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Race Report

2021 Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix

Circuit: Sochi (RUS), Length 5.848 km, 24th - 26th September 2021, Rounds 19, 20 & 21

Calan Williams (AUS), Johnathan Hoggard (GBR) and Filip Ugran (ROM)

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Hoggard shines with 3rd place in qualifying and 6th place in the final race in Sochi

The FIA F3 Teams met up at the intriguing Sochi (RUS) circuit, as ever in 2021 racing as one of the support races for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Because this was the last event of 2021, and the winner of the championship and the following positions were not yet decided, an exciting weekend was in prospect. Competition was tough and everybody gave it their best shot to try and impress.


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 24/09/21, 13.00 – 13.30, Weather: Sunny, 17°C

The free practice on Friday morning took place on a dry track. None of our drivers knew the demanding track. Calan finished in 15th place, Johnathan was right behind him in 16th place and Filip was 27th.
The qualifying session followed in the early afternoon. With 30 vehicles on the track, it got very hectic and our drivers got stuck in traffic. In the end Johnathan managed to secure 3rd place on the grid with an excellent performance. This was clearly his best place in a qualification so far! Calan and Filip fought hard to get an optimal lap. A break with a red flag didn't make things any easier. In the end, Calan was 21st and Filip 24th.

Race One Grid
1st Victor Martins (F) MP  
2nd Logan Sargeant (USA ) Charouz  
3rd Jak Crawford (USA) Hitech  
10th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport  
21st Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
24th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport  

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Race Three Grid
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident 1:54.514
2nd Clement Novalak (F) Trident 1:54.648
3rd Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.287
21st Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.503
24th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.263


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Race One (40 Minutes)

Friday, 24/09/21, 17.25, Weather: Cloudy, 15°C

Because the weather forecast for Saturday predicted a lot of rain, the first race of the FIA F3 was held on Friday evening. The sun was shining and the competition could begin under the best conditions. Johnathan avoided an accident after the start and lost some momentum. He fell back to 14th place. But when he found his rhythm again after a few laps and set fast lap times, he soon managed to regain a few positions. In the end he crossed the finish line in a good 12th place, which meant pole position for race 2. Filip got off to a great start. After the first lap he was in 18th place. But a few laps later, after a small contact, which sent him flying over the curbs he lost momentum. He fell back to 25th place. In the end he finished in this position with a slightly damaged car. Calan moved between places 21 and 20 during long laps, and finally managed to finish the race in 19th place.
Because Dennis Hauger scored good points in this race and, in contrast, Jack Doohan didn't collect a single point, this meant that it was already clear who would win the 2021 FIA F3 championship. The champion's name was Dennis Hauger!

Results Race One
1st Logan Sargeant (USA) Charouz 39:23.780  
2nd Dennis Hauger (NL) Prema Gap 0.649
3rd Clement Novalak (F) Trident Gap 3.466
12th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Clement Novalak (F) in 1:56.259

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Race Two Grid
1st Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport  
2nd Jak Crawford (USA) Hitech  
3rd Ayumu Iwasa (JPN) Hitech  
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
25th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport  

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Rennen 2 (40 Minuten)

Saturday, 25/09/21, 13.40, Weather: Rain, 15°C

As previously suspected, the weather on Saturday was very unfriendly. It had rained heavily during the night, and heavy thunderstorms came in the morning. It only cleared up at the time of the F1 qualifications. But the F3 race had to be canceled due to the averse weather conditions.

No result. Race cancelled.

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Race Three (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 26/09/21, 09.55, Weather: Cloudy, 15°C

On Sunday the weather was friendlier again and the program could be carried out as planned. Johnathan started from excellent 3rd place on the grid, which he had achieved in qualifying. Johnathan kept up with the super fast race pace of Doohan and Novalak for the first couple of laps. As a rookie, he didn't have the experience to hold onto the position until the end. Nevertheless, after a fast race, he reached the excellent 6th place, which was clearly his best result of the season. Calan started from 21st place and managed to climb up several positions during the race. He achieved a very good result with 12th place. Filip also managed to improve steadily during the race. Starting from 24th place, he saw the checkered flag in 19th place.

Results Race Three
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident 39:00.001  
2nd Frederik Vesti (DK) ART Gap 3.111
3rd Clement Novalak (F) Trident Gap 3.758
6th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
12th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Dennis Hauger (NOR) in 1:55.855

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We hope that you enjoyed the 2021 season and hope that you will continue to accompany us in 2022. Thank you for your interest and see you soon.


Championship standings after 21 races:

1st Dennis Hauger (NOR), 205 points; 2nd Jack Doohan (AUS), 179 points; 3rd Clement Novalak (F), 147 points; 4th Frederik Vesti (DK), 138 points; 5th Victor Martins (F), 131 points; 6th Alexander Smolyar (RUS), 107 points; 19th Calan Williams (AUS), 15 points; 20th Johnathan Hoggard (GB), 14 points

Calan Williams (AUS)

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Johnathan Hoggard (GBR)

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Filip Ugran (ROM)

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2021 FIA F3 Championship

06 – 09 May 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Barcelona (E)
24 – 27 June 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Le Castellet (F)
1 - 4 July 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix RedBull Ring (A)
29 July – 1. August 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest (HU)
26 – 29 August 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps (B)
2 – 5 September 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Zandvoort (NL)
23 – 26 September 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Sochi (RUS)

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