Belgium F3: Piquet and Armstrong take victories as Shwartzman extends points lead

In two action packed Formula 3 races, Pedro Piquet reigned supreme in Race 1 to take his first win of the season and his third victory at this level on the F1 support bill. Whilst Marcus Armstrong took his second straight sprint race win in a dominant display on Sunday.

Pedro Piquet’s start was incredible, staying with Jehan Daruvala until Lap 2 when he made the move stick, and as all the carnage took place behind, he established daylight between himself and the rest of the field and won the first race with ease. It was a difficult race for the pole sitter, he appeared to struggle for race pace, and had a lot of defending to do. He initially lost out to Leonardo Pulcini but gained that place back. Before a charging Robert Shwartzman managed to pass them both to take second ahead of Daruvala. Christian Lundgaard finished in fourth, benefiting from a last lap scrap which saw both move ahead of Yuki Tsunoda and Pulcini, who struggled at the end. Marcus Armstrong took reverse grid pole with Max Fewtrell and David Beckmann rounding out the points.

Race 2 took place under a cloud after the tragic events of the Formula 2 race on Sunday, with a minute’s silence for Anthoine Hubert. Unfortunately there was a high speed crash at Blanchimant, where Simo Laaksonen for MP Motorsport appeared to suffer a puncture and ended buried in the tyres, resulting in a lengthy safety car creating eery scenes after what happened the previous day. But thankfully, Simo was fine. Christian Lundgaard took second place with two laps to go from Yuki Tsunoda, but Tsunoda struck back in a nailbiting move, with Robert Shwartzman following suit. Jehan Daruvala finished in fifth, with both Prema drivers making huge gains over Juri Vips, who lost his front wing on the safety car restart and dropped to the rear of the field. Pedro Piquet finished in sixth ahead of Leonardo Pulcini and Teppei Natori who scored the final two points, with Felipe Drugovich and Ye Yifei rounding out the top 10.

Robert Shwartzman leaves Spa with a 23 point lead over Jehan Daruvala, who has repassed Juri Vips for second. Vips’ title chances have taken a knock as he is now 30 points off the lead, and 3 points ahead of fourth placed Marcus Armstrong, whilst Christian Lundgaard is in fifth.

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