As the red light went out, O’Sullivan was automatically having to defend from Bearman on the run into the first corner. However further back in the pack, Roman Stanek and pole sitter for the Feature race- Franco Colapinto collided and were forced to pit for repairs.
Arthur Leclerc was the standout mover as he found himself up in 9th following the opening laps after starting 13th.
There was a 3 way battle between the ART Grand Prix team-mates but it was Saucy and Martins who collided at Turn 1 fighting for P8, both had to return to the pitlane but both were forced to retire.
Moments after this, Bearman made his overtake on O’Sullivan stick through Turn 4. Bearman’s team mate Leclerc still continued his charge as he progressed into 7th.
Lap 10 saw Hadjar move up into third as he went past Smolyar. O’ Sullivan’s pace started to drop he fell into a pack of drivers, which ended with Maloney and Hadjar moving past the Williams Academy driver.
Ollie Bearman crossed the line in P1 but due to a 5 second time penalty it meant that he was demoted to P2, and Isack Hadjar took the first win of the year!
|1||Isack Hadjar||HiTech Grand Prix||10|
|2||Ollie Bearman||PREMA Racing||9|
|3||Alexander Smolyar||MP Motorsport||8|
|5||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||6|
Even though he qualifying result was a shock, it was set to be a harder task for Colapinto to hold onto the victory. In the opening stages of the race, the Argentine looked very comfortable in the lead, however its never smooth sailing in F3 as he had to deal with a safety car restart, which was required after Pizzi and Maloney coming to a stop on the circuit on the opening lap due to a bit of contact.
Caio Collet was a victim of the first lap drama, as he broke his front suspension while driving over a kerb at Turn 7, as he tried to avoid potential contact with rivals. At the Safety Car restart, Martins overtook Stanek for P2 but the Trident driver would be soon eliminated as he made contact with Alex Smolyar.
Juan Manuel Correa appeared to have rapid pace as he moved into the top three after overtaking Smolyar, with the latter also soon found himself to be behind Leclerc who was on the mission.
It was Victor Martins who took the win, with Leclerc making up 11 positions to finish 2nd!
|1||Victor Martins||ART Grand Prix||25|
|2||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||18|
|3||Gregiore Saucy||ART Grand Prix||15|
|4||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||12|
|5||Franco Colapinto||Van Amersfoort Racing||10|
F3 will be back in just over a month, 22nd to 24th of April for the second round in Imola, Italy!