Alesi and Anthoine Hubert.

They finished in that order as a close battle in the race's final third didn't yield any position changes.

Hubert, the points leader, survived being hit in the rear-right wheel by ART team-mate Jake Hughes on lap four of 20. He set the fastest lap of the race to add two points to his seventh place finish on the last lap.

Leonardo Pulcini, Ryan Tveter and David Beckmann rounded out the top 10, Beckmann having started 18th before a brilliant drive through the field.

Dorian Boccolacci could only manage 14th after starting at the back thanks to being disqualified from his race win the previous day.

Both Boccolacci and MP Motorsport team-mate Niko Kari were excluded from race one because their cars didn't have enough fuel for a sample to be taken by scrutineers.

DRS was again switched off by the organisers for the race distance.

Sprint race result

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 15 28m35.270s
2 Pedro Piquet Trident 15 3.491s
3 Joey Mawson Arden International 15 5.037s
4 Alessio Lorandi Trident 15 6.076s
5 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 15 6.799s
6 Giuliano Alesi Trident 15 7.045s
7 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 15 8.464s
8 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 15 12.845s
9 Ryan Tveter Trident 15 13.197s
10 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 15 14.474s
11 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 15 17.604s
12 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 15 21.339s
13 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 15 22.040s
14 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 15 22.222s
15 Julien Falchero Arden International 15 23.587s
16 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 15 59.395s
17 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 15 1m14.335s
- Niko Kari MP Motorsport 4 Retirement
- Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 0 Retirement
- Gabriel Aubry Arden International 0 Retirement

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Anthoine Hubert 63
2 Nikita Mazepin 49
3 Giuliano Alesi 42
4 Callum Ilott 36
5 Leonardo Pulcini 29
6 Pedro Piquet 22
7 Dorian Boccolacci 20
8 Alessio Lorandi 18
9 Joey Mawson 16
10 Juan Manuel Correa 14
11 Jake Hughes 11
12 David Beckmann 8
13 Niko Kari 4
14 Simo Laaksonen 1
15 Diego Menchaca 1
16 Ryan Tveter 0
17 Julien Falchero 0
18 Christian Lundgaard 0
19 Gabriel Aubry 0
20 Will Palmer 0
21 Tatiana Calderon 0

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