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Bortoleto wins season-opening F3 Feature Race in Bahrain

Bortoleto wins season-opening F3 Feature Race in Bahrain

Gabriel Bortoleto led teammate Oliver Goethe to a Trident one-two in the season-opening Feature Race of the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship, held at Bahrain International Circuit in support of the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bortoleto won in a total race time of 44 minutes 33.107 seconds after 22 laps, taking the chequered flag 0.869 seconds ahead of Goethe.

Dino Beganovic of PREMA Racing joined them on the podium in third after finishing 1.109s adrift.

Bortoleto grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Gabriele Mini of Hitech Pulse-Eight as the field headed into turn one right after the start.

The pair were engaged in a close fight midway through, but Bortoleto eventually powered to the win while Mini was handed a five-second time penalty, dropping him in the final classification to eighth.

Gregoire Saucy of ART Grand Prix finished fourth, Luke Browning came fifth for Hitech, Sprint Race winner Josep Maria Marti of Campos Racing was sixth, and Kaylen Frederick in the other ART was seventh ahead of Mini.

Hitech’s Sebastian Montoya and MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto completed the top 10 and the Feature Race’s points-scorers.