Russell wins; Arjun finishes 7th: GP3 Series

By | July 16, 2017

Silverstone, 15 July 2017L

2017 GP3 Series Round 3.
Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK.
George Russell (GBR, ART Grand Prix). Anthoine Hubert (FRA, ART Grand Prix). and Alessio Lorandi (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport).
Saturday 15 July 2017
Photo: /GP3 Series Media Service.
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George Russell brought a smile to the faces of the local fans with a strong win in gloomy conditions in this afternoon’s Race 1 at Silverstone, easing into the lead early on before leading for the remainder of the race ahead of teammate Anthoine Hubert and Alessio Lorandi.

But the Briton didn’t have it all his own way: when the lights went out it was Hubert who led the field into turn 1, making a brilliant start to mug the poleman for P1 while behind him Jack Aitken made a brilliant start from P5 to grab third from teammate Nirei Fukuzumi, with ART holding the top 4 places before Niko Kari blasted past both of them as the Japanese driver slowed to a stop, with Lorandi, Dorian Boccolacci and Ryan Tveter lined up behind Aitken at the end of the lap.
Russell was not to be denied, however, and it was lap 4 when he took a long tow and blew past Hubert for the lead of the race on Hangar straight. 3 laps later and it was Lorandi who was on the move, attacking Aitken for P4 at Bridge and looking forward for more as most of the grid looked to preserve their tyres for the end of the race.
On lap 14 Tveter slowed to a halt, his strong drive broken with his car on the side of the circuit, prompting a VSC period to remove his vehicle. Lorandi was ready for the restart 2 laps later and blew past Kari when the race went live and was soon all over the back of Hubert, who now had to look in his mirrors instead of ahead to the race lead.
As the last few laps rolled down it was Russell who was first to the flag, just a second ahead of the battle for P2, finally secured by Hubert over Lorandi for his first podium. Behind them Aitken held on for P4 in an eventful race ahead of a storming Boccolacci, who finished ahead of a fierce late squabble between Kari, Maini and Alesi, with Kevin Joerg and Julien Falchero rounding out the points in 9th and 10th.
Provisional Race 1 Classification
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
Dorian Boccolacci
Niko Kari
Arden International
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
Giuliano Alesi
Kevin Jörg
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
Bruno Baptista
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
Tatiana Calderon
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
Not Classified
Ryan Tveter
Santino Ferrucci
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap 
Giuliano Alesi
1:49.838 on lap 18
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