Monza GP3: De Vries scores maiden win, Leclerc collides with teammate

ART driver Nyck de Vries took his long-awaited first GP3 victory in the sprint race at Monza as teammate Charles Leclerc's championship campaign took a hit after he crashed with Nirei Fukuzumi.

Monza GP3: De Vries scores maiden win, Leclerc collides with teammate
Nyck De Vries, ART Grand Prix
Nyck De Vries, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Antonio Fuoco, Trident
Antonio Fuoco, Trident
Antonio Fuoco, Trident

Starting second, De Vries temporarily dropped back to third but made two overtakes to claim the victory.

Pole-sitter Antonio Fuoco led the field off the line with Alex Albon taking second.

However, Fuoco was only third by the end of Lap 2 Albon and De Vries passed him in the first and second chicanes respectively.

Another ART in Nirei Fukuzumi was running fourth but he was demoted by Jake Dennis on Lap 3 with Charles Leclerc also looking to fight his way through.

Despite Leclerc having the inside position at the second chicane, Fukuzumi kept his foot in on the outside and had the upper-hand on the exit of the corner as a result.

However, Leclerc did not back off as they approached the first Lesmo corner and, with Fukuzumi attempting to close him down, they made contact and retired.

While Jack Aitken behind avoided them, another Arden driver in Tatiana Calderon had her car damaged in the process and was forced to go to the pits.

Following an inevitable safety car phase, de Vries overtook Albon on the restart lap.

The Dutchman slowly but consistently pulled away from his teammate to eventually cross the line by 1.7s.

Albon finished second in a confident manner as he had significant a pace advantage compared to Fuoco in the late stages.

Dennis finished fourth despite coming under pressure from Jack Aitken, the latter attempting to make a move on the penultimate lap but running wide.

Arjun Maini finished sixth from Alex Palou, the Spaniard impressively holding off first Sandy Stuvik and then the Indian for several laps, only to be passed on the last lap.

Trident's Artur Janosz took the final point-scoring position as Ralph Boschung and Jake Hughes, who lost several places at the start, completed the top 10.

Sprint race results

Cla#DriverTeamTimeGap
1 4  Nyck de Vries   ART Grand Prix -  
2 3  Alexander Albon   ART Grand Prix 1.7 1.700
3 5  Antonio Fuoco   Trident 6.3 6.300
4 9  Jake Dennis   Arden International 7.7 7.700
5 11  Jack Aitken   Arden International 8.3 8.300
6 20  Arjun Maini   Jenzer Motorsport 11.9 11.900
7 22  Alex Palou   Campos Racing 12.2 12.200
8 6  Artur Janosz   Trident 12.5 12.500
9 17  Ralph Boschung   Koiranen GP 12.9 12.900
10 27  Jake Hughes   DAMS 13.9 13.900
11 26  Santino Ferrucci   DAMS 14.7 14.700
12 28  Kevin Joerg   DAMS 16.8 16.800
13 23  Steijn Schothorst   Campos Racing 17.5 17.500
14 24  Konstantin Tereshchenko  Campos Racing 20.6 20.600
15 8  Sandy Stuvik   Trident 20.9 20.900
16 10  Tatiana Calderon   Arden International 21.2 21.200
17 14  Matt Parry   Koiranen GP 22.0 22.000
18 18  Akash Nandy   Jenzer Motorsport 63.5 1'03.500
19 7  Giuliano Alesi   Trident 1 lap 1 Lap
  16  Matevos Isaakyan   Koiranen GP 7 laps 7 Laps
  2  Nirei Fukuzumi   ART Grand Prix 15 laps 15 Laps
  1  Charles Leclerc   ART Grand Prix 15 laps 15 Laps
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