Hadjar pounces on Martins to claim sprint race win

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Isack Hadjar has won the Formula 3 sprint race at Silverstone, having laid in wait until the penultimate lap to pass early leader Victor Martins.

Reece Ushijima had taken pole position on the partially-reversed grid, ahead of championship leader Martins. The original start was aborted when Brad Benavides slowed on the circuit, the Carlin driver eventually pulling into the pits.

The race started the second time and Martins took the lead off the line, almost immediately drawing out several car lengths over Ushijima and Kush Maini, the pair battling for second position on the opening lap.

Ushijima broke away and by lap six was challenging Martins for the lead. But the desperately defending Martins forced Ushijima wide at Stowe, after which he lost touch with the leader.

By lap eight Isack Hadjar had managed to get close to Ushijima, attempting an unsuccessful pass around Copse before making the move stick through Stowe, immediately pulling away.

Laszlo Toth and Zdenek Chovanec collided on lap 10, with Chovanec coming out the worse of the two Charouz team mates. He was unable to keep going to the pits, so the Safety Car was deployed.

The race resumed on lap 13 with Martins narrowly keeping the lead from Hadjar. But his lead had been slashed and Hadjar was consistently within his DRS range.

By lap 15 Hadjar was even closer, within three tenths of Martins but not quite able to pass yet. An error by Martins saw him run wide ahead of the Hangar Straight but Hadjar fell just short of taking advantage of the mistake.

However, the gap had now closed enough that on lap 16 Hadjar managed to replicate his move on Ushijima through Stowe, claiming the lead on the penultimate tour. Hadjar was the first to see the chequered flag, with Martins holding on to second and Ushijima third.

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Formula 3 Great Britain race one results

Position Car Driver Team
1 18 Isack Hadjar Hitech
2 7 Victor Martins ART
3 31 Reece Ushijima HWA
4 12 Kush Maini MP
5 17 Kaylen Frederick Hitech
6 2 Roman Stanek Trident
7 3 Zane Maloney Trident
8 4 Arthur Leclerc Prema
9 6 Oliver Bearman Prema
10 5 Jak Crawford Prema
11 10 Caio Collet MP
12 20 David Vidales Campos
13 29 Franco Colapinto HWA
14 26 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin
15 1 Jonny Edgar Trident
16 21 Hunter Yeany Campos
17 23 Ido Cohen Jenzer
18 8 Gregoire Saucy ART
19 25 William Alatalo Jenzer
20 22 Pepe Marti Campos
21 9 Juan Manuel Correa ART
22 19 Nazim Azman Hitech
23 30 Rafael Villagomez HWA
24 11 Filip-Ioan Ugran MP
25 16 Francesco Pizzi Charouz
26 24 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer
27 28 Enzo Trulli Carlin
28 27 Brad Benavides Carlin
29 14 Laszlo Toth Charouz
30 15 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz

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3 comments on “Hadjar pounces on Martins to claim sprint race win”

  1. The boy’s a star. Rookies schooling sophomores, you love to see it.

    Finally some good Red Bull Hitech news after the entire Vips debacle from the last few days.

    1. Also @hazelsouthwell, Vidales and Edgar’s names seem to feature twice on the finishing order list.

    2. Hadjar was already one of the fastest driver in FRECA but lacked consistency (pretty usual for a rookie).
      He’s still really fast in F3 and seems to learn fast. If he keeps improving, he might have a really great career in motorsport. Also, he sounds like a really good kid, so that’s a plus.

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