success for Vidales, Leclerc new leader of the championship

First success for David Vidales who makes the Formula 3 Sprint Race his own after having led the entire race. Vittoria, however, under investigation for an episode that saw him involved with Jak Crawford in an attempt to overtake the American. All weekend live on Sky Sport F1 and streaming on NOW


Spain starts with a success on its motorbike Saturday in Barcelona. First success for David Vidales who makes the Formula 3 Sprint Race his own after leading the entire race. Vittoria however under investigation for an episode she saw him involved with Jak Crawford in an attempt to overtake the American.

He hadn’t started his qualifying session well – on the Montmelò track- Roman Stanek, but right in the final, the Trident team driver managed to improve Victor Martins’ time, stealing pole position by just 52 thousandths. Due to the reversal of the first twelve times, however, Stanek in race 1 is forced to start from the fifth row, next to the ‘fished out’ Colapinto (Van Arsfoort Racing), who benefited from the relegation to the pit lane of the other rider Trident, Zane Maloney, guilty yesterday of having skipped weight control at the return to the pits. The home driver Vidales (Campos) and the American Correa (ART) start from the front row. When the traffic lights go out, there is an immediate brawl: Vidales gains the first position, climbs up from behind Smolyar and takes Leclerc, Martins and Stanek with him. Instead, Hadjar loses positions. In the first two laps Vidales builds a 1 ”5 advantage over Correa, while behind the group he breaks up. For a rear-end collision he is forced to return to change the nose Yeany. At the start of the fourth lap Crawford (Prema) overtakes Correa and goes after Vidales, who in the meantime has scored two fastest laps. The Prema driver sinks on the accelerator and scores the best lap at the end of the fourth lap.

First twist

On the seventh lap the ART of Martins (one of the leaders of the championship) suddenly loses power: first twist and retirement. That precedes the second twist: Colapinto proceeds braked by the parachute effect caused by the bonnet raised on one side, which then opens and flies off halfway. For him the black and orange flag and forced return to the pit lane. Vidales always leader, Crawford approaches him reducing the gap to less than 1 ”. Crawford’s attack at the start of the twelfth lap, Vidales contains him and sends him on a bollard: the race direction postpones all tests at the end of the race.

Five laps to go

Smolyar earns fifth place over Frederick. Leclerc is sixth. Bad final for Correa, overtaken by Collet and off the podium. On the attack on Correa, Smolyar finishes wide and Leclerc passes him. On the finish line Vidales passes first with a fantastic flag to flag, in front of Crawford, then Collet, Leclerc, Correa, Smolyar, Frederick, Stanek, Ushijima, Hadjar. A ranking however registered sub judice, as for the bowls stopped, the race direction will have to express itself on the ‘duels at the limit’ between Vidales and Crawford and Correa-Smolyar. In the standings, Leclerc is now the new leader of the season, with one point ahead of Crawford (except for reversals of the order of arrival).

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