Red Bull F1 junior Vips wins Silverstone F3 race from pole

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Juri Vips won the first FIA Formula 3 race of the weekend at Silverstone from pole for Hitech Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 junior Vips wins Silverstone F3 race from pole

Polesitter Vips made a solid start but came under heavy pressure from fast-starting Jehan Daruvala of Prema Racing, and was defensive even in the first quarter of the race.

A virtual safety car intervened on the seventh lap of 20, but after that Vips displayed sensational defensive driving ability, parking his Hitech Grand Prix car on the apex of most corners to hold off the charging Daruvala.

That brought Marcus Armstrong - Daruvala's Ferrari-supported Prema team-mate - into the mix in third after working his way back up the order following a slow start from second.

Daruvala attempted a move at around the outside of Brooklands on Vips for two consecutive laps, running wide on the second attempt which meant he had to defend from front-row starter Armstrong, the two side-by-side at Luffield.

But a full safety car for Raoul Hyman's crash at Copse curtailed the battle, the race restarting on lap 16, with three laps with DRS at the end of the race.

Vips backed the field up inches apart and then launched off Copse at the restart to move clear until lap 18 when DRS was reactivated.

Daruvala was told under safety car to stay further back at Maggotts and Becketts to get a better run onto the Farm Straight by his engineer, but ultimately he was not able to get close enough to challenge Vips and the Estonian took a second win in as many weekends at a time when the spotlight is on the Red Bull junior programme.

Daruvala held on for second ahead of Armstrong and Vips' team-mate Leonardo Pulcini, setting fastest lap in the process and taking the points lead from Robert Shwartzman.

Pulcini was a pre-season title favourite but has struggled to deliver so far this year, but his third place continues his improved form from last time out at the Red Bull Ring.

Shwartzman rounded out the top five, passing ART Grand Prix's Christian Lundgaard late on.

Pedro Piquet also passed Lundgaard to take sixth for Trident Racing, Lundgaard stalling to seventh in the closing stages.

The youngest driver on the grid, Liam Lawson, will give Red Bull-backed drivers a chance at a double as he starts from reversed-grid pole in Sunday's race for MP Motorsport, holding off HWA's Jake Hughes in the closing laps.

Campos Racing's Alex Peroni rounded out the top 10, having started 21st.

Race result - 20 laps

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Juri Vips Hitech GP 20 41m12.477s -
2 Jehan Daruvala Prema Racing 20 41m13.288s 0.811s
3 Marcus Armstrong Prema Racing 20 41m13.790s 1.313s
4 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP 20 41m14.415s 1.938s
5 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 20 41m14.713s 2.236s
6 Pedro Piquet Trident 20 41m17.778s 5.301s
7 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 20 41m19.312s 6.835s
8 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport 20 41m19.583s 7.106s
9 Jake Hughes HWA 20 41m19.782s 7.305s
10 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 20 41m20.793s 8.316s
11 David Beckmann ART Grand Prix 20 41m21.313s 8.836s
12 Yifei Ye Hitech GP 20 41m21.739s 9.262s
13 Felipe Drugovich Carlin 20 41m23.738s 11.261s
14 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport 20 41m26.181s 13.704s
15 Lirim Zendeli Charouz 20 41m27.082s 14.605s
16 Fabio Scherer Charouz 20 41m28.410s 15.933s
17 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 20 41m31.004s 18.527s
18 Niko Kari Trident 20 41m31.816s 19.339s
19 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix 20 41m32.322s 19.845s
20 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing 20 41m32.532s 20.055s
21 Keyvan Andres HWA 20 41m33.046s 20.569s
22 Bent Viscaal HWA 20 41m33.745s 21.268s
23 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 20 41m33.996s 21.519s
24 Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport 20 41m34.255s 21.778s
25 Teppei Natori Carlin 20 41m34.421s 21.944s
26 Logan Sargeant Carlin 20 41m41.267s 28.790s
27 Devlin Defrancesco Trident 20 42m07.933s 55.456s
- Raoul Hyman Charouz 10 19m14.902s Retirement
- Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 6 11m13.452s Retirement
- Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 6 11m46.183s Retirement
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