Dennis Hauger is increasingly the leader of Formula 3. The Prema driver, true dominator of the championship, achieved success in a Race 3 that took place in the wet thanks to a violent downpour that hit the Hungaroring track a few minutes before the start.
The race direction decided to start the pilots with a flying start and at the start it was the poleman Leclerc who kept the lead followed by his teammate.
The Monegasque, who had already shown great quality in the wet last year in Formula Regional, led the operations up to the ninth lap when he had to give in to the pressure of a Hauger in a state of grace.
The driver of the Red Bull nursery has tried on several occasions to put the nose of his car in front, but Leclerc defended himself with his teeth, however, allowing Doohan in third position to get dangerously close.
When Hauger managed to take the lead with an overtaking of applause, he managed to set his own pace and then intelligently listen to the advice of his wall which suggested not to push too hard to avoid quickly wearing the Pirelli wet on a gone asphalt. drying very quickly.
In the final stages Leclerc pushed to reduce the gap from the Norwegian to 7 tenths, but the Monegasque’s comeback was clipped by the safety car entering the track on lap 18 due to the clash between Cohen and Toth.
On this occasion the halo saved the Carlin team driver who saw Toth’s car take off in the cockpit and then settle on the left side of the rear.
The Prema team was thus able to celebrate a double that further consolidates the advantage in the championship standings reserved for teams, and the podium was completed with another standard bearer of an Italian team: Jack Doohan.
The Australian from Trident was very clever in handling the wet tires as the track dried mid-race but was unable to make the most of this strategy for the safety car’s entry onto the track.
Behind Doohan closed a David Schumacher author of a finally positive weekend in all three events and author of a start to the assault where he tried to mock his teammate without, however, ever being able to find the gap.
The Trident team managed to bring all three of their cars into the top 5 thanks to the fifth place achieved by a Clement Novalak who appeared not at ease on a track that was difficult to interpret. The Briton also had to resist the pressure of a wild Smolyar in the final but clipped in the comeback from the neutralization decided by the race direction.
Anonymous race for Frederik Vesti. The Dane, after the bad luck paid in Race 1 and the zero in the standings in Race 2, finished in the same starting position as Race 3, the seventh, but has never been enthusiastic and now seems to have raised the white flag for the championship fight.
Vesti also risked finishing the last race of the weekend out of the points when a too aggressive Caldwell touched him during a completely wrong braking in corner 1. Fortunately the Prema driver did not hit the ART number 7 and after the mistake was good to find calm and close in eighth place in front of an Enzo Fittipaldi author of a great comeback from the center of the group and Logan Sargeant mocked by the Brazilian in the final.
Lorenzo Colombo touches the points zone, eleventh but finally protagonist of a weekend in great shape, while Matteo Nannini has never managed to shine and was the only driver to enter the pits to mount slicks towards the middle of the race, taking the only satisfaction to snatch the fastest lap from Doohan.
At the end of the Hungarian round Hauger has now taken off in the standings with 152 points followed by Doohna at 80 and Caldwell at 86, while Vesti is relegated to fourth place with 80 points.