Logan Sargeant Dominates F3 Silverstone Race One to Claim Championship Lead

Logan Sargeant took maiden F3 victory and championship lead with a dominant performance. (Image credit: Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

Logan Sargeant dominated the opening race of the second Silverstone weekend to take a maiden F3 victory and the championship lead. 

Sargeant made a clean start from pole position to comfortably hold the lead throughout this race en route to his first win in F3, ahead of Great Britain’s Jake Hughes who held second place after passing Liam Lawson on entry to The Loop on the opening lap.  

Sargeant consequently took the championship lead by six points after Oscar Piastri overcame pre-race engine issues to only finish seventh. 

Speaking post race on his victory, Sargeant said; “I am extremely happy. It’s my first win in F3, and I am glad that it came in a Race 1. 

“A big thank you to Prema, they have done a fantastic job all weekend so far and now we are going to focus on tomorrow and try and make up some positions”

Lawson rounded off the podium after fending off Sargeant’s Prema teammate, Frederik Vesti for majority of the race as the Dane received a warning for unnecessary weaving on Hangar Straight when battling Theo Pourchaire. 

David Beckmann, Pourchaire, Piastri, Bent Viscaal, Clement Novalak and Lirim Zendeli rounded out the top ten, with Zendeli initially clinching reverse grid pole for Race Two. 

Novalak’s fellow Carlin and British teammate, Ben Barnicoat finished just outside of the points in 11th until a post race penalty elevated him to tenth as Novalak slipped to 13th, whilst Hitech GP’s Max Fewtrell and Olli Caldwell of Trident could only manage 16th and 21st placed finishes respectively. 

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Sargeant got a clean start to lead Hughes, Lawson plus rest of field en route to a dominant win. (Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

A clean start saw everyone get away well with Sargeant quickly building a lead of one second as Hughes fought Lawson throughout the opening four corners, ultimately finding the inside line to snatch second at The Loop. 

Jack Doohan who had enjoyed a strong start from his best grid position of seventh damaged his front wing at the start of the second lap, thus ruling him out of contention for points as he tumbled down the order. 

Vesti and Pourchaire meanwhile battled hard in the early stages with the latter enjoying two unsuccessful attempts to pass the Dane into Luffield then Stowe for fourth on lap three. 

Pourchaire eventually paid the price for failing to find his way past Vesti when he tried the switchback through Stowe, only to drift wide through Vale and lose fifth position to Beckmann through Club corner. 

Further down the field, Jenzer duo of Calan Williams and Frederico Malvestiti collided at Stowe on lap four to put both drivers out of the race. 

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The race then settled down until lap 15 when Pourchaire locked up into Brooklands and Viscaal dived down the inside to take sixth, although the Frenchman would reclaim his position three laps later.

Pourchaire made a late move on Viscaal into Stowe but drifted wide at Vale to open up a gap for Viscaal into Club, who ultimately found himself squeezed wide onto the kerb as Pourchaire clinched sixth ahead of Piastri who demoted the Dutchman to eighth. 

Lawson and Vesti meanwhile had caught up to Hughes in the last few laps but Sebastian Fernandez collided with Matteo Nannini on entry to Stowe, sending the Italian spinning into the gravel and yellow flags deployed to prevent any overtaking. 

Sargeant therefore won from Hughes and Lawson as Vesti had to settle for fourth due to yellow flags preventing a final lap move into Stowe, with Beckmann, Pourchaire, Piastri and Viscaal completing the top eight. 

Novalak produced a strong drive to ninth and will start tomorrow’s reverse grid race from second, behind Zendeli who finished tenth to clinch pole for Race Two, as Ben Barnicoat missed out on his first F3 points by 0.537s. 

Barnicoat however picked up reverse grid pole following a post race penalty for Novalak following an illegal pass on Zendeli.

 

Race Result

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Logan Sargeant Prema 20 36m 14.262
2 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 20 + 1.552
3 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 20 + 2.025
4 Frederik Vesti Prema 20 + 2.339
5 David Beckmann Trident 20 + 4.870
6 Theo Pourchaire  ART GP 20 + 9.370
7 Oscar Piastri Prema 20 + 10.087
8 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 20 + 10.705
9 Lirim Zendeli Trident 20 + 11.535
10 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 20 + 12.072
11 Cameron Das Carlin 20 + 14.284
12 Clement Novalak Carlin 20 + 16.082
13 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP 20 + 17.215
14 Alex Peroni Campos 20 + 17.715
15 David Schumacher Charouz 20 + 20.475
16 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 20 + 21.368
17 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 20 + 22.278
18 Igor Fraga Charouz 20 + 22.971
19 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 20 + 23.441
20 Sophia Floersch Campos 20 + 24.078
21 Olli Caldwell Trident 20 + 24.369
22 Roman Stanek Charouz 20 + 25.014
23 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 20 + 31.254
24 Sebastian Fernandez ART GP 20 + 33.229
25 Alessio Deledda  Campos 20 + 39.766
26 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab 20 + 1m 32.538
27 Matteo Nannini Jenzer 18 Collision
28 Calan Williams Jenzer 3 Collision
29 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer 3 Collision
30 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 2 Technical

 

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