Pau F3: Russell controls two restarts to take first win of 2016
George Russell secured his first victory since his F3 debut last year in a Pau race interrupted by two safety car periods.
Russell had a good getaway off the line, quickly extending his lead to over a second from Sergio Sette Camara.
The Brazilian and Alessio Lorandi both took advantage of a sluggish start from front row starter Callum Ilott but a left rear puncture forced the Italian into the pits.
Russell continued to lead in the first half of the race but his advantage diminished after Pedro Piquet crashed into the barrier and triggered the safety car.
The Briton nailed the restart only for the race to be back under caution two laps later in order to clear Harrison Newey's car, the Briton having likewise hit the wall shortly after making contact with Arjun Maini.
With just two minutes and three laps left once back to green, Russell cruised to the finish, with Camara holding off Ilott to secure his first podium as a Red Bull junior.
Prema duo Lance Stroll and Ralf Aron finished fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching Race 1 winner Ben Barnicoat.
Anthoine Hubert overtook Mikkel Jensen on the first restart to claim seventh as the top 10 was completed by Joel Eriksson and Maini.
The Indian inherited the final pointscoring position when both F3 debutant David Beckmann and Maximilian Gunther retired in front of him.
The latter, who had started from the back of the grid after a qualifying shunt, impressively recovered to 11th, only to be drop out of contention after pitting.
Beckmann, in the meantime, retired with a broken rear wing, joining Nick Cassidy, Guan Yu Zhou and Ryan Tveter among the DNFs.
|1||George Russell||Hitech GP||00:34:18.884|
|2||Sérgio Sette Camara||Motopark||2.889|
|3||Callum Ilott||Van Amersfoort Racing||3.494|
|4||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||4.471|
|5||Ben Barnicoat||Hitech GP||5.066|
|6||Ralf Aron||Prema Powerteam||6.024|
|7||Anthoine Hubert||Van Amersfoort Racing||6.623|
|8||Mikkel Jensen||Mucke Motorsport||7.696|
|10||Arjun Maini||Threebond with T-Sport||10.105|
|12||Zhi Cong Li||Carlin||12.952|
|13||Nikita Mazepin||Hitech GP||13.404|
|14||Maximilian Günther||Prema Powerteam||+1 lap|
|15||Alessio Lorandi||Carlin||+1 lap|
|16||Nick Cassidy||Prema Powerteam||+1 lap|
|David Beckmann||Mucke Motorsport||+3 laps|
|Harrison Newey||Van Amersfoort Racing||+7 laps|
|Pedro Piquet||Van Amersfoort Racing||+13 laps|
|Guanyu Zhou||Motopark||+13 laps|
|Ryan Tveter||Carlin||+20 laps|
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