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Hadjar wins Bahrain FIA F3 Sprint Race

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Hadjar wins Bahrain FIA F3 Sprint Race

Hadjar wins Bahrain FIA F3 Sprint Race.

First race and first victory for Isack Hadjar in Formula 3 on the Sakhir circuit (Bahrain). The Frenchman, who came second on the track in the sprint race, took advantage of a penalty imposed on Ollie Bearman to win.

Isack Hadjar won the opening Bahrain race of the 2022 FIA F3 Championship after on track victor Ollie Bearman received a time penalty after the chequered flag.

Bearman crossed the line with a comfortable gap back to the rest of the field after leading for most of the sprint race. But the Prema driver was judged to have exceeded track limits too many times and had the victory snatched away by a five-second penalty while celebrating on his cool-down lap.

FIA Formula 3 Sprint Race – Bahrain International Circuit

PosDriverTeamTime
1Isack HadjarHitech GP37m30.285s
2Ollie BearmanPrema+1.589s
3Alexander SmolyarMP Motorsport+3.593s
4Zane MaloneyTrident+5.649s
5Arthur LeclercPrema+5.664s
6Zak O’SullivanCarlin+8.850s
7Caio ColletMP Motorsport+9.140s
8Kaylen FrederickHitech GP+11.479s
9Juan Manuel CorreaART Grand Prix+12.153s
10David VidalesCampos Racing+19.134s
11William AlataloJenzer Motorsport+21.251s
12Reece UshijimaVan Amersfoort Racing+21.871s
13Jonny EdgarTrident+28.399s
14Ido CohenJenzer Motorsport+29.919s
15Kush MainiMP Motorsport+30.741s
16Nazim AzmanHitech GP+34.890s
17Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort Racing+34.911s
18Ayrton SimmonsCharouz Racing System+44.886s
19Francesco PizziCharouz Racing System+45.648s
20Enzo TrulliCarlin+46.577s
21Brad BenavidesCarlin+53.412s
22Laszlo TothCharouz Racing System+53.720s
23Hunter YeanyCampos Racing+54.278s
24Roman StanekTrident+1m07.166s
25Franco ColapintoVan Amersfoort Racing+1m16.651s
26Niko KariJenzer Motorsport+1m39.371s
27Jak CrawfordPrema+1m40.417s
RetPepe MartiCampos Racing
RetGregoire SaucyART Grand Prix
RetVictor MartinsART Grand Prix

Hadjar, who battled up from fourth on the grid, was promoted to the race win for Hitech GP with MP Motorsport’s Alexander Smolyar completing the podium.

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It was reversed-grid polesitter Zak O’Sullivan who led off the line. He briefly pulled away from Bearman, but Bearman soon reeled him back in and snatched the race lead. O’Sullivan stayed with the leader for a few laps before falling backwards, losing pace as the race progressed.

Bearman was more than three seconds ahead by the time Zane Maloney found his way through to second, with Hadjar following through. The pair battled for position with Smolyar close behind, and eventually Hadjar emerged on top.

Hadjar was able to gap Maloney as Maloney battled with Smolyar, but couldn’t close the gap to Bearman. It wouldn’t be necessary, though, as the penalty was able to move him ahead.

Smolyar took third in the closing stages of the race, leaving Maloney to battle to stay ahead of the charging Arthur Leclerc. Leclerc couldn’t find a way past and had to settle for fifth ahead of O’Sullivan.

It was a bad start to the season for ART Grand Prix. Victor Martins and Gregorie Saucy had been battling inside the top 10 when they came together at turn one. Saucy’s front wing caught Martins’ rear tyre and both cars were left damaged. After coming into the pits, the team opted to retire both cars, leaving Juan Manuel Correa as the only ART driver on track.

Correa battled with Caio Collet and Kaylen Frederick at the tail end of the top 10. Collet managed to get through to take seventh late on, with Frederick following not long after. Correa briefly reclaimed the position on the penultimate lap but took the chequered flag ninth ahead of David Vidales.

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Elsewhere, there were issues for Roman Stanek, who received a puncture on the opening lap in contact with Franco Colapinto, who suffered front wing damage and needed to pit for a replacemen.

Fastest lap: Maloney, 1m51.231s

Championship standings
1
 Hadjar 10   2 Bearman 9   3 Smolyar 8   4 Maloney 8   5 Leclerc 6   6 O’Sullivan 5   7 Collet 4   8 Frederick 3   9 Correa 2   10 Colapinto 2

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