Red Bull Ring GP3: Ferrari's Callum Ilott into points lead with win

Ferrari Academy GP3 driver Callum Ilott won Saturday's Red Bull Ring feature race, as his title-contending ART Grand Prix team-mates Anthoine Hubert and Nikita Mazepin crashed into each other

Red Bull Ring GP3: Ferrari's Callum Ilott into points lead with win

Hubert had started 19th after stopping on track in qualifying when grass collected from an off at the final turn sent his engine temperature soaring.

The Frenchman had worked his way up to eighth and was trying to pass David Beckmann at Turn 9, when Mazepin dived up his inside.

Hubert took the racing line and Mazepin had nowhere to go, clipping Hubert's right-rear and sending him into a spin.

After that Hubert could only manage 18th and Mazepin 13th, meaning Ilott jumps into the championship lead with his second straight win.

Before the race Ilott had claimed that a good start and building a one-second lead would be vital, to remain out of DRS range of the driver behind.

That plan looked to have fallen apart when he got a great start but there was a safety car for Joey Mawson who stopped on track before Turn 1.

But a brilliant restart allowed Ilott to build a 1.7s lead while those behind squabbled over position and he eventually won by a comfortable margin.

Behind, Leonardo Pulcini passed Jake Hughes just before the safety car for third, and took second from Alessio Lorandi on lap seven of 24.

After initially catching Ilott, Pulcini fell away and had to settle for second.

Lorandi, still racing with a plate in his shoulder from an injury earlier this year, maintained his third place from qualifying to secure an excellent podium.

Pedro Piquet made it into the top four after an eventful race, his place assured by a move on second-place qualifier Hughes with six laps to go.

Hughes hadn't qualified in the top 10 this season before Austria and will be happy to get good points on the board, although his race pace didn't match Ilott's.

Giuliani Alesi passed practice-pacesetting Trident team-mate Ryan Tveter at the Turn 3 hairpin on the final lap to take sixth

Beckmann had to fight Simo Laaksonen hard in the closing laps to secure eighth and Sunday's reversed-grid pole. After two instalments of earlier contact with his Jenzer team-mate Juan Manuel Correa, the last resulting in a puncture for Correa, Beckmann was lucky to finish.

Dorian Boccolacci rounded out the top 10 as the best MP Motorsport driver.

Feature race result

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 24 34m11.806s
2 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 24 4.518s
3 Alessio Lorandi Trident 24 10.404s
4 Pedro Piquet Trident 24 11.317s
5 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 24 13.873s
6 Giuliano Alesi Trident 24 14.545s
7 Ryan Tveter Trident 24 15.326s
8 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 24 17.024s
9 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 24 18.946s
10 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 24 19.306s
11 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 24 20.069s
12 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 24 25.390s
13 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 24 27.326s
14 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 24 27.582s
15 Julien Falchero Arden International 24 36.223s
16 Gabriel Aubry Arden International 24 36.687s
17 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 24 52.372s
18 Devlin Defrancesco MP Motorsport 22 2 Laps
19 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 22 2 Laps
- Joey Mawson Arden International 0 Retirement


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