Liam Lawson provided a great demonstration of his fabulous talent in winning the FIA F3 Race 1 at Silverstone.The 18-year-old New Zealander took the lead with a typically bold move on Lap 1 and then paced himself perfectly to score a great home victory for the Hitech team.Fellow Red Bull Juniors Dennis Hauger, Igor Fraga and Jack Doohan all wanted more from the British Grand Prix but each has pace that can produce points in Silverstone 2.
Liam Lawson #5 Hitech GP, at round four of the FIA Formula 3 Championship.© DUTCH PHOTO AGENCY/RED BULL CONTENT POOL01/04Lawson all class“Yes it was obviously a very good turnaround for us,” enthused the Kiwi who had suffered two technical failures in Hungary. “All the hard work everyone has put in has paid off. We have good pace in Quali, at least for this track. The race pace yesterday was OK, today we weren’t quick enough so we still have work to do but it was really good to get the result in Race 1.”The race win was built on that first lap overtake. “It was nice, it was a good pass. I had a little bit more tyre temp at that point than Logan (Sargeant), I did a good warm up. I could see in that first lap that I had more pace and I saw that as one of the few opportunities that I would get and I went for it.”Lawson said that he did’t make a perfect getaway from P2. “He (Sargeant) had a really good start, I had a better start today but yesterday I wasn’t quite quick enough and got a bit boxed in through the early corners but still had better pace and could make the moved later round the lap.”“Today it just wasn’t the same. A really great start, made up some places and then I was driving conservatively so that I would have the tyre last. Even though I was doing that and the guys in front were definitely pushing a lot more but somehow they ended up driving away from me, I just didn’t have tyres for the second half of the race.”“That’s hard to understand and we have to understand it and figure out a way to avoid it happening again because I think it cost us a lot today. We could have been a lot higher up.”Though struggling with tyres, Lawson still kept pushing and at one point made the pass for 5th. “I had no fronts by that point and though I’d got the pass done I had no grip and he just drove round me again. I was just hanging on as best I could to the end,” added Lawson who eventually crossed the line 7th after starting 10th.Hauger hindered by grid position“The weekend could have been better,” stated the 17-year-old Norwegian. ”I think that Qualifying is so important here.“In Free Practice I think that the pace was actually decent. In the first stint we were like top 5, then in the second stint I didn’t really get a lap in. So while everyone improved I didn’t really get it.”“I think that the pace looked promising though and I was quite confident going into Qualifying. But we really struggled in Quali, about P12 in the first stint and even worse in the second stint.”“That is something we really need to work on for next week,” stated the Hitech driver.“In Race 1 I got a decent start and really just kept it clean. I think that the pace wasn’t the best. I got some pressure from behind, then started going better through the race. I think that the lap time wasn’t great but if we put it all together it wasn’t bad but there are quite a few things to work on I think.”“So we finished P16 from P19 even with a 5 second penalty. That seemed a bit hard, It was lap 1, I really did leave quite a bit of space on the inside and never thought the driver should need more. There was contact but not much damage.”“I started Race 2 in P16 and the start was pretty good, I got a couple of positions round the outside in Turn 3. I tried to be more aggressive in the first lap. I got up to like P14 or something and the pace was improving after some laps.”“A Safety Car came out, that was good for me, cooled the tyres a bit. I then got a decent restart and I managed to get around Zendeli for P11 in the first section which was decent but couldn’t get away as there was no one in front and he got back past me with the DRS.”“After that I was staying behind him to catch the group in front. We were doing that but at the end I had an issue with the fuel pump, lost so much power I was just rolling down the straights.”“So I dropped back to P17 unfortunately but I think in that race we did make a big step that we can bring to the second Silverstone weekend.”Fraga with problems but speedThe 21-year-old Brazilian Igor Fraga continues to show great pace any time he has a clear run and charged from P23 to 15 in Race 1. “Yesterday the car was not perfect but I think we had a decent pace and I was able to capitalise on opportunities that I had during the race, I could overtake a good number of cars. There were also some accidents, some gave me the chance to go forwards and other I was too close to and had to avoid and brake so I then lost places, so it went both ways.”“Still getting up to P15 was not bad, I am glad that I finished in one piece and well ahead of where I started. It is just a shame that I could not continue today,” stated the Charouz driver.“Today it seemed to be an electrical issue again, the battery I think, something like that.”“It is frustrating, the season has been really tough so far as we have had a lot of issues. In a category like this where you have such limited track time, whenever you have some problems it really makes everything more difficult very quickly.”“You build up less experience than the other drivers. There is nothing much I can do about it, only to continue to do my best every weekend. That is what I will do again next week here.”Doohan held captive by misfortune“Someone said I need to go and see a witch about finding some luck, I’m about at the point I’d try anything,” admitted the 17-year-old Australian who again had two troubled drives through no fault of his own.“It was a tough weekend. In practice I don’t think we were really in the window. Then the track evolved a lot between Practice and Qualifying. It was hotter and I knew it would evolve and things would change but we missed the boat on that. That’s a bit outside my control and quite frustrating. I just did the best I could with what I had.”“I thought in the first run that I did a really good lap with a really good first sector and then the engineer ame on the radio and tells me I’m half a second off in Sector 1. You put it on the limit and you drive your heart out and it’s just not there.”“We made a big, big change for Race 1,” explained the HWA driver. “We went completely different to everyone in the team. It was a gamble but I think my only clear lap in the race was at that time the third quickest in the race and still overall we were 7th quickest. Which again shows the pace is there but it doesn’t show when we are coming from so far back.”“Then I got taken out in someone else’s accident. I was just biding my time a bit and got taken out. The guy spun and I had nowhere to go.”“In Race 2 on lap 2 I was making an overtake and I don’t know how but the other driver just seemed to understeer and drive into the rear of my car and cause a puncture. I was frustrated, four races in a row when things didn’t go our way. Nothing I could do over the two weekends to change that.”