Matteo Nannini became the ninth different Formula 3 winner from just 11 races in 2021, overcoming Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi and Hitech Grand Prix’s Roman Stanek for his maiden victory in Race 2 at Budapest.
The HWA RACELAB driver got a strong launch off the line, pulling himself ahead of Stanek from third before overcoming pole-sitter Fittipaldi on Lap 4, who had struggled to warm up his Pirellis.
Alex Smolyar held on to fourth despite pressure from Championship leader Dennis Hauger, who’d put on a battling charge through the field, making up three places from eighth.
The Red Bull junior gained ground on all five of his primary title rivals, with Jack Doohan, Frederik Vesti, Olli Caldwell and Victor Martins enduring races to forget and finishing outside of the points.
Hauger will have the chance to further strengthen his grip on the drivers’ title when he starts from second in Race 3 on Sunday at Budapest – the grid set by Friday’s Qualifying.
The Norwegian’s PREMA team mate, Arthur Leclerc, will start from pole for the first time in F3 when the lights go out at 1055am local time.