Silverstone F3: Sargeant takes dominant maiden win

Josh Suttill
·3 min read

Prema driver Sargeant started from pole position for the second successive Saturday at the circuit, but this time he was able to convert pole into a lights-to-flag victory.  

The 19-year-old American racer, who finished in a lowly 19th in his first FIA F3 season last year with Carlin, drove into an early race lead as his rivals squabbled behind him.   

On the opening lap, F3 veteran Jake Hughes wrestled second place from Red Bull junior Liam Lawson after the duo ran side-by-side through the opening corners.

HWA's Hughes failed to trouble Sargeant and his second place came under late-pressure from Lawson in the closing stages of the race.  

Lawson was shaping up a final-lap challenge, but this was called off when ART Grand Prix’s Sebastian Fernandez collided with the Jenzer-run car of Matteo Nannini on the entry to Stowe on the penultimate lap of the race. 

This brought out double-waved yellow flags and Lawson was unable to make his move, leaving Hughes – whom he collided with while fighting for the win in the Styrian GP reverse-grid race - to scoop second place and his first podium of the year.  

Hitech driver Lawson claimed third place ahead of reigning Formula Regional European champion Frederik Vesti in the second of the Prema cars.

Vesti started the race from fourth place but faced an intense battle with ART’s Theo Pourchaire to keep his position.  

Pourchaire sold Vesti a dummy on the Hangar Straight to dive to the inside at Stowe halfway through the race, but Vesti clung onto the position around the outside of the corner.  

Trident’s David Beckmann pounced at the final corner and passed Pourchaire while Vesti received a warning from the stewards for his defensive tactics – similar to those which stripped Pourchaire’s teammate Alexander Smolyar of a maiden win last Sunday.  

Beckmann continued his strong season with a fifth-place finish ahead of Pourchaire and the recovering former championship leader Oscar Piastri in the final Prema entry.

Renault junior Piastri started from 11th on the grid after his car stopped twice in qualifying and fought back to claim seventh place, although he loses his points lead to Sargeant. 

MP Motorsport’s Bent Viscaal picked up his second points finish of the year in eighth place ahead of the lead Carlin driver, Clement Novalak.  

Beckmann’s teammate Lirim Zendeli will start Sunday’s reverse-grid race from pole position after narrowly beating single-seater returnee Ben Barnicoat to 10th place and the final point.

Race results:

1

3

United States

Logan Sargeant

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

 

2

15

United Kingdom

Jake Hughes

Germany

HWA AG

20

1.552

3

5

New Zealand

Liam Lawson

United Kingdom

HitechGP

20

2.025

4

2

Denmark

Frederik Vesti

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

2.339

5

11

Germany

David Beckmann

Italy

Trident

20

4.870

6

7

France

Theo Pourchaire

France

ART Grand Prix

20

9.370

7

1

Australia

Oscar Piastri

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

10.087

8

18

Netherlands

Bent Viscaal

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

20

10.705

9

26

United Kingdom

Clement Novalak

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

11.082

10

10

Germany

Lirim Zendeli

Italy

Trident

20

11.535

11

27

United Kingdom

Ben Barnicoat

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

12.072

12

28

United States

Cameron Das

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

14.284

13

8

Russian Federation

Alexander Smolyar

France

ART Grand Prix

20

17.215

14

29

Australia

Alexander Peroni

Spain

Campos Racing

20

17.715

15

25

Germany

David Schumacher

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

20

20.475

16

4

United Kingdom

Max Fewtrell

United Kingdom

HitechGP

20

21.368

17

14

Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi

Germany

HWA AG

20

22.278

18

24

Brazil

Igor Fraga

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

20

22.971

19

17

Netherlands

Richard Verschoor

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

20

23.441

20

31

Germany

Sophia Flörsch

Spain

Campos Racing

20

24.078

21

12

United Kingdom

Olli Caldwell

Italy

Trident

20

24.369

22

23

Czech Republic

Roman Staněk

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

20

25.014

23

19

Austria

Lukas Dunner

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

20

31.254

24

9

Venezuela

Sebastian Fernandez

France

ART Grand Prix

20

33.229

25

30

Italy

Alessio Deledda

Spain

Campos Racing

20

39.766

26

16

Australia

Jack Doohan

Germany

HWA AG

20

1'32.538

27

22

Italy

Matteo Nannini

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

18

2 Laps

 

20

Australia

Calan Williams

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

5

 

 

21

Italy

Federico Malvestiti

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

5

 

 

6

Norway

Dennis Hauger

United Kingdom

HitechGP

2

 

View full results