Hockenheim GP3: Hughes wins, Albon loses points lead after crash

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Hockenheim GP3: Hughes wins, Albon loses points lead after crash
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Jake Hughes was victorious in the GP3 sprint race at Hockenheim, securing his own and DAMS' first victory in the series.

Having gotten a better launch off the line, Arjun Maini took the lead from Hughes and kept the counter-attacking Briton at bay during the opening lap.

Hughes was all over Maini at the main straight a lap later and managed to make a move just when the VSC was deployed due to Artur Janosz crashing at Sachs.

Janosz was hit by Ralph Boschung at the hairpin and was carrying another car's front wing as well as a puncture.

Championship leader Alex Albon was another victim of the same corner as he received a nudge while turning and had to retire in the pits.

Hughes was investigated for overtaking under VSC but eventually escaped a penalty.

Maini had a delayed reaction at the restart and dropped to sixth, giving Charles Leclerc second.

Santino Ferrucci also got ahead of Jack Aitken on the restart but the latter fought back to reclaim third.

Hughes led the rest of the race and opened up a comfortable gap as Leclerc started to struggle for tyre wear.

Aitken caught up with the Ferrari junior on the penultimate lap and claimed second at the hairpin with ease.

Despite quickly losing further ground, Leclerc kept the final podium position, less than a second ahead of Ferrucci.

Maini took fifth after passing Matt Parry, the latter also dropping behind Jake Dennis.

Nyck de Vries scored one point in eighth, keeping Tatiana Calderon and Kevin Jorg at bay.

Following Albon's retirement, Leclerc retook first in the championship with a lead of three points.

Sprint race results:

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 Jake Hughes DAMS 18 29'51.410  
2 Jack Aitken Arden International 18 29'54.012 2.602
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 18 29'57.294 5.884
4 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 18 29'58.245 6.835
5 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 18 29'59.128 7.718
6 Jake Dennis Arden International 18 30'00.345 8.935
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 18 30'05.851 14.441
8 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 18 30'08.104 16.694
9 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 18 30'08.350 16.940
10 Kevin Joerg DAMS 18 30'09.338 17.928
11 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 18 30'09.972 18.562
12 Sandy Stuvik Trident 18 30'19.206 27.796
13 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 18 30'20.262 28.852
14 Giuliano Alesi Trident 18 30'20.607 29.197
15 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 18 30'21.051 29.641
16 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 18 30'21.338 29.928
17 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 18 30'21.754 30.344
18 Antonio Fuoco Trident 17 28'57.494 1 Lap
19 Alex Palou Campos Racing 16 27'20.099 2 Laps
  Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1 2'36.180 17 Laps
  Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1 1'55.042 17 Laps
  Artur Janosz Trident 0    
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Series FIA F3
Event Hockenheim
Location Hockenheimring
Drivers Jake Hughes
Teams DAMS
Author David Gruz