Piquet eases to Formula 3 race one win at Spa

Pedro Piquet became the eighth winner of the FIA Formula 3 season at Spa, while Robert Shwartzman aided his title hopes with a storming drive through to second

Piquet eases to Formula 3 race one win at Spa

Piquet scarpered away at the start as carnage ensued behind, Jake Hughes the big loser as he was spun out of fifth by Logan Sargeant, while Alex Peroni ended up in the wall after turning in on seventh-place starter Devlin DeFrancesco.

The melee triggered a virtual safety car.

Piquet jumped the restart perfectly and his gap reached almost five seconds at one point, reduced to 2.2 seconds by the finish in what was a textbook drive. It is Trident Racing's first win of the year at a track it won at in GP3 in 2018.

Prema Racing's Shwartzman started fourth and fell back initially, but worked his way back through the order, the Ferrari and SMP junior crucially passing his polesitting, title-contending team-mate Jehan Daruvala for second on lap 14 of 17.

On the first lap after passing Daruvala, Shwartzman took 1.2s out of Piquet's lead but struggled to make further inroads.

Daruvala held on for third after a battle in the closing stages allowed the incredible Christian Lundgaard to take fourth.

Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda had his best starting spot of the season in third for Jenzer Motorsport and battled hard against Leonardo Pulcini, Daruvala and Shwartzman but ultimately he had to let them go.

Tsunoda had held fellow Red Bull junior Juri Vips at bay and held fifth behind Pulcini comfortably until the last two laps.

Vips had a nightmare start and was only really saved by being promoted after the Hughes/Sargeant incident at Turn 7, and sat behind Tsunoda in sixth for most of the race.

Vips went three-wide with Tsunoda and the charging Christian Lundgaard at Turn 7 on the final tour as all three jumped Pulcini.

In the three-wide move, Lundgaard and Tsunoda went wide and allowed Vips through.

But on the last lap, Renault junior Lundgaard - who started 14th for ART Grand Prix - put Hitech Grand Prix's Vips under pressure. Vips locked up into the final turn on the last lap and gifted Lundgaard fourth, with Tsunoda and Hitech's Pulcini sixth and seventh.

Marcus Armstrong made sure all three Prema-run cars reached the top eight, having started 19th after a scruffy qualifying.

The Kiwi Ferrari junior starts from the reversed-grid pole in Sunday's race after scything through the field on Saturday morning.

The ARTs of Max Fewtrell and David Beckmann - who won this race in GP3 last year - rounded out the top 10.

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Time Gap Code
1 Pedro Piquet Trident Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m40.863s - CLA
2 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m43.085s 2.222s CLA
3 Jehan Daruvala Prema Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m48.484s 7.621s CLA
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m55.700s 14.837s CLA
5 Juri Vips Hitech GP Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m56.361s 15.498s CLA
6 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m57.010s 16.147s CLA
7 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m58.587s 17.724s CLA
8 Marcus Armstrong Prema Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 17 37m59.524s 18.661s CLA
9 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m00.209s 19.346s CLA
10 David Beckmann ART Grand Prix Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m07.742s 26.879s CLA
11 Teppei Natori Carlin Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m13.328s 32.465s CLA
12 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m14.044s 33.181s CLA
13 Logan Sargeant Carlin Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m16.401s 35.538s CLA
14 Keyvan Andres HWA Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m16.614s 35.751s CLA
15 Yifei Ye Hitech GP Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m17.584s 36.721s CLA
16 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m18.402s 37.539s CLA
17 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m21.869s 41.006s CLA
18 Felipe Drugovich Carlin Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m22.220s 41.357s CLA
19 Niko Kari Trident Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m22.305s 41.442s CLA
20 Bent Viscaal HWA Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m23.166s 42.303s CLA
21 Jake Hughes HWA Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m23.870s 43.007s CLA
22 Lirim Zendeli Charouz Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m24.672s 43.809s CLA
23 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m32.908s 52.045s CLA
24 Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m33.974s 53.111s CLA
25 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m36.015s 55.152s CLA
26 Raoul Hyman Charouz Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m37.317s 56.454s CLA
27 Fabio Scherer Charouz Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m40.329s 59.466s CLA
28 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 17 38m44.291s 1m03.428s CLA
29 Devlin Defrancesco Trident Dallara/Mecachrome 17 39m17.569s 1m36.706s CLA
- Alex Peroni Campos Racing Dallara/Mecachrome 0 - Retirement DNF

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