Formula 3 Italian Mugello Grand Prix 2020

The drivers and teams remain in Italy for another round, this time held in Mugello. Last time they raced, was prior 2000’s so for majority of the drivers are learning the new track to the calendar. Deledda and Nannini are the only two racing at their home track.

This race summary is for the second round in Italy.

Qualifying

Chovet was missing from qualifying because of Formula Regional commitments in Austria. Fraga was set in replace for Chovet, moving to Hitech from Charouz, but ended up not being able to, consequently missing the finale weekend.

Zendeli sets the first fastest lap of the session with a 1:36.346, but his teammate Beckmann already beats him to the front by 0.169 seconds. Stank went out of the circuit briefly to cause a yellow flag in sector two for a few seconds, before driving back onto track. Beckmann goes quicker for a 1:36.069, which Vesti misses out for first by 0.08 seconds to settle for 2nd. Sargeant beats him to 2nd, but Hughes ends up going quicker than the rest of the field with a 1:36.060, beating Beckmann by 0.009 seconds. For the final set of qualifying laps, Vesti goes provisional pole with a 1:35.943, but it’s beaten by Fernández, setting the quickest lap of the session with a 1:35. Zendeli, Sargeant and Hughes all beat the Spanish driver to the top three.

The grid is as follows:
1. Lirim Zendeli
2. Jake Hughes
3. Frederik Vesti
4. Enzo Fittipaldi
5. PENALISED Logan Sargeant
6. Sebastián Fernández
7. Théo Pourchaire
8. David Beckmann
9. Alexander Smolyar
10. Jack Doohan
11. Liam Lawson
12. PENALISED Dennis Hauger
13. Richard Verschoor
14. Alex Peroni
15. Matteo Nannini
16. PENALISED Oscar Piastri
17. David Schumacher
18. Olli Caldwell
19. Bent Viscaal
20. Federico Malvestiti
21. Lukas Dunner
22. Sophia Flörsch
23. PENALISED Michael Belov
24. Calan Williams
25. Roman Staněk
26. Cameron Das
27. Alessio Deledda
28. PENALISED Clément Novalak
29. DNS Igor Fraga
30. DNS Pierre-Louis Chovet

Feature Race

Zendeli keeps the lead from Hughes, whilst the British driver slots in behind though tries to make a move around the outside into the first corner. Behind, Pourchaire manages to move up to 5th from 7th after Fittipaldi and Fernández lost out at the start. Just the following lap, he sees an opportunity down into the first corner, past Sargeant. For championship fighter Piastri, he doesn’t make many moves up the grid in the first laps, still sat in 16th where he started. Lower down the grid, Nannini and Viscaal battle for 14th and 15th, whilst Piastri follows behind.

Fernández and Smolyar sit 8th and 9th together and both of them want to achieve the best results possible, thus consequently, fighting each other for track position. The Russian driver keeps ahead of the Spanish driver, but this battle was far from over. Piastri is working his way up the grid from 16th, going to 15th past Nannini around the outside. There was light contact with the Jenzer car but was nothing major to sustain damage or lose it on track.

At the front, Hughes sees a move on Zendeli for the race lead around the inside, but the German driver has a better exit to keep ahead. The British driver doesn’t back off and tries to do the same a lap later in the same corner, but the Trident driver was ready to defend from him. Viscaal drops off the timing sheets from 20th on the entry to lap five, which later revealed he had an issue and had to retire. Meanwhile, his teammate Verschoor moves up to 12th past Hauger.

Jake Hughes found an opportunity around the outside of Lirim Zendeli. With DRS, he reaches the rear wing of the German and then pulls it around the outside. With better grip, he manages to get a better exit to finally make the move. Zendeli, despite being told to save tyres to the end, decided to overtake the experienced Briton for the position and gets past once more. Similarly, the battle for fourth continued where Sargeant manages to overtake Pourchaire once again.

Behind, Piastri was still on his title hunt, moving up the grid from 14th to try and gain some points to battle Sargeant and Pourchaire to the final race. The Australian tries to go around Hauger around the outside like usual, but clips the front left of the Norweigan’s car and misses out on the position.
Pourchaire manages to get past Sargeant for fourth once again. The American tries to retaliate back and retake it, but backs out from it and sits behind the rookie. Lower down the order, Piastri makes his way past Hauger for 13th and had Verschoor ahead, having to catch up by 1 second. Belov also pushes his way up to 18th after starting 23rd.

Hughes sat 0.5 seconds behind Zendeli come the start of lap 12, to which he takes advantage of DRS and goes around the outside of Zendeli. They go side by side into the chicane but eventually backs out past the exit of the corner. The British driver has another go a lap later and does the same around the outside, but benefits to a better exit and now moves up. However, the battle for the lead has allowed Vesti to now be within 1 second to Hughes. Like the two at the front, the battle between the ART cars of Smolyar and Fernández continued for 8th with the Russian rookie ahead. Lower down, Nannini and Peroni fight each other for 15th, which the Australian manages to get ahead of the Italian once again.

With Vesti catching the back of Zendeli by 0.6 seconds from lap 12 and 13, he was now on the rear wing of the German driver. Turn one proved to be the overtake corner as Vesti manages to get past there around the outside after catching up with DRS. Just a lap later, he starts to put pressure on Hughes and goes for the lead of the race. For the battle in the midfield, Schumacher makes his way up to 15th past Peroni too.

Sargeant briefly goes onto the gravel, losing time to Fittipaldi behind. The Brazilian takes advantage of this and makes his way past the American just a lap later to now sit in 5th. Lower down the grid, Lawson sits in the top 10 after getting past Doohan, though now was sat 3 seconds behind Fernández in 9th. Nannini also gets past Peroni once again, this time for 16th. Peroni and Belov had a bit of contact whilst racing each other for 17th position. The Russian driver couldn’t lock his wheels into the corner and goes into the left sidepod of the Australian driver, but both came back to the race unhurt but now sitting in 18th and 19th after losing a position to Caldwell.

Hughes goes around the outside of Vesti to try and retake the lead but didn’t have enough grip to get past the Danish driver around the exit, leaving the Formula Regional champion to the front. Behind, Smolyar finally got past Beckmann despite battling with Fernández for a lot of the race. Piastri also gets past Doohan for 11th into the first corner.

Sargeant makes a move past Fittipaldi for 5th once again, putting him back into the lead of the championship. Behind, Beckmann briefly gets past Smolyar, but the Russian manages to defend from the German and keep 8th from him. Verschoor also gets past Doohan for 12th and now was 1 second behind Piastri. As well as this, Dunner makes his way up to 21st, moving past Staněk


Hughes goes around the outside into the first corner, retaking the lead from Vesti. He tries to retaliate back but backs out to avoid a collision, however, he was not backing out from the fight. Zendeli loses out to Pourchaire for the final podium position, whilst Sargeant loses 5th from Fittipaldi. Beckmann and Smolyar still are fighting for 7th position with Fernández sitting behind, seeing if there’s an opportunity to overtake.

Vesti gets past Hughes into the first corner, taking it from the Briton. Unfortunately for the experienced driver, he couldn’t get past him, allowing the Dane to take his second feature race win in a row. At the end, Staněk loses his car to go into the gravel, compromising his start for the next race.

The feature race results are:
1. Frederik Vesti
2. Jake Hughes
3. Théo Pourchaire
4. Lirim Zendeli
5. Enzo Fittipaldi
6. Logan Sargeant
7. Alexander Smolyar
8. David Beckmann
9. Sebastián Fernández
10. Liam Lawson
11. Oscar Piastri
12. Richard Verschoor
13. Jack Doohan
14. Dennis Hauger
15. David Schumacher
16. Matteo Nannini
17. Olli Caldwell
18. Federico Malvestiti
19. Calan Williams
20. Alex Peroni
21. Lukas Dunner
22. Sophia Flörsch
23. Cameron Das
24. Clément Novalak
25. Alessio Deledda
26. DNF / COMPLETED 90% Roman Staněk
27. Michael Belov
28. DNF Bent Viscaal
29. DNS Igor Fraga
30. DNS Pierre-Louis Chovet

Sprint Race

The sprint race grid is:
1. Liam Lawson
2. Sebastián Fernández
3. David Beckmann
4. Alexander Smolyar
5. Logan Sargeant
6. Enzo Fittipaldi
7. Lirim Zendeli
8. Théo Pourchaire
9. Jake Hughes
10. Frederik Vesti
11. Oscar Piastri
12. Richard Verschoor
13. Jack Doohan
14. Dennis Hauger
15. David Schumacher
16. Matteo Nannini
17. Olli Caldwell
18. Federico Malvestiti
19. Calan Williams
20. Alex Peroni
21. Lukas Dunner
22. Sophia Flörsch
23. Cameron Das
24. Clément Novalak
25. Alessio Deledda
26. Roman Staněk
27. Michael Belov
28. Bent Viscaal
29. DNS Igor Fraga
30. DNS Pierre-Louis Chovet

Liam Lawson retains the lead ahead of Fernández at the start, so the Spanish driver slots in behind. Smolyar makes his way past Fernández, whilst he, Sargeant and Zendeli all came together squeezing the American down the middle, sending him and Zendeli off into the gravel, ending both their races there. This, unfortunately, puts Sargeant out of championship contention as he is unable to receive any points, which in rollback, would mean Piastri would win. This allowed Piastri to move up to 7th whilst Pourchaire goes up to 8th.

The safety car comes back in on lap three. Smolyar gets a bad restart compared to Beckmann beside him, in which they go side by side into the first few corners, but manages to stay ahead of the German driver. Lower down, Pourchaire and Verschoor manage to pip Piastri and Vesti to 7th and 8th respectively. Pourchaire manages to make another move on Hughes for 6th out the exit of the first chicane. Hughes drops back to 8th just a corner later as Verschoor also manages to get past the British driver. Meanwhile. Vesti manages to make his way around the inside on Piastri to take 9th, whilst Doohan does the same on Hauger in the same corner. Unfortunately for the Danish driver, he loses positions to Doohan and Hauger to drop to 12th. Nannini made his way up to 13th past Schumacher, which Peroni did the same on Malvestiti. Williams and Dunner dropped from 18th and 19th respectively, losing out to two Carlin drivers Novalak and Das.

Vesti was on the rear wing of Hauger and tries to make his way back into the points. A slight lock up didn’t matter to the Danish driver as he passes him with ease into the first corner. Novalak made his way up to 15th, passing Schumacher, whilst Malvestiti and Caldwell battle each other for 17th, with the Italian maintaining ahead. Clément Novalak was charing through the grid and now sat in 14th after overtaking Nannini from 24th, already having made up 10 positions in six laps. Meanwhile, Vesti had now caught the back of Piastri after getting past Doohan for 9th.

Beckmann was hunting for second, which was occupied by Smolyar. Lower down the grid, Das drops positions after being pushed into the gravel by Williams. The Australian driver was later given a 5 second penalty for colliding with him. In the following lap, Beckmann finally passes Smolyar who was unable to catch Lawson. Fernández gets past Smolyar for 3rd down into the first corner whilst Vesti also manages to pass Piastri for 9th.

Smolyar’s good result was dropping as Fittipaldi manages to overtake him into the first corner and then Pourchaire saw a move and got the better exit to take it from the Russian. Just a lap later, Théo also gets ahead of Fittipaldi and was within championship reach. Behind, Caldwell passes Malvestiti and then to 18th after Schumacher passes him as well. It didn’t take long for Dunner to also get past the Italian driver as he drops back in the grid.

Lawson had reached a gap of 2.8 seconds to Beckmann in second. Smolyar drops to 7th after losing a position to Verschoor and now was under attack by Hughes. Another lap around the Mugello circuit and the Russian driver loses the position to the British driver. Unfortunately for Smolyar, Vesti also gets past, losing 3 positions in a few laps. Meanwhile, Dunner gets up to 17th from 21st on the grid.

Pourchaire takes Fernández into the first corner, which the Spanish driver tries to defend from, but loses out, allowing the French driver to now sits on the podium. Piastri does the same but on Smolyar for 9th in the same corner. Pourchaire, by sitting in 3rd, would miss out on the championship by one point, thus needed a fastest lap or another position to win.

Smolyar had been dropping down in the order, losing pace as Doohan now overtakes him for the final points paying position. Hauger follows suit to take 11th, though it offers no points. Meanwhile, Staněk gets up to 20th. For the fight for the championship, Piastri gets up to 8th after overtaking Vesti into the first corner, giving him more points to keep the title lead.

Fittipaldi gets past Sebastián Fernández for 4th, whilst Fernández’s teammate Smolyar gets back to 11th after overtaking Hauger. Unfortunately for the Spanish driver, he was dropping in pace and now lost 5th to Verschoor, who overtook around the outside of the first corner, a lap later.

Piastri had been catching the back of Hughes for laps, being within DRS distance. The British driver manages to pass Fernández round the first corner. Getting a better exit than the Spanish driver, he manages to close into his rear wing. With DRS down the main straight, Oscar takes 7th from Sebastián across the line.

The sprint race results are:
1. Liam Lawson
2. David Beckmann
3. Théo Pourchaire
4. Enzo Fittipaldi
5. Richard Verschoor
6. Jake Hughes
7. Oscar Piastri
8. Sebastián Fernández
9. Frederik Vesti
10. Alexander Smolyar
11. Jack Doohan
12. Dennis Hauger
13. Alexander Peroni
14. Clément Novalak
15. Matteo Nannini
16. Olli Caldwell
17. Lukas Dunner
18. Roman Staněk
19. David Schumacher
20. Bent Viscaal
21. Calan Williams
22. Federico Malvestiti
23. Michael Belov
24. Sophia Flörsch
25. Cameron Das
26. Alessio Deledda
27. DNF Logan Sargeant
28. DNF Lirim Zendeli
29. DNS Igor Fraga
30. DNS Pierre-Louis Chovet

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