Silverstone GP3: Russell passes Hubert to take home victory

Mercedes Formula 1 junior George Russell claimed his second consecutive GP3 feature race win as he defeated his ART Grand Prix teammate Anthoine Hubert at Silverstone.

Silverstone GP3: Russell passes Hubert to take home victory
 Polesitter George Russell, ART Grand Prix
Anthoine Hubert, ART Grand Prix
 Alessio Lorandi, Jenzer Motorsport
 Alessio Lorandi, Jenzer Motorsport
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Dorian Boccolacci, Trident
Niko Kari, Arden International
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
 Marcos Siebert, Campos Racing
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Alessio Lorandi completed the podium for Jenzer Motorsport after pouncing at the end of a late-race virtual safety car.

At the start, polesitter Russell did not make the best getaway and although he moved right to cover Hubert, he could not prevent the Frenchman from going past as they swept into Turn 1.

Jack Aitken was another driver to make gains off the line as he jumped from fifth on the grid to briefly run third before he lost out to Niko Kari at Brooklands when the Finn seized the position with a bold move around the outside.

Russell set about chasing Hubert as Aitken came under pressure from Lorandi and Dorian Boccolacci.

Hubert pulled out a crucial one second advantage but Russell ate into that lead and he used his first of a possible six DRS uses on lap three of 20.

That allowed him to close on Hubert and one tour later he blasted to the outside of his teammate down on the Hangar straight, sealing the move and first place at Stowe.

Russell then scampered to edge of the one second DRS detection margin and then marshalled that gap, which ebbed and flowed as Hubert put in quicker sectors before the Briton responded.

While the two leaders played out their high-speed tactical battle, with Kari keeping a watching brief, Lorandi passed Aitken around the outside of Brooklands after using DRS to close in.

Boccolacci also got by Aitken as they went side-by-side into Copse and although the Renault F1 Academy member fought back he had to cede the place.

Russell had just got his lead up 1.1s when the VSC came out for Ryan Tveter’s stricken Trident car, which was stranded on Silverstone’s National pit straight.

It took the marshals a little while to clear his machine away, and Hubert was able to move closer to Russell, with Lorandi not far behind Kari.

At the restart, Russell leapt clear and stayed away to seal the win in front of his home crowd by 1.1s, but Lorandi jumped past Kari as soon as the green flag came out.

The Italian driver finished third but a message warning that all VSC offenders would be investigated after the race was displayed before the chequered flag came out.

Aitken moved back up to fourth after a frenetic scrap in the closing stages following a botched Boccolacci pass on Kari at Club, with the Trident driver gaining fifth place a short while later.

Arjun Maini and Giuliano Alesi were also involved in that late-race fight, with the Jenzer Motorsport driver holding onto seventh.

Kevin Jorg and Julien Falchero completed the top 10 ahead of Leonardo Pulcini.

The other non-finishers were Santino Ferrucci and former championship leader Nirei Fukuzumi, who slowed suddenly and dropped out of the fight with Kari and Aitken on lap one.

UPDATE: Boccolacci was handed a five-second time penalty for his collision with Kari, dropping him from fifth to eighth and giving him reverse grid pole for Sunday's sprint race.

DAMS driver Bruno Baptista meanwhile had 20 seconds added to his race time for a VSC infraction, dropping the Brazilian from 12th to 15th.

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