Spa-Francorchamps F3: Sargeant reclaims title lead with race 2 victory

Logan Sargeant reclaimed the points lead of the FIA Formula 3 Championship with victory in the second race of the Spa-Francorchamps weekend

Spa-Francorchamps F3: Sargeant reclaims title lead with race 2 victory

Sargeant started Sunday's reverse-grid race from third place after falling to eighth place in the first race with engine issues that handed the points lead to his Prema team-mate Oscar Piastri.

19-year-old Sargeant immediately vaulted into second place on the run to Turn 1 when Red Bull junior Liam Lawson made a slow getaway from the front row and dropped down to fifth place.

He then challenged reversed-grid polesitter Richard Verschoor into Les Combes on the opening lap, but Sargeant was forced to run off the track and begrudgingly slotted in behind the 2019 Macau Grand Prix winner Verschoor.

On the third lap, American racer Sargeant eased past MP Motorsport's Verschoor on the exit of Raidillon and the Prema driver was almost already ahead by the time of the DRS activation line such was his speed advantage.

Sargeant's Prema team-mate Frederik Vesti followed him through with an overtake at the same place on the next lap to make it a 1-2 for the Italian junior single-seater behemoth.

Reigning Formula Regional European champion Vesti closed the gap to Sargeant from over two seconds to under one second of his team-mate but couldn't get close enough to make an overtaking attempt.

Sargeant held it together to pick up his second win of the season and the lead of the drivers' championship, while Vesti was forced to settle for second place to earn his first podium finish since claiming his maiden FIA F3 victory in Austria.

Hitech Grand Prix's Lawson recovered from his slow getaway to finish in third place after passing Theo Pourchaire with six laps to go.

Lawson passed Pourchaire into Les Combes, and Pourchaire's ART Grand Prix team-mate Alexander Smolyar was able to swoop around the outside of the Frenchman at the Rivage right-hander for fourth place just a few corners later.

Renault junior Piastri also passed Pourchaire to take the chequered flag in fifth place, but dropped to sixth after the stewards handed him a five-second penalty for an illegal overtake on Verschoor earlier in the race.

2019 Formula Renault Eurocup champion Piastri still finished ahead of Verschoor in sixth place with Saturday's first-time FIA F3 race winner Lirim Zendeli rounding out the top eight positions behind Verschoor.

Ninth place went the way of Zendeli's Trident team-mate David Beckmann, who maintains his record as the only driver to score points in every race of the season.

The final point was earned by ART GP's Sebastian Fernandez, who ends a six-race pointless streak.

F3 Spa-Francorchamps race 2 results - 17 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Logan Sargeant Prema Racing 37m52.233s
2 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 0.801s
3 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 8.736s
4 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 9.480s
5 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 13.401s
6 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 16.157s
7 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 17.158s
8 Lirim Zendeli Trident 23.413s
9 David Beckmann Trident 24.882s
10 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 25.545s
11 Olli Caldwell Trident 27.665s
12 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 31.429s
13 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 32.455s
14 David Schumacher Carlin 37.859s
15 Clement Novalak Carlin 38.940s
16 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 41.046s
17 Jake Hughes HWA 43.725s
18 Roman Stanek Charouz 47.025s
19 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 50.888s
20 Andreas Estner Campos Racing 51.647s
21 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 51.892s
22 Cameron Das Carlin 56.516s
23 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 57.484s
24 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m01.410s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m16.355s
26 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 1m24.425s
27 Igor Fraga Charouz 1 Lap
- Michael Belov Charouz Retirement
- Pierre-Louis Chovet Hitech GP Retirement
- Jack Doohan HWA Retirement


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