Piastri extends F3 championship lead

Australia's Oscar Piastri has notched two runner-up finishes in Budapest to extend his lead in the FIA F3 Championship.

Australian race driver Oscar Piastri has extended his points lead in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with a second runner-up finish in Budapest, Hungary.

Piastri took second in Sunday's 22-lap sprint race at the Hungaroring in his Dallara F3 behind winner German David Beckmann, replicating his result in Saturday's feature race when he was runner-up behind France's Theo Pourchaire.

The 19-year-old Melbourne driver also set the fastest lap of the race to receive two bonus points.

Starting ninth due to the reverse grid for the top-10 feature race finishers, Piastri made a smart start in the damp conditions, picking up two places on the opening lap.

At halfway he was running sixth before moving past his teammate, American Logan Sargeant, soon after.

Once past Norwegian Dennis Hauger, on lap 18, he set back-to-back quickest laps before the race finished under safety-car conditions after Federico Malvestiti crashed out.

Piastri has finished in the top 10 in all six races of the championship to date, and on the podium three times, and holds a commanding 26-point lead over Sargeant (76 to 50), with three of nine rounds completed.

Tasmanian Alex Peroni finished 10th, while Perth's Calan Williams was 15th. Bad luck continued to plague the Gold Coast's Jack Doohan, who cut a tyre and was the last finisher on the lead lap in 22nd.

The next two rounds of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship will take place over back-to-back weekends at England's Silverstone circuit on July 31-August 2 and August 7-9.