Alex Smolyar beats Victor Martins to P1 in a sensational first F3 sprint race at Paul Ricard.
Alex Smolyar swept passed Victor Martins on the last lap after battling from P6 on the grid. Smolyar gained pace by lap six, as the top four battled, being able to put himself in the right place to make a move for the win on the closing lap.
In a charging drive from P10, Victor Martins took P2 with his race coming alive in the closing stages, after being able to catch the train of drivers battling for the lead.
Despite Martins getting himself in the lead he was unable to keep Smolyar, with the aid of DRS, behind.
Calan Williams had a challenging opening to the race, as he was unable to hold back Logan Sargeant and Ayum Iwasa closing in behind. Willams who was also later passed by Smolyar picked up the pace and battled in the top four to finish P3.
The top four were in a race of their own as they battled for P1. Sargeant had a strong first lap getting past David Schumacher on the start despite Calan Williams staying ahead
Juan Manuel Correa held on the tail of the top four but was unable to keep up with the battle for the lead in the second half of the race to finish P6.
Ayumu Iwasa, despite showing a confident drive for much of the race, received a five second time penalty after a wide move off the track for P1 on Logan Sargeant.
Iwasa had an electric start getting up to third from through the first sector of the first lap and later getting himself up to P1 with confidence in turn 11 helping him pass Williams. But the Red Bull junior couldn’t hold on to the lead before being handed the penalty, finishing P8.