Collet wins while Correa claims first podium finish since his Spa crash

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Caio Collet won the FIA Formula 3 sprint race at Zandvoort from fourth place on the partially-reversed grid.

It only took one turn for Collet to claim second place with a brilliant double move around the outside of Zak O’Sullivan and Gregoire Saucy.

Collet then applied pressure to pole winner Juan Manuel Correa, making his first attempted overtaking move around the outside of turn one on lap four. After getting front wheels ahead briefly, Collet ran onto the outside kerb and lost traction.

Although Correa had thwarted that first attempt, he couldn’t sustain his advantage for long. Collet made a similar move on the next lap, sweeping around the outside of turn one again then completing the move at turn three, the MP Motorsport driver lunging up the inside.

After taking the lead, Collet was left relatively unchallenged as he maintained a comfortable two-second gap to Correa. He went on to take his second sprint race victory in the past five races, having also won in Budapest, and moves up to eighth in the F3 standings on the penultimate weekend.

Correa therefore stood on the podium for the first time since his terrible Formula 2 crash at Spa three years ago, which left him with serious leg injuries and claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert.

Collet and Correa were joined on the podium by Williams junior O’Sullivan ahead of Jonny Edgar. Saucy eventually finished fifth despite starting in second.

Next was Isack Hadjar, who extended his lead at the top of the championship to three points. Rival Victor Martins took second off Oliver Bearman in the standings after finishing seventh.

Sebastian Montoya, son of former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, took a fine eighth on his debut in F3. Zak Crawford came ninth, remaining sixth in the championship standings, followed by Roman Stanek.

It was a costly race for Bearman’s championship hopes. He came home outside of the top 10 after losing a place to fellow title contender Stanek on lap 16. With the two tight in battle for tenth, Bearman ran slightly wide at the exit of turn three, which allowed Stanek to go through and take the final points-paying position.

Stanek made an impressive recovery after a close moment at the start with Franco Colapinto, who nudged the back of his car, causing the Trident driver to lose a couple of positions. By recovering to finish inside the points, Stanek remains fifth in the championship standings, 14 points off the top.

Bearman now trails leader Hadjar by six points with Arthur Leclerc in fourth after a point-less run to 12th, a late red flag in qualifying having left him 20th on the grid. The top five remain tight in battle for the F3 crown with just three races remaining.

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Formula 3 Netherlands race one results

110Caio ColletMP
29Juan Manuel CorreaART
326Zak O’SullivanCarlin
41Jonny EdgarTrident
58Gregoire SaucyART
618Isack HadjarHitech
77Victor MartinsART
821Sebastian MontoyaCampos
95Jak CrawfordPrema
102Roman StanekTrident
116Oliver BearmanPrema
124Arthur LeclercPrema
1329Franco ColapintoHWA
1411Alexander SmolyarMP
1517Kaylen FrederickHitech
1616Alexander SmolyarMP
173Zane MaloneyTrident
1812Kush MainiMP
1922Pepe MartiCampos
2015David SchumacherCharouz
2120David VidalesCampos
2231Reece UshijimaHWA
2328Enzo TrulliCarlin
2424Federico MalvestitiJenzer
2519Nazim AzmanHitech
2627Brad BenavidesCarlin
2714Laszlo TothCharouz
2830Rafael VillagomezHWA
2923Ido CohenJenzer
3025William AlataloJenzer

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3 comments on “Collet wins while Correa claims first podium finish since his Spa crash”

  1. That’s wonderful news to read, so pleased for Correa. I can’t begin to imagine what he’s been through.

  2. Very happy for Correa, such a long road.
    Surprised by Montoya! Good race and clean fighting.
    Collet speed was mega.

  3. I have to give huge credit to Correa. Not only did he suffer serious injury and then effectively need to take time away from racing in order to complete aspects of his recovery. He has then taken a full step backwards in to F3, needing to battle those demons that many of us could never imagine having to deal with and take his step up again on a podium.

    I give huge credit to Correa for his podium finish.

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