Silverstone GP3: Fuoco scores maiden victory in damp race

Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco mastered the damp conditions at Silverstone on Sunday morning to celebrate his maiden GP3 victory in the second race of the weekend.

Silverstone GP3: Fuoco scores maiden victory in damp race
Sandy Stuvik, Trident and Antonio Fuoco, Trident
Antonio Fuoco, Trident
Antonio Fuoco, Trident
Alex Palou, Campos Racing
Alex Palou, Campos Racing
Alex Palou, Campos Racing
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Santino Ferrucci, DAMS
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Artur Janosz, Trident and Jake Dennis, Arden International
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Kevin Joerg, DAMS
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix, Antonio Fuoco, Trident and Jake Hughes, DAMS

The race, which started on a slightly wet track, saw Sandy Stuvik squeezing past reverse grid polesitter Arjun Maini and keeping the lead despite going wide at Turn 1.

Maini, who made his debut in GP3 this weekend, suffered a poor opening lap as he was quickly passed by Charles Leclerc and Alex Palou, the duo starting from seventh and 10th on the grid.

Also under attack from Matt Parry, the Welshman hit the back of the Indian's car, damaging his own front wing and giving Maini a puncture.

Following a short safety car stint, caused by Giuliano Alesi stopping on track after sending Jake Hughes into a spin, Palou took the lead from Stuvik.

Stuvik then rapidly started to drop down the order with Parry passing Leclerc to take second.

However, the local driver was given a black-and-orange flag as well as a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Maini and was soon out of contention.

Once Parry pitted, Leclerc was all over Palou on the drying track but, unable to pass him immediately, the duo was joined by Antonio Fuoco and Jake Dennis.

The VSC neutralised the action for the second time in order to clear the beached car of Akash Nandy, who spun into the gravel.

While Palou held on to the lead on the restart despite slightly running wide, Dennis made the same mistake and ended up spinning out.

Leclerc meanwhile came under increasing pressure from Fuoco, the Italian soon going past the Monegasque in the outside of Stowe.

Palou went off track at the same corner next time around and had to give up the lead to Fuoco.

He narrowly kept second from Leclerc, who was demoted by Nyck de Vries instead.

With the time clocking down at the time of Fuoco crossing the line, unaware of the race being over, the field ran an extra lap.

Palou dropped behind the ART duo on that lap but the results were reverted to a lap earlier, giving the Spaniard second.

De Vries was given a time penalty for colliding with Ralph Boschung earlier in the race to be classified eighth.

Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci and Steijn Schothorst made strong-late race charges to take fourth and fifth ahead of Jack Aitken and Nirei Fukuzumi.

Sprint race results:

PosDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 Antonio Fuoco Trident 11 27'55.438  
2 Alex Palou Campos Racing 11 27'55.897 0.459
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 11 27'56.021 0.583
4 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 11 27'59.133 3.695
5 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 11 28'00.498 5.060
6 Jack Aitken Arden International 11 28'01.064 5.626
7 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 11 28'01.782 6.344
8 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 11 28'01.808 6.370
9 Jake Dennis Arden International 11 28'03.171 7.733
10 Sandy Stuvik Trident 11 28'05.352 9.914
11 Kevin Joerg DAMS 11 28'06.328 10.890
12 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 11 28'07.529 12.091
13 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 11 28'20.356 24.918
14 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 11 28'30.904 35.466
15 Artur Janosz Trident 11 28'42.075 46.637
16 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 11 28'45.845 50.407
17 Jake Hughes DAMS 11 28'47.398 51.960
18 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 11 28'50.842 55.404
19 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 11 29'12.234 1'16.796
 R Tatiana Calderon Arden International 10 26'59.577 1 Lap
 R  Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 7 17'41.132 4 Laps
 R Giuliano Alesi Trident 0    
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