Dennis Hauger increases his lead in the championship after the race 3 victory at Hungaroring in tricky weather conditions.
After two exciting and dramatic races on Saturday, Formula 3 action at Hungaroring concluded with the final race of the weekend on Sunday morning.
Weather spiced things up as the track was wet and the race intensified before the race start. The race control decided to have a formation lap behind the Safety Car and there was a rolling start.
After several laps behind the Safety Car, the race got underway. The polesitter Arthur Leclerc stayed in the race lead, while Trident teammates had a battle for third. Victor Martins had a collision with Oliver Rasmussen and went to the barrier – he damaged his front wing, however, kept on going. The Safety Car was deployed.
No rain was expected, so the drivers had to deal with the drying track. After a brief Safety Car period, the race was resumed. Leclerc remained the race leader, ahead of Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan. Olli Caldwell went wide in turn 1, making a contact with Frederik Vesti, and lost the 8th position to the race 1 winner Ayumu Iwasa.
The championship leader Hauger was putting pressure on his teammate in the battle for the race lead. Hauger tried to make a move, but failed to complete it, which allowed Doohan to get closer to the Norwegian. However, Hauger made a magnificent move around the outside in turn 2 for the race lead. Hauger started to make a gap, but as the track kept drying up, Leclerc got much closer.
Track conditions became a huge challenge for the drivers because they needed to avoid overheating went tires on a drying surface. The race 2 winner Matteo Nannini got dry tires on, but he had a slow pit stop. Roman Stanek and Amaury Cordeel had a contact in the final sector.
The Safety Car was back on the track after a big shunt, involving Ido Cohen and Laszlo Toth. With just a couple of laps left, the race was finished behind the Safety Car. This meant that Hauger would take his third victory of the season and get closer to the title. Leclerc crossed the finish line second, while Doohan completed the podium.
The top 10 of the Formula 3 race 3 in Hungary:
|1||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||40:15.030|
|2||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||+1.345|
|6||Alexander Smolyar||ART GP||+3.405|
|7||Frederik Vesti||ART GP||+3.659|
|8||Olli Caldwell||PREMA Racing||+4.964|
|9||Enzo Fittipaldi||Charouz Racing System||+5.242|
|10||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||+5.461|