With the first rounds of the Formua 3 season finishing, the drivers and teams move onto the third round, going to Hungary. This is the final round of the triple header with qualifying on the 17th, the Feature Race on the 18th July and the Sprint Race on the 19th July. If you’re looking to keep up to date with all of the racing this weekend, your schedule is as followed: Friday will see Practice at 9:35 am until 10:20 am and Qualifying at 2:05 pm until 2:35 pm, Saturday will see the Feature Race at 10:25 am until 11:05 am and Sunday will see the Sprint Race at 9:45 am until 10:25 am. All times are local track times.
Together, we sat down to discuss our predictions for the third round and had a look at what you thought would happen this weekend.
They could easily be taking the most points in hungary.
For a third week because I truly feel that we are yet to see what this driver is capable of, I’m putting my faith back into Max Fewtrell. Although his two weeks in Austria wasn’t what we wanted to see, he picked it up in the second weekend and I believe it can only get better from here. I also have a lot of faith in Beckmann and Zendeli to do well this weekend as they really have been showing that they’re in a great position to fight for the title. I can see either of these drivers starting from pole position this weekend. As per usual, I can see all three Prema drivers hitting the podiums, wether thats in the Feature Race or Sprint Race. This weekend I can see either Novalak or Pourchaire on the podium again in the sprint race.
Regarding things like fastest laps, I can see Piastri and Hughes taking them across this weekend. Both drivers are constantly on the pace no matter where they place. Looking towards the teams, I can see Trident potentially taking the most points this weekend ahead of Prema. The team really has been proving themselves this season and although they won’t be knocking Prema from their top spot, they could easily be taking the most points in Hungary.
Sticking by saying Sargeant will be the champion this year, I’m saying he’ll definitely be one of the winners this weekend, if not, one of the podium finishers. With Prema being so overly dominant, it wouldn’t be a shock if either of the rookies being there too with Sargeant. Along with the Prema trio, I can see the Trident trio also doing well. Their successes in the first two rounds were crazily good, especially with Beckmann, who was only invited back in time for the first round and Zendeli. Away from the front two teams, I’d keep an eye out for Verschoor and Hughes, who will be looking for redemption after the sprint race last weekend.
Definitely someone to look out for is Pourchaire, who managed to win the sprint race. It will be a lot of pressure to carry through into this weekend, but I’m sure he will be able to keep up the momentum. Another I’d say is Novalak, who is a strong rookie, but had an unfortunate weekend full of incidents and travesty.
To no surprise, Prema is absolutely dominating the championship once more, so I am putting them up on the top of the list. This is then followed by the talented trio that drive for Trident. They have amazed me this year and I’m sure they can keep this going into this weekend. I’m hoping Hitech can make their step up again because this time it’s a new track, so hopefully it’s a new turnaround.
I’d Keep an eye out for hughes who will be looking for redemption.
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
As the weekends progress further, we see a lot more similarities as opposed to differences. This is regularly due to the fact that we naturally already share the same opinions and with the same few showing their faces around the podium, it only makes sense that our opinions sit close by. With that being said, I still have faith in Fewtrell to show himself while Jess does not. We both agree that the Prema boys, Zendeli and Beckmann will do well although Jess holds out that little bit of hope for Olli Caldwell. Jess and I both also agree that the two rookies, Pourchaire and Novalak, will be back and better than ever this weekend while also agreeing that Jake Hughes will prove his worth however, Jess can also see Verschoor coming back for redemption.
We asked the audience who they could see doing well this year and how they think this weekend will pan out. For once, the qualifying response held a large variant. We found both Fernandez and Sargeant take 25% of the votes each. Taking 12.5% of the votes each was Lawson, Novalak, Piastri and Vesti. That reflected on to who they found would finish on top with the two of the Prema Drivers, Sargeant and Piastri, taking 37.5% each. Two new names hit the grid with Beckmann and Pourchaire both taking 12.5% each.
Runner up found Piastri taking 37.5% of the votes again while Fernandez took 25%. Sargeant, Lawson and Verschoor each took 12.5% of the votes. Third place saw an array of new names as we saw Fewtrell and Pourchaire take 25% each. The remainder of the votes saw Zendeli, Beckmann, Peroni and Sargeant with 12.5%. We then looked at the races fastest lap where Oscar Piastri took the majority with 62.5% of the votes. Peroni, Fittipaldi and Pourchaire also each took 12.5%.
The Sprint Race held a mixed response. Fewtrell, Lawson, Pourchaire, Fernandez, Caldwell and Piastri each took 12.5% of the votes while Vesti took 25%. The variant remained as we went to look at the runners up with Hauger, Pourchaire, Hughes, Fewtrell, Sargeant and Zendeli each took 12.5% of the votes while Lawson took 25%. Third saw Fewtrell dominate with 37.5%, closely followed by Lawson with 25% and Pourchaire, Beckmann and Verschoor taking 12.5%. To finish off the Sprint race, we looked at the fastest lap. Zendeli and Lawson each took 25% while Pourchaire, Sargeant, Hauger and Vershoor took 12.5% each.
Overall for the weekend, the audience believed that Fewtrell would be the most surprising driver with 37.5% while Pourchaire was second with 25%. Beckmann, Fraga and Ahmed were the other three names mentioned with 12.5% each. 62.5% believe that Prema will take the most points this weekend with honourable mentions going to Hitech, ART and Campos Racing. One person even went on to say that Campos has been very consistent the first two rounds. So I think they have a great chance of racking up the most points.
Overall, the Prema boys are looking the most favourable with some people putting their full faith back into Hitech and the rest averting their eyes. Will we see the rookies pull a power move once more? Will we see some new faces on the podium? This weekend will definitely be something else.
We will see you Monday at 5pm BST Time with your race rundown and Wednesday at 5pm BST for our race review. Keep a look out if you want a chance at having your say on the Formula 3 Styrian Grand Prix 2020.