Lorenzo Colombo has won the first Formula 3 race in Hungary, the first win for Campos since the passing of its founder.
It was time for Formula 3 to go racing in Hungary. This first race would see yesterday’s qualifying top 12 reversed, except for fastest man Arthur Leclerc, who got a grid penalty to start 15th.
Jonny Edgar was on pole with Lorenzo Colombo alongside. Ayumu Iwasa was third, with Olli Caldwell rounding ou row two. The track temperature was 20 degrees cooler than yesterday, which helped tire wear, and made the track feel very different.
Everyone got on the formation lap cleanly, and the field of 30 formed up for the race. The lights went out, and Edgar got the best start. He locked up into turn 1 though, and Colombo gave him a run for his money into 2, but Edgar stayed in front. Iwasa trailed the top two, as those behind battled away.
By the end of lap 1, it was line astern, though there were battles for the minor placings as Jack Doohan and Matteo Nannini went side by side through turns 1 and 2. There was nothing between the top 4 as nobody was able to make the move on the tight track. Then Edgar’s engine was broken, and the leader was out of the race, gifting the lead to Colombo.
After that, Colombo bolted and was a second ahead of Iwasa only a few laps later, but tire wear would be an issue at this track, and all the drivers needed to take care. Title leader Dennis Hauger took seventh from David Schumacher.
Then, Vesti was out from inside the top 10, and a safety car was called, which could turn the race on its head. Vesti was not a happy camper as he walked away from his car.
On lap 18, the Safety Car came in, and it was a four-lap sprint to the finish. Colombo made a perfect restart, and Hauger took another spot, passing Alex Smolyar for sixth. At the front though, Colombo was completely unchallenged. He took his maiden win and the first for Campos since their founder passed away in January.
The top 10 of the Formula 3 race 1 in Hungary:
|1||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||37:09.098|
|2||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||+1.825|
|3||Olli Caldwell||PREMA Racing||+2.035|
|4||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||+2.762|
|6||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||+3.616|
|7||Alex Smolyar||ART GP||+4.954|