Jake Hughes took his first win of the 2020 Formula 3 season in the Barcelona feature race, beating polesitter Logan Sargeant.
Sargeant held first place at the start with a decent launch over Hughes, but was unable to drop the HWA over the opening laps. Following a brief safety car brought out by Bent Viscaal going off on lap 1, Hughes was able to keep within half a second of Sargeant while he waited for DRS to be enabled.
Hughes was close enough to make a move on lap 7, and he swept around the outside of Sargeant at Turn 1 to take the lead. Almost immediately, Hughes was able to break over a second away from Sargeant, while the American started to come under pressure from Liam Lawson running in third.
The safety car came back out on lap 9 when Frederik Vesti’s Prema ground to a halt on track. But Sargeant wasn’t able to use the restart to gain on Hughes, who broke almost a second clear before setting the fastest lap the next time around.
Sargeant then found himself with Lawson half a second behind. Lawson tried two moves to the inside of Turn 1 on laps 18 and 19 but Sargeant was able to hold him off each time. But on lap 20 Lawson tried around the outside instead, and this time took the position to finish second behind Hughes.
Sargeant remained on the podium on third, taking valuable points in the championship battle as his main rival Oscar Piastri had another tricky race. After battling in the early laps to keep fourth from Clement Novalak, Piastri ran wide at the second safety car restart and dropped behind Novalak and David Beckmann.
Piastri was unable to recover the positions and finished the race in sixth, three places down on Sargeant. Theo Pourchaire took seventh ahead of Alex Peroni and Richard Verschoor, while Matteo Nannini put his Jenzer into tenth to take his and the team’s first point of the season.
Full race result:
|1||Jake Hughes (FL)||HWA Racelab||27|
|2||Liam Lawson||Hitech Grand Prix||18|
|3||Logan Sargeant||Prema Racing||15|
|4||Clement Novalak||Carlin Buzz Racing||12|
|6||Oscar Piastri||Prema Racing||8|
|7||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||6|
|8||Alex Peroni||Campos Racing||4|
|9||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||2|
|10||Matteo Nannini||Jenzer Motorsport||1|
|11||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART Grand Prix|
|13||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab|
|14||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab|
|15||Sebastian Fernandez||ART Grand Prix|
|16||Leonardo Pulcini||Carlin Buzz Racing|
|17||Max Fewtrell||Hitech Grand Prix|
|18||Dennis Hauger||Hitech Grand Prix|
|19||Cameron Das||Carlin Buzz Racing|
|21||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport|
|22||Roman Stanek||Charouz Racing System|
|23||David Schumacher||Charouz Racing System|
|24||Igor Fraga||Charouz Racing System|
|25||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport|
|26||Federico Malvestiti||Jenzer Motorsport|
|27||Sophia Floersch||Campos Racing|
|28||Alessio Deledda||Campos Racing|
|Ret.||Frederik Vesti||Prema Racing|
|Ret.||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport|