Silverstone F3: Lawson fends off Piastri for victory

Jamie Klein
·4 min read

Hitech driver Lawson shared the front row with first-time poleman Logan Sargeant, but passed the American driver with a gutsy move around the outside of Stowe on the first lap of 25 to grab an early advantage.

After a brief virtual safety car period, caused by Matteo Nannini coming to a stop at Luffield, Lawson managed to escape from Sargeant to the tune of one second by the sixth lap.

Piastri then passed Prema stablemate Sargeant to take over as Lawson’s main challenger by passing at Stowe with the help of DRS, and had reduced the gap to half a second by lap 9.

After a failed attack the following lap, Piastri nearly made an outside move at Stowe stick on lap 11 as he and Lawson ran side-by-side through Vale and Club, with Lawson hanging on.

At the end of the next lap, the safety car was deployed when Jack Doohan clattered into the side of Bent Viscaal’s car, the pair coming to rest against the barriers on the entrance to the national pits at Woodcote.

MP Motorsport’s Viscaal had spun after making contact with Carlin stand-in Ben Barnicoat at Luffield, leaving HWA driver Doohan with nowhere else to go.

The race resumed on lap 16, with Lawson making a strong restart to stave off Piastri, but the safety car was called again after a three-car incident at Club.

Max Fewtrell – who started fourth but dropped down the order after being forced on to the grass while battling Frederik Vesti on the opening lap – made contact with Oli Caldwell coming through Vale, pitching the Trident driver into a spin.

Lukas Dunner (MP) then collected the stricken Caldwell, tearing the rear end from the Briton’s car and leaving a considerable amount of debris on the track.

It meant the race would ultimately finish under the safety car, with Lawson claiming his first feature race win of 2020 and Renault junior Piastri stretching his points advantage with his third consecutive second-place finish.

Sargeant completed the podium in third, while Jake Hughes (HWA) took his best finish of the year so far in fourth having passed Vesti (Prema) around half-distance.

Alexander Peroni was sixth for Campos having started in the same position, the result of having a laptime in qualifying that was originally deleted reinstated.

Completing the scorers were Sebastian Fernandez (ART), Clement Novalak (Carlin) and David Beckmann (Trident) and Alexander Smolyar (ART), who grabbed 10th from Richard Verschoor (MP) on the final green-flag lap to take reverse-grid pole for Sunday’s sprint race.

After being nudged into the Luffield gravel by Viscaal, Barnicoat completed his first single-seater race since 2016 in 20th place, two spots ahead of Sophia Floersch (Campos), who was tipped into a spin by Red Bull junior Dennis Hauger on the opening lap.

Race results:

1

5

New Zealand

Liam Lawson

United Kingdom

HitechGP

20

 

2

1

Australia

Oscar Piastri

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

1.060

3

3

United States

Logan Sargeant

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

2.698

4

15

United Kingdom

Jake Hughes

Germany

HWA AG

20

5.127

5

2

Denmark

Frederik Vesti

Italy

Prema Powerteam

20

9.087

6

29

Australia

Alexander Peroni

Spain

Campos Racing

20

11.298

7

9

Venezuela

Sebastian Fernandez

France

ART Grand Prix

20

13.542

8

26

United Kingdom

Clement Novalak

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

15.461

9

11

Germany

David Beckmann

Italy

Trident

20

17.847

10

8

Russian Federation

Alexander Smolyar

France

ART Grand Prix

20

21.295

11

17

Netherlands

Richard Verschoor

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

20

24.424

12

7

France

Theo Pourchaire

France

ART Grand Prix

20

30.609

13

10

Germany

Lirim Zendeli

Italy

Trident

20

34.001

14

20

Australia

Calan Williams

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

20

35.534

15

24

Brazil

Igor Fraga

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

20

36.587

16

6

Norway

Dennis Hauger

United Kingdom

HitechGP

20

43.637

17

23

Czech Republic

Roman Staněk

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

20

45.157

18

14

Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi

Germany

HWA AG

20

46.350

19

21

Italy

Federico Malvestiti

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

20

47.149

20

27

United Kingdom

Ben Barnicoat

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

49.118

21

28

United States

Cameron Das

United Kingdom

Carlin

20

50.073

22

31

Germany

Sophia Flörsch

Spain

Campos Racing

20

51.724

23

30

Italy

Alessio Deledda

Spain

Campos Racing

20

55.015

24

22

Italy

Matteo Nannini

Switzerland

Jenzer Motorsport

20

1'03.739

25

25

Germany

David Schumacher

Czech Republic

Charouz Racing System

19

1 Lap

 

12

United Kingdom

Olli Caldwell

Italy

Trident

15

 

 

4

United Kingdom

Max Fewtrell

United Kingdom

HitechGP

15

 

 

19

Austria

Lukas Dunner

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

15

 

 

18

Netherlands

Bent Viscaal

Netherlands

MP Motorsport

11

 

 

16

Australia

Jack Doohan

Germany

HWA AG

11

 

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