Bent Viscaal took victory for MP Motorsport in the Silverstone sprint race, passing long-time leader Lirim Zendelli on the final lap.
Zendelli and Viscaal started second and third on the reverse grid and got a much better start than polesitter Ben Barnicoat to jump into the lead into Turn 1. While Zendelli and Viscaal pulled away in front, Barnicoat found himself under pressure to hold third from David Beckmann, Theo Pourchaire and Liam Lawson, who had all leapt past Oscar Piastri off the line.
The battles for first and third were halted on lap 2 when Lukas Dunner and Calan Williams came together to bring out the safety car. When the race resumed on lap 6, Zendelli and Viscaal once again moved clear of the pack with several seconds back to Barnicoat.
Despite being separated by just half a second for most of the remaining 15 laps, Zendelli held the lead from Viscaal without challenge until the final lap. After setting successive fastest laps and bringing the gap down to just a few tenths, Viscaal made a late dive to the inside of Copse on the final lap, catching Zendelli by surprise and taking the lead.
Zendelli fought back and the two ran side by side through the final corners. But although Zendelli briefly managed to get ahead, Viscaal hung on around the outside of the final corner and came across the line to win by just one tenth over the Trident.
As Viscaal and Zendelli fought over the lead, a fierce battle raged behind them for third place. Barnicoat put in an impressive performance to hold the position early on from the more experienced drivers behind him. But on lap 11, the British driver pulled off the track with a mechanical problem with his Carlin, elevating Pourchaire into third.
Pourchaire was immediately forced into defending from Beckmann. On lap 16 Beckmann made a move for third but ran wide and dropped back to fifth behind Lawson, while Pourchaire was shown the black and white flag for weaving in his defence.
Lawson then took up the pursuit of third place but was also unable to find a way past Pourchaire in the closing stages. On the final lap, after losing time attacking Pourchaire and running wide out of the last corner, Lawson was then repassed for fourth by Beckmann in a drag race to the line.
Pourchaire took third for his third podium of the season, ahead of Beckmann and Lawson. Piastri took sixth place after a tight battle late in the race with Jake Hughes and Frederik Vesti, who finished seventh and eighth respectively. Clement Novalak finished ninth, and Enzo Fittipaldi took the final point in tenth.
New championship leader Logan Sargeant retired with damage after contact with Cameron Das on lap 10, meaning he now has only a single point in hand over Piastri with four rounds remaining in the championship. Viscaal’s victory elevates him from 14th in the standings to 10th.
In the teams’ standings Prema has 281.5 points, while second-placed Trident has extended its gap over ART to 18.5 points. Find the full F3 drivers’ and teams’ standings here.
Update: Fittipaldi was given a post-race penalty of five seconds for leaving the track and gaining an advantage when passing Das. The Brazilian drops from 10th to 17th, and Igor Fraga is promoted up to the points.
Full race result:
|1||Bent Viscaal (FL)||MP Motorsport||17|
|3||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||10|
|5||Liam Lawson||Hitech Grand Prix||6|
|6||Oscar Piastri||Prema Racing||5|
|7||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||4|
|8||Frederik Vesti||Prema Racing||3|
|9||Clement Novalak||Carlin Buzz Racing||2|
|10||Igor Fraga||Charouz Racing System||1|
|11||Cameron Das||Carlin Buzz Racing|
|12||Max Fewtrell||Hitech Grand Prix|
|13||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix|
|14||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART Grand Prix|
|15||Roman Stanek||Charouz Racing System|
|16||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport|
|17||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab|
|18||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport|
|19||Sophia Floersch||Campos Racing|
|20||Dennis Hauger||Hitech Grand Prix|
|21||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab|
|23||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport|
|24||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing|
|Ret.||Ben Barnicoat||Carlin Buzz Racing|
|Ret.||Logan Sargeant||Prema Racing|
|Ret.||Alessio Deledda||Campos Racing|
|Ret.||David Schumacher||Charouz Racing System|
|Ret.||Lukas Dunner||MP Motosport|
|Ret.||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport|