FormulaNerds Cut To The Race Podcast

F3 Feature Race Results: Spain

Can the hometown hero convert pole position into victory in the Feature race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya?

Latest Episode | Cut To The Race Podcast

The #23 car of Pepe Marti crossed the line first to win the Feature race of round four of the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship, moving himself up to second in the Standings.

Born in Barcelona, Pepe Marti started the Feature race on pole position (Image Credit: @Formula3 on Twitter)

17-year-old Barcelona native Pepe Marti started the race on pole, alongside surprise Qualifying performer Taylor Barnard of Jenzer Motorsport.

The Sprint race on Saturday was won by Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan, who led every lap of the 21-lap race.

Three drivers were handed post-race penalties for their actions during yesterday’s race. Most notably, Gregoire Saucy dropped from P9 to P23 after a ten-second penalty for causing a collision with Dino Beganovic on lap 15. This promoted Nikita Bedrin into the points. The other two drivers were Sebastian Montoya and Rafael Villagomez.

Gabriel Bortoleto extended his Championship lead to 24 points ahead of second-placed Gabriele Mini, who scored no points. While the former will start the Feature race in sixth, Mini will begin the race down in 18th and has it all to do to reduce the deficit to the driver leading the Drivers’ Standings.

Opening laps

Action even before the racing began; an unsafe pitlane release for Nikola Tsolov into Dino Beganovic would be investigated after the race.

Lights out in the 25-lap Feature race, and it was side-by-side action between Marti and Barnard through the first corner, with the latter taking to the escape road and re-joining behind the Spaniard.

Championship leader Bortoleto split the two Premas of Beganovic and Aron to move up to fifth, while nearest rival Mini made up to two positions to claim 16th.

Broken suspension for Luke Browning due to a collision with Leonardo Fornaroli, as he stopped in sector two to retire from the race. This brought out the Safety Car. Fornaroli managed to re-join, albeit at the foot of the field.

Safety Car restart

The Safety Car pulled into the pits at the end of lap six, with the top 3 staying as-is. Marti ahead of Barnard ahead of Franco Colapinto. Ollie Goethe cruised past O’Sullivan on the main straight to take ninth place.

Just like in the Sprint race. Mini was demonstrating his undeniable pace and racecraft with a move down the inside of Jonny Edgar at Turn 5 for 14th.

A MASSIVE DRS train all the way from leader Marti down to Kaylen Frederick in 18th. Barnard setting the fastest lap of the race so far for an extra point at the end of lap seven.

The race develops

Barnard began to lose to touch with Marti, losing the help of DRS on lap ten. This would enable Colapinto to mount a challenge for second position from the Briton.

Contact between Hunter Yeany and Villagomez resulted in a spin for the American, while Villagomez took a trip through the gravel. Only the latter managed to continue the race.

Colapinto completed a move on Barnard with the help of DRS on the main straight on lap 11. Beganovic performed an identical move on the ailing Barnard to claim the final podium spot the very next lap.

1.2 seconds between Marti and Colapinto at the start of lap 14, the pair pulling a 3-second gap over third-placed Beganovic. Could Colapinto get within DRS range of the race leader to fight for first?

Further behind, a beautiful move by Christian Mansell around the outside of teammate Hugh Barter at Turn 10 for P12.

An unfortunate five-second penalty for the VAR of Tommy Smith and Alpine Academy driver Mini, due to multiple track limit violations.

Patience paying off for Bortoleto, as he finally got past Barnard for fourth position. Aron behind capitalised on the situation by waltzing past the Briton as well. From second to sixth so far for Barnard.

But the misery would not end for Barnard, as he ran wide at the final corner. This allowed Mari Boya to take sixth.

More action behind, with Saucy picking up a puncture as Goethe’s front wing sliced through the Frenchman’s rear left tyre. A 10-second penalty for Goethe, which would inevitably drop him out of the top 10.

Closing stages

Fornaroli decided to pull into the pits to retire, languishing well out of the points. He got out of the car, before getting back in the seat to take the chequer.

Montoya through on Barnard for P7, with Piotr Wisnicki taking 21st from Smith a little further back. O’Sullivan through on Barnard as well for eighth on the final lap.

Things were very calm at the front of the field, as Marti took a lights-to-flag victory as well as fastest lap to haul in 26 points to his Championship tally.

Colapinto just over four seconds down on the home hero in the end, with Beganovic taking the chequered flag a further six seconds adrift.

Goethe’s penalty promoted Mansell into the final points-scoring position of tenth.

Feature race final classification

Full results can be found here.

Feature Image Credit: @JonnyEdgar_ on Twitter

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Zeen is a next generation WordPress theme. It’s powerful, beautifully designed and comes with everything you need to engage your visitors and increase conversions.

Back to the top