Hadjar wins wet-to-dry Formula 3 feature race

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Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar won the Austrian FIA Formula 3 feature race from pole position in drying conditions which saw drivers struggle with tyres.

The race started in wet conditions, with all drivers obliged to take wet tyres for the 25 laps. Isack Hadjar had claimed pole during Friday qualifying, with championship leader Victor Martins lining up alongside him.

It was a rolling start, as rain continued to pour down on the track. The Safety Sar came in after the formation lap but drivers continued in treacherously wet conditions with massive amounts of standing water on track.

Hadjar held the lead on the rolling start and he and Martins effectively separated from the pack for the rest of the race. The only wobbly moment for Hadjar was on lap two, when he ran wide at turn one and nearly allowed Martins an opportunity to overtake.

Martins made an error on lap four, sending him into a spin and nearly losing touch with Hadjar out of turn nine but able to continue having held onto second as the chasing field had been spread out due to the conditions.

The rain had stopped by lap nine and a drying line was emerging, leaving many drivers leaving the racing line to cool their wet tyres over the damp patches that still remained around the circuit.

Several clashes between drivers impacted the race. Zdenek Chovanec and Federico Malvestiti hit each other on lap 15 to no real effect and Chovanec again made contact with team mate Francesco Pizzi, leaving him stuck in a gravel trap.

Despite a late-race Safety Car, from laps 21 to 23, Hadjar controlled the race and was able to stay out ahead. Martins took second place, with Oliver Bearman completing the podium.

Martins holds the championship lead but by just one point, ahead of rookie Hadjar, on 98 and 97 points respectively.

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Formula 3 Austria race two results

118Isack HadjarHitech
27Victor MartinsART
36Oliver BearmanPrema
44Arthur LeclercPrema
53Zane MaloneyTrident
62Roman StanekTrident
729Franco ColapintoHWA
811Alexander SmolyarMP
925William AlataloJenzer
1023Ido CohenJenzer
119Juan Manuel CorreaART
1220David VidalesCampos
1331Reece UshijimaHWA
148Gregoire SaucyART
1530Rafael VillagomezHWA
1619Alexander SmolyarMP
1726Zak O’SullivanCarlin
1828Enzo TrulliCarlin
1914Laszlo TothCharouz
2027Brad BenavidesCarlin
211Jonny EdgarTrident
225Jak CrawfordPrema
2317Kaylen FrederickHitech
2416Francesco PizziCharouz
2512Kush MainiMP
2624Federico MalvestitiJenzer
2710Caio ColletMP
2815Zdenek ChovanecCharouz
2922Pepe MartiCampos

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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One comment on “Hadjar wins wet-to-dry Formula 3 feature race”

  1. I happened to watch this race, it was quite a bit of water, possibly would have been a red flag for F1 cars with such weather!

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