Nasr masters wet conditions to win Race 3

Nasr masters wet conditions to win Race 3

19 June 2011 – Carlin driver Felipe Nasr took a dominant victory in the final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, crossing the line over 20 seconds ahead of second place man Lucas Foresti. The Brazilian extends his championship lead as a result, moving onto a total of 159 points. Will Buller was able to make up for his misfortune in races one and two, completing the top three at the chequered flag.

In almost identical circumstances to Race 1, a downpour prior to the start left drivers with the challenge of a drenched circuit. As the lights went out Rupert Svendsen-Cook showed no signs of losing his lead, getting away perfectly while Nasr stole second from Adderly Fong at the first corner. Kevin Magnussen was forced to pit on Lap 2 after damaging his front wing, also opting to put slicks on.

The top three were quickly fighting for the top spot, with Svendsen-Cook coming under increasing pressure from Nasr. Foresti lost touch with the top two when he ran wide at Clearways at the end of Lap 4, allowing Fong and Fantin to find a way through. Moments later, Nasr moved into the lead with a confident move at Graham Hill Bend, hugging the inside line throughout.

Fong’s race took a turn for the worse when he went took a trip through the gravel a lap later, falling all the way to the back of the order after his strong qualifying effort. The rain then began to fall again, with Max Snegirev and Pipo Derani colliding in the difficult conditions, forcing the latter to retire. This led to a Safety Car period, in which another torrential downpour ensured a completely wet track surface.

Magnussen opted to pit for wets at this point, making his second trip through the pit lane after putting on dry tyres early in the race. The stricken car of Derani was quickly towed away, allowing the Safety Car to pull in at the end of Lap 9. Nasr took full advantage of the situation with a strong restart, building a significant advantage over Svendsen-Cook.

The championship leader went on to pull away comfortably, lapping a full second quicker than his rivals behind. Meanwhile, third place man Fantin made a move around the outside of Svendsen-Cook at the first corner, but there was not enough room and the pair collided. Will Buller had to take avoiding action, while Fantin dropped to tenth and Svendsen-Cook retired after losing his rear wing.

Nasr crossed the line first to complete a commanding drive ahead of Foresti, taking the top step for the fourth time so far this season. Jazeman Jaafar followed Buller home closely in fourth, while Carlos Huertas finished in the same position he secured in Race 1 on Saturday. Jack Harvey registered his best result of the season in sixth, driving well to move up the order from 11th on the grid.

Hywel Lloyd brought home some points for Sino Vision Racing after team-mate Fong retired in the latter stages, finishing in seventh ahead of Australia’s Scott Pye. Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin completed the top ten runners, while Bart Hylkema won the Rookie Class ahead of Kotaro Sakurai.


The British F3 field will be back in action at the Nürburgring in a fortnight's time

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Monday 15 September 2014

  2. Singapore memories: Räikkönen's bold pass 05:06

    Singapore memories: Räikkönen's bold pass

    Relive one of the finest passes from the short history of the Singapore Grand Prix, with then Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen g...

    F1
  3. Sunday 14 September 2014

  4. 17:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Misano

    MotoGP
  5. Márquez happy despite Misano crash 16:58

    Márquez happy despite Misano crash

    Marc Márquez says he was happy to collect a point for 15th place, despite sliding out of contention for victory in the San...

    MotoGP
  6. 13:59

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Sunday at the Hungaroring

    FR 3.5
  7. Nato beats Merhi to victory in Hungary 13:58

    Nato beats Merhi to victory in Hungary

    Norman Nato profited from a strong start to claim victory in the final race of the Formula Renault 3.5 round at the...

    FR 3.5
  8. Rossi wins at Misano as Márquez crashes 13:51

    Rossi wins at Misano as Márquez crashes

    Valentino Rossi claimed a popular first victory of the season at Misano as World Champion Marc Márquez was only 15th after...

    MotoGP
  9. Hülkenberg: Force India desperate for fifth 09:14

    Hülkenberg: Force India desperate for fifth

    Nico Hülkenberg says Force India is "desperate" to finish in the top five of the Constructors' Championship as they bid to...

    F1
  10. I'm still in the title hunt, says Hamilton 06:02

    I'm still in the title hunt, says Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton is adamant that he remains in the hunt for this year's World Championship as he bids to close down the...

    F1
  11. Video of the Day: Beijing ePrix highlights 05:12

    Video of the Day: Beijing ePrix highlights

    Enjoy highlights of the first ever Formula E race on the streets of Beijing, won by Audi Sport Abt's Lucas di Grassi after a...

    Formula E
  12. Saturday 13 September 2014

  13. 16:30

    Latest Formula E photos: Beijing ePrix

    Formula E
  14. Prost handed grid penalty for Heidfeld clash 16:28

    Prost handed grid penalty for Heidfeld clash

    Nicolas Prost has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for the next round of the Formula E Championship after he was deemed...

    Formula E
  15. Rosberg 'determined' to hold on to lead 15:30

    Rosberg 'determined' to hold on to lead

    Championship leader Nico Rosberg says he is determined to hold on to his advantage in the title race as the Formula 1 season...

    F1
  16. 14:01

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Misano

    MotoGP
  17. Lorenzo secures first pole of 2014 at Misano 14:00

    Lorenzo secures first pole of 2014 at Misano

    Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first pole position of the season during a tightly contested qualifying session for the San Marino...

    MotoGP
  18. 13:52

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Saturday at the Hungaroring

    FR 3.5
  19. Merhi takes dominant victory at wet Hungaroring 13:51

    Merhi takes dominant victory at wet Hungaroring

    Roberto Merhi claimed a dominant Formula Renault 3.5 victory in the first race of the weekend at a wet Hungaroring. Merhi...

    FR 3.5
  20. Heidfeld 'not mad' with Prost despite Beijing crash 12:00

    Heidfeld 'not mad' with Prost despite Beijing crash

    Nick Heidfeld says he is 'not mad' at Formula E rival Nicolas Prost despite the pair colliding while fighting for victory...

    Formula E
  21. Patience key to Singapore success – Ricciardo 12:00

    Patience key to Singapore success – Ricciardo

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo believes that having patience in Singapore is key due to the manner in which the Marina Bay...

    F1
  22. Video: Dramatic end to Formula E opener 10:31

    Video: Dramatic end to Formula E opener

    Nicolas Prost sends Nick Heidfeld into a violent collision with the fence after the duo make contact while battling for the...

    Formula E
  23. Di Grassi wins first ePrix after final corner crash 10:10

    Di Grassi wins first ePrix after final corner crash

    Lucas di Grassi claimed victory after an incredible final lap in the first ever ePrix around the streets of Beijing, with...

    Formula E
  24. Iannone heads Dovizioso in Misano practice 09:47

    Iannone heads Dovizioso in Misano practice

    Andrea Iannone set the fastest time during the third practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. Iannone...

    MotoGP
  25. Pat Symonds on the Williams revival 09:30

    Pat Symonds on the Williams revival

    Under the technical guidance of Pat Symonds, Williams has returned to the sharp-end of the grid this season. GPUpdate.net...

    F1
  26. FIA to review Super Licence qualifications 07:00

    FIA to review Super Licence qualifications

    The FIA is to review the process by which a driver qualifies for a Super Licence after questions were raised in the wake of...

    F1
  27. Video of the Day: Ricciardo vs Kvyat on two wheels 05:00

    Video of the Day: Ricciardo vs Kvyat on two wheels

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat go head-to-head on two wheels.

    F1
  28. Friday 12 September 2014

  29. 17:18

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Misano

    MotoGP
  30. Palmer optimistic over 2015 F1 chances 15:52

    Palmer optimistic over 2015 F1 chances

    GP2 championship leader Jolyon Palmer says he is "optimistic" that he will be on the Formula 1 grid in 2015. Palmer, 23,...

    F1
  31. Grosjean sure of improved Lotus showing 15:39

    Grosjean sure of improved Lotus showing

    Romain Grosjean is sure that Lotus will fare better at next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix after the team endured a trying...

    F1
  32. Pic completes Formula E line-up 15:13

    Pic completes Formula E line-up

    Andretti Formula E has confirmed that Lotus reserve driver Charles Pic will race for them at Saturday's inaugural ePrix in...

    Formula E
  33. Dovizioso recovers from crash to set pace 13:58

    Dovizioso recovers from crash to set pace

    Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest time for Ducati in wet conditions during second practice for the San Marino Grand Prix at...

    MotoGP
  34. Aprilia returns to MotoGP with Gresini 12:20

    Aprilia returns to MotoGP with Gresini

    Aprilia will return to MotoGP as a factory team next season, with Gresini running its bikes for four years. Aprilia was...

    MotoGP
  35. FIA confirms 20-race 2015 F1 calendar 11:43

    FIA confirms 20-race 2015 F1 calendar

    The FIA has officially confirmed a 20-race calendar for the 2015 Formula 1 season. Some minor changes have been made from...

    F1
  36. Wolff: Clarification needed over radio limits 11:27

    Wolff: Clarification needed over radio limits

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says teams need "further clarification" over Formula 1's new radio restrictions. From the...

    F1
  37. Sauber hopes upgrades lead to first points 10:40

    Sauber hopes upgrades lead to first points

    Sauber is hopeful that upgrades for the Singapore Grand Prix will provide its first points of the season. Adrian Sutil...

    F1
  38. Hernández tops incident-packed first practice 10:04

    Hernández tops incident-packed first practice

    Pramac's Yonny Hernández set the pace in a wet and drama-filled opening practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix at...

    MotoGP
  39. 09:11

    F1 photos: Verstappen's STR test at Adria

    F1
  40. Brawn on possible comeback: Never say never 09:02

    Brawn on possible comeback: Never say never

    Ex-Formula 1 team boss Ross Brawn has reiterated that he is not on the lookout for a new position in the top echelon of...

    F1
  41. Video of the Day: Track to road with Maldonado 05:16

    Video of the Day: Track to road with Maldonado

    Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado goes from the track to the road in this promotional video for Renault.

    F1
  42. Thursday 11 September 2014

  43. Insight: What the radio clampdown means 16:33

    Insight: What the radio clampdown means

    Formula 1 drivers face an increased workload at future Grands Prix with confirmation that the FIA is to restrict pit-to-car...

    F1
  44. 15:31

    Photos: Singapore Grand Prix preparations

    F1
  45. Gutiérrez says Sauber not his only option 15:20

    Gutiérrez says Sauber not his only option

    Esteban Gutiérrez has claimed that he has "other opportunities" to consider for the 2015 Formula 1 season, although his...

    F1
more news