Colapinto wins F3 Imola sprint race after passing Collet on final lap

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Franco Colapinto won the Formula 3 sprint race in Imola, overtaking Caio Collet on the last lap before he spun out after contact with Isack Hadjar.

[mpuColapinto had started the F3 sprint race on pole, but was behind from the start to the final lap, when he sensationally reclaimed first place.

Colapinto got a good getaway but Caio Collet had the opposite, while Kush Maini, who had started from third, snatched second from his MP Motorsport team mate. Collet fought back within the first lap and was able to reclaim second.

Collet harassed Colapinto for the first three laps, finally passing him for the lead on lap four. Meanwhile Isack Hadjar was carving a route up the grid, finally passing Maini for third around the outside of Villeneuve on lap seven, having started seventh.

David Schumacher was shown the black and white flag for track limits on lap eight.

Zak O’Sullivan went off at Rivazza dramatically, skidding into the barriers with the rear wheels buried, moments before Josep Maria Marti followed him into the same place, Marti’s car nudging O’Sullivan’s, despite being separate incidents. A full safety car was called on lap nine, while O’Sullivan and Marti’s cars were retrieved.

Kush Maini was issued a drive through penalty on lap 10, behind the safety car, for being out of position on the grid, effectively removing him from the race by relegating him to the rear behind the safety car.

On lap 13 Reece Ushijima and Franco Malvestiti came together at the exit of Tamburello, Ushijima’s car looking significantly damaged. Ushijuma had ridden up on Malvestiti’s back left wheel through Tamburello to collide. Both drivers and Hunter Yeany were placed under investigation by the stewards for the incident.

Ido Cohen was also forced to pit for a new front wing behind the safety car, after coming together with Kaylen Frederick at the safety car restart, for which he was later issued a five-second time penalty. The safety car ended again on lap 16, Collet leading away while Hadjar pursued Colapinto for second into the start of lap 17.

Arthur Leclerc ran wide at Villeneuve and sprayed polystyrene across the track after running through advertising boards. The race was once again neutralised for marshals to sweep the track. The green flag was shown less than a lap later and Collet again was able to get away while leaving Colapinto and Hadjar to their duel.

However, Colapinto was able to reclaim the lead on the final lap, before Collet and Hadjar collided with each other, leaving Colapinto free to cruise to the chequered flag after Collet was taken out of the race entirely and Hadjar demoted to fifth. Victor Martins and Jak Crawford profited from the incident to take the other podium positions. Colapinto became Van Amersfoort Racing’s first race winner in their return to F3.

Martins retains the lead of the championship, ahead of tomorrow’s feature race when Zane Maloney will start on pole.

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Formula 3 Italy race one results

PositionCarDriverTeam
129Franco ColapintoHWA
27Victor MartinsART
35Jak CrawfordPrema
42Roman StanekTrident
518Isack HadjarHitech
63Zane MaloneyTrident
71Oliver RasmussenTrident
817Kaylen FrederickHitech
911Alexander SmolyarMP
1030Rafael VillagomezHWA
1116Francesco PizziCharouz
1220David VidalesCampos
136Oliver BearmanPrema
144Arthur LeclercPrema
1527Brad BenavidesCarlin
1625William AlataloJenzer
1721Hunter YeanyCampos
1815David SchumacherCharouz
1914Laszlo TothCharouz
2012Kush MainiMP
2128Enzo TrulliCarlin
2219Nazim AzmanHitech
2323Ido CohenJenzer
2410Caio ColletMP
258Gregoire SaucyART
2624Federico MalvestitiJenzer
2731Reece UshijimaHWA
2826Zak O’SullivanCarlin
2922Pepe MartiCampos

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One comment on “Colapinto wins F3 Imola sprint race after passing Collet on final lap”

  1. Messy race. The Collet/Hadjar incident will probably be labelled a race incident but it’s a real shame for the Alpine junior after running in the lead all race. Other incidents looked quite bad. The Ferrari-backed Prema drivers seemed to be too trigger-happy for a punishing track like Imola.

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