Mini wins sprint race as Borteleto snatches second at final corner

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Gabriele Mini led home championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto after a late Safety Car restart to win the Formula 3 sprint race in Hungary.

The two drivers were separated by 4.2 seconds at the chequered flag, with Nikita Bedrin joining them in the top three for his first podium in the series.

Mini started from pole position on a partially-reversed grid and Bedrin joined him on the front row. Christian Mansell, who clinched his first F3 podium at the last race weekend at Silverstone, and Bortoleto lined up directly behind on a dry track.

As the lights went out, Bedrin took the lead for the first time in his F3 career with a daring move around the outside of turn one. Various drivers then pitted at the end of lap one after a sector two collision further back in the field, which included Ido Cohen retiring from the race.

Soon after, there was a change for the final podium position on lap five. Bortoleto overtook Mansell down the inside of turn one with that proving to be a prime overtaking spot.

As Paul Aron could sense a vulnerable Mansell struggling for pace, on lap six he attempted an overtake at turn one for fourth. He moved down the inside but could not make it stick, however the Mercedes junior then inched ahead on the following straight.

Yet Aron suddenly went wide at turn two, and Mansell regained fourth position. Two laps later, there was another change further ahead as Mini regained the lead with an overtake on Bedrin down the start-finish straight.

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The DRS effect was especially powerful along the pit straight into turn one, and the subsequent laps saw various drivers outside of the points make an overtake in that manner.

But it also proved to be a place that could become dangerous. On lap 12 Zak O’Sullivan attempted to overtake Nikola Tsolov for eighth, but he locked up on the inside and collided with the Alpine junior.

This gave the Prema driver front wing damage and a subsequent pit-stop caused him to drop out of the points. The race was soon thrown into frenzy in the late stages.

The next lap, Sebastian Montoya, who was involved in the lap one collision, stopped in sector three. A short Virtual Safety Car period was upgraded to a full Safety Car – much to the frustration of Mini and Bedrin who had been over seven seconds clear of the field.

Mini managed the lap 17 restart well, while Aron and Mansell were in wheel-to-wheel battle for fourth amid a spin from Pepe Marti at turn one after being hit by Tsolov.

The battle between Aron and Mansell lasted much of the first secotr, where the Campos driver initially held on with his aggressive defending. But Aron completed his attack on the inside of turn three, just seconds before Mansell lost fifth-place to Oliver Goethe into the following corner.

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Marti’s collision with Tsolov caused a second brief VSC period before the race was back under green conditions. From there, it was a two-lap shootout until the end, where Bortoleto applied the pressure to Bedrin.

It came to a conclusion on the final lap where, after being all over the back of Bedrin, Bortoleto clinched second with an overtake at the final corner. As that happened, Mini crossed the line for his second victory of the season.

Behind Aron, Goethe and Mansell in sixth, Franco Colapinto, Jonny Edgar, Gregoire Saucy and Dino Beganovic in tenth rounded up the points positions.

The race extends Bortoleto’s championship lead over Marti to 48 points, with Mini in third, five points behind the Campos driver with five races remaining.

Formula 3 Hungary race one results

115Gabriele MinìHitech
25Gabriel BortoletoTrident
326Nikita BedrinJenzer
41Paul AronPrema
56Oliver GoetheTrident
624Christian MansellCampos
710Franco ColapintoMP
812Jonny EdgarMP
98Gregoire SaucyART
102Dino BeganovicPrema
1116Luke BrowningHitech
1227Taylor BarnardJenzer
137Kaylen FrederickART
1417Maxwell EstersonVan Amersfoort
154Leonardo FornaroliTrident
1620Caio ColletMP
1729Sophia FloerschPHM Racing by Charouz
1818Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort
1921Max EstersonRodin Carlin
2030Roberto FariaPHM Racing by Charouz
2123Pepe MartíCampos
2211Mari BoyaMP
233Zak O’SullivanPrema
2419Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
2525Hugh BarterCampos
DNF31Woohyun ShinPHM Racing by Charouz
DNF28Alejandro GarcíaJenzer
DNF9Nikola TsolovART
DNF14Sebastian MontoyaHitech
DNF22Ido CohenRodin Carlin

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3 comments on “Mini wins sprint race as Borteleto snatches second at final corner”

  1. Impressive and mature drive again by Bortoleto, snatching fastest lap and second place. I don’t see how he could loose this championship really, he’s been so consistent and composed week in week out.

  2. playstation361
    23rd July 2023, 6:49

    These F2 and other cars are full of manufacturers taking intrest in development I hope so. Very different places with different advertisers. I hope the FIA intention is to genarate views unsegmented.

  3. Prashanth Ramadas
    23rd July 2023, 6:51

    These F2 and other cars are full of manufacturers taking intrest in development I hope so. Very different places with different advertisers. I hope the FIA intention is to genarate views unsegmented.

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