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F3 Feature Race Results: Great Britain

22 laps of the iconic Silverstone Circuit awaits. Who will bring home 25 priceless points towards their Championship charge?

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Oliver Goethe took the chequered flag first to win the Feature race in Great Britain. Leonardo Fornaroli and Pepe Marti accompanied the German driver on the podium.

Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli started the Feature race on pole (Image Credit: @Formula3 on Twitter)

The #4 car of Leo Fornaroli would set off at the front of the grid alongside fellow Trident Racing driver Oliver Goethe. The Italian racing outfit qualified well on Friday, with their third driver and Championship leader Gabriel Bortoleto lining up fifth for the Feature race.

Another team to have all three entrants in the top 12 was Hitech Pulse-Eight. Sebastian Montoya had an unfortunate Sprint race, where he was punted off the track by Jenzer Motorsport’s Taylor Barnard. The latter was handed a ten-second time penalty after the race.

A few other drivers also got time penalties, including Nikita Bedrin, Mari Boya, Oliver Gray and Roberto Faria. However none of these drivers were in points contention anyway, so the Standings remained intact.

Two of Bortoleto’s closest rivals in the Drivers’ Championship, Dino Beganovic and Zak O’Sullivan, would start the Feature in 15th and 30th respectively. Would the Brazilian extend his advantage at the top? Read on to find out.

Opening laps

The weather was as unpredictable as ever at the track, with ominous-looking clouds looming overhead. No rain for now however, prompting the entire grid to start the race on slick tyres. A slightly damp circuit though.

Quickest off the line was polesitter Fornaroli, with the top four holding station in the first few corners.

It didn’t take long for Marti to go on the attack, as he swooped around the outside of Goethe to take second.

Moves throughout the field as the British drivers tried to make a solid impression. The #27 of Taylor Barnard forced Luke Browning off in the second sector. The latter later made contact with Hugh Barter which broke his front suspension, spinning him out of race contention.

Meanwhile Goethe had retaken second position from Marti, and a collision between Jonny Edgar and Caio Collet as well as Browning’s stricken Hitech Pulse-Eight brought out the Safety Car.

Safety Car restart

There was a debate as to who had P3 as the Safety Car was called. It was either Marti or Paul Aron, but with race control keeping their mouth shut the order remained with Marti ahead of the Prema driver.

The Safety Car pulled into the pits at the end of lap six, with Fornaroli maintaining first place. The Trident pair of Fornaroli and Goethe attempted to streak away from the rest of the field, a 1-2 certainly on the cards.

The cameras cut to a stationary O’Sullivan, the Williams Academy driver falling to the foot of the running order after Kaylen Frederick pushed him onto the gravel. Brief yellow flags, but the Briton managed to rejoin the race.

The race develops

As DRS was eventually enabled on lap nine, the opportunities for overtaking suddenly increased. This allowed Goethe to close in on leader Fornaroli, likewise for Aron to the back of Marti for the final podium position.

A DRS train developed for the top six drivers, with Christian Mansell and Bortoleto joining the train. Then there was a three second gap to Franco Colapinto in seventh, who was being hounded by the Hitech Pulse-Eight of Gabriele Mini.

Beganovic was quietly waltzing his way up the order. He was up 14 positions to P16 by the end of lap 11.

The battle for the minor points positions has heating up, as Mini made his way past Colapinto to claim seventh.

Tyre wear would be a big contributing factor to the outcome of the race, as some drivers’ tyres were looking a lot worse for wear than others.

A five second penalty awarded to Roberto Faria for an incorrect starting location on the grid, although the Brazilian was already down in 26th position.

Weather radars showed a very real possibility of rain, as it was revealed there would be a 70% chance of wet weather for the remainder of the race.

A slow first sector from Fornaroli on lap 15, as Goethe used DRS to get past his teammate. Was the polesitter’s tyres beginning to fall away?

Aron tried a move on Marti at Stowe corner and made it stick. However, the Prema driver had taken liberties with the track limits and therefore immediately gave third place back to the Spaniard.

The closing stages

With six racing laps to go, the heavens opened. How would this change the complexion of the Feature? Would some drivers come in for wet tyres?

Goethe had escaped from DRS range for his teammate Fornaroli, putting him under pressure from Marti and Aron in third and fourth.

The ever-deteriorating conditions caught out Faria, as he clattered into the barriers and brought out the second Safety Car of the day. A collision with the VAR of Tommy Smith was the reason for Faria’s retirement.

Smith, Collet and O’Sullivan were the only drivers to come into the pits for wet tyres, with the rest of the field gambling on their worn slicks.

There would only be a handful of laps remaining as the Safety Car peeled in at the end of lap 20. A two-lap shootout to decide the race!

The cars crawled around the circuit on slippery conditions, but the top runners remained as-is at the restart. Gregoire Saucy piled the pressure on Colapinto for P8 but no moves were made for the points places.

Smith on the wet tyres was flying through the field, 18th with one lap remaining. Could he make it into the points?

Collet also on the wets up to tenth for the final point as he overtook Montoya, making another place at the line on Saucy to claim ninth.

Meanwhile up front, the top three stayed unchanged as Goethe crossed the finish line first to win his first race in Formula 3. Fornaroli and Marti round out the podium.

Feature race final classification

Full results can be found here.

Feature Image Credit: @Formula3 on Twitter

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