Isack Hadjar reigned supreme within the battle of the F1 academy drivers, because the Red Bull junior swooped previous Alpine Academy driver Victor Martins to grab victory within the Formula 3 Silverstone Sprint Race.
The two have been joined on the rostrum by Reece Ushijima, who races underneath a British licence, in his first style of Formula 3 silverware in third.
Lining up in fourth on the grid, Hadjar was instantly on the tempo – passing Kush Maini for third after which getting down to catch the main pair. Out in entrance, reverse grid pole sitter Ushijima misplaced out to Martins at the beginning however saved tempo with the extra skilled Frenchman earlier than a mistake at Luffield allowed him to fall into Hadjar’s clutches.
A Safety Car on Lap 10 proved to be Martins’ undoing. Despite accelerating away well on the restart and happening the defensive, Hadjar had the momentum to sail previous him across the exterior of Stowe on the penultimate lap and safe a second victory in his rookie season.
Ushijima’s greatest efforts have been rewarded with third, as he eyed up a chance to get previous the Championship chief all the best way to the chequered flag. Maini completed third, forward of Kaylen Frederick and the Trident duo of Roman Stanek and Zane Maloney.
Ferrari junior Arthur Leclerc ended the day as the highest PREMA Racing driver, overtaking workforce mates Oliver Bearman and Jak Crawford to complete eighth – because the trio accomplished the highest 10.
After a dream begin to his and Carlin’s dwelling race weekend, Williams junior Zak O’Sullivan strains up on pole for Sunday’s Feature Race when the motion kicks off at 0835 native time.