Colapinto secures emotional victory for MP Motorsport in damp Silverstone sprint race

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Franco Colapinto won a rain-affected Formula 3 sprint race at Silverstone to secure an emotional victory for MP Motorsport.

Colapinto was third with five laps remaining, but then a collision between the top two of Sebastian Montoya and Taylor Barnard put Colapinto into a lead he kept until the end.

It was an emotional victory for the Williams junior and his team, just a week after the death of fellow MP driver Dilano van ’T Hoff at a Formula Regional European Championship race at Spa.

He was joined on the podium by Gabriel Bortoleto and Christian Mansell in the damp conditions, which caused frenzy throughout.

The race start was delayed by 10 minutes, as weather conditions changed while the cars were on the grid. This presented the choice of switching to wet tyres, but only Gregoire Saucy made the change leaving all front runners on the dry compound.

That included Montoya, who lined up on pole position on the partially reversed grid. Jonny Edgar joined him on the front row, with Barnard and Colapinto starting directly behind.

As the lights went out, Montoya got an excellent start to remain in the lead. Behind, Barnard overtook Edgar for second with a faultless move around the outside of Abbey, but both drivers soon moved down as Colapinto completed a double overtake down the inside of The Loop.

Before the end of the opening lap, Barnard had retaken second while Edgar continuously dropped down the order and was out of the points by lap three.

In the following laps, drivers started to slide with light rain falling while the top four drivers were all within two seconds of each other.

But then a Safety Car period interrupted proceedings on lap eight, due to the conditions continued to worsen. Many drivers used this as an opportunity to pit for wet tyres, but fourth-placed Luke Browning was the only front runner to make the switch. On lap 11, fifth-placed Gabriele Mini was told no more rain was expected with the top 10 all on slick tyres.

Then things drastically changed on the lap 13 restart. Going into Abbey, Barnard hit the back of Montoya which caused the top two to slide off and fall down the order. As Colapinto inherited the race lead, Montoya and Barnard dropped out of the points which left Bortoleto and Mansell in second and third respectively.

However in the midfield, drivers were dramatically changing positions as the wet-tyre runners found a lot more grip than their slick counterparts. This caused many of the dry runners to drop down the order, which left just the top four on slicks in the closing laps.

Montoya, however, was one driver managing the conditions well as the Red Bull junior was making a brilliant recovery drive following his slide off track. By the penultimate lap, he had climbed up to eighth while race leader Colapinto continued to extend his advantage.

The Williams Academy driver then crossed the line 3.7 seconds ahead of Bortoleto, with Mansell finishing in third to collect his first F3 podium after resisting late pressure from Caio Collet on the final lap.

The Van Amersfoort driver therefore took fourth, with Mini, Hugh Barter, Leonardo Fornaroli, Montoya, Ido Cohen and Pepe Marti then rounding up the remaining points positions. The result extends Bortoleto’s championship lead to 44 points over Pepe Marti, with Dino Beganovic in third, one point behind the Campos driver.

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Formula 3 Great Britain race one results

110Franco ColapintoMP
25Gabriel BortoletoTrident
324Christian MansellCampos
417Caio ColletVan Amersfoort
515Gabriele MinìHitech
625Hugh BarterCampos
74Leonardo FornaroliTrident
814Sebastian MontoyaHitech
922Ido CohenRodin Carlin
1023Pepe MartíCampos
1128Alejandro GarcíaJenzer
121Paul AronPrema
132Dino BeganovicPrema
1416Maxwell EstersonHitech
159Nikola TsolovART
163Caio ColletMP
176Oliver GoetheTrident
1826Nikita BedrinJenzer
1929Sophia FloerschPHM Racing by Charouz
2018Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort
2111Mari BoyaMP
2220Oliver GrayRodin Carlin
238Gregoire SaucyART
247Kaylen FrederickART
2531McKenzy CresswellPHM Racing by Charouz
2621Maxwell EstersonRodin Carlin
2730Roberto FariaPHM Racing by Charouz
2819Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
2912Jonny EdgarMP
3027Taylor BarnardJenzer

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3 comments on “Colapinto secures emotional victory for MP Motorsport in damp Silverstone sprint race”

  1. It was pretty decent, but would have been an even better race without that ridiculous SC for no reason.
    They are obviously currently hyper-sensitive to even a little bit of rain after the FREC Spa weekend.
    This was completely safe, visibility was fine and those who wanted wets pitted for them.

  2. One of the races of the year

  3. Arghhh, can you do the race report without spoiling it in the title please

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