Race Report

Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Oesterreich 2019

Circuit: RedBull Ring (A), Length 4,326 km, 28th - 30th June 2019, Rounds 5 & 6

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN), Andreas Estner (D) and Giorgio Carrara (ARG)

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Chasing positions at the RedBull Ring

The 2019 FIA F3 circus met up for the third event of the season as they ran as part of the Formula One programme at the Grosser Preis von Oesterreich 2019, held at the spectacular RedBull Ring Circuit. It was very obvious after Free Practice and Qualifying just how close the competition is within the highly competitive FIA F3 field.


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 28/06/19, 17.50 – 18.20, Weather: Sunny, 28°C

For this race, Giorgio Carrara, who has been driving in our FIA Formula 4 team since 2017, joined our drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Andreas Estner. Giorgio jumped in at the deep end, because this was his very first encounter with this powerful FIA F3 racing machine. Yuki had never driven this track before, and Andreas had to sit out a great part of the session, in which everyone else was improving, because of a technical defect. Yuki finished 21st 0.831 seconds back off pole, Giorgio was 24th and Andreas 29th.

At 17.50 the qualifying session started and it was still hot. The big field were straight on it and the lap times constantly improved, but five minutes before the end Sargeant came off the track and the session was stopped so he could be recovered. In the closing moments several more drivers managed to improve. Giorgio was best of our drivers and he claimed 22nd place. His time was 0.876 seconds off the pole time. Yuki could not repeat his morning time and finished in 27th place and Andreas made it to 29th.

Race One Grid
1st Marcus Armstrong (NZ) Prema 1:19.716
2nd Max Fewtrell (GB) ART 1:19.839
3rd Juri Vips (EST) Hitech 1:19.896
22nd Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:20.592
25th Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport 1:20.959
26th Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:21.558

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FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 29/06/19, 10.25, Weather: Sunny, 23°C

Yuki got a good start and immediately gained a few places. Then he got a bit over-optimistic, and in an attack that he attempted up the inside of the bend he made contact with another vehicle. As a result, the other driver spun off and lost a few places, while Yuki was handed a five-second time penalty for his actions. Although he continued to shine, carrying out some good overtaking manoeuvres that saw him get up to 13th place. He ended up being relegated to 16th in the end after the time penalty was applied, which was a shame. Andreas also started well and managed to work his way up to 23rd place during the very fast paced, demanding race. Giorgio managed his first start in the powerful, state-of-the-art race car well, but soon after he was hit from behind, leaving him with a flat rear tyre. Giorgio pitted for a new tyre and then returned to the track to finish the race, setting some very good lap times, and getting used to the use of DRS as well. Giorgio finished his first race in this category in 28th place.

The grid for the second race of the weekend was set by reversing the order of the first eight finishers in the first race, with the rest of the places set according to finishing order in the first race.

Results Race One
1st Juri Vips (EST) Hitech 38:27.360  
2nd Max Fewtrell (GB) ART Gap 2.805
3rd Marcus Armstrong (NZ) Prema Gap 3.213
16th Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport    
23rd Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
28th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Juri Vips (EST) in 1:21.042

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Race Two Grid
1st Lirim Zendeli (D) Sauber Junior  
2nd Jake Hughes (GB) HWA  
3rd Pedro Piquet (BRA) Trident  
4th Robert Shwartzman (RUS) Prema  
5th Jehan Daruvala (IND) Prema  
6th Marcus Armstrong (NZL) Prema  
16th Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport  
23rd Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport  
28th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport  

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FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 29/06/19, 09.35, Weather: Sunny, 24°C

Yuki got a great first lap and overtook several cars, moving forward all the time until he was 11th. In the restart after a Virtual Safety Car phase, Yuki managed to surprise the man in front and snatched 10th place. A few laps later on Yuki had the next competitor in his sights. His attack seemed to work, but at the last moment Verschoor pulled to the side and rammed Yuki off the track. Several drivers slipped past while Yuki was able to slot back in, and he did manage to work his way back up to 11th place once again. Verschoor was awarded a time penalty, but this was no help to Yuki, because the points that had been within reach were no longer possible. Giorgio and Andreas drove an exciting race and fought for positions together, overtaking each other a couple of times, before Andreas crossed the finish line in 20th place and Giorgio came home in 21st just behind him.

We look forward to the next race which will be held at Silverstone (GB) on the weekend of 14th July 2019.

Results Race Two
1st Jake Hughes (GB) HWA 34:47.494  
2nd Jehan Daruvala (IND) Prema Gap 4.727
3rd Robert Shwartzman (RUS) Prema Gap 4.850
11th Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
21st Giorgio Carrara (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Christian Lundgaard (ART) in 1:21.234

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Championship standings after 6 out of 18 races:

1st Robert Shwartzman (RUS), 90 points; 2nd Jehan Daruvala (IND), 82 points; 3rd Juri Vips (EST), 63 points; 4th Marcus Armstrong (NZ), 54 points; 5th Max Fewtrell (GB), 37 points; 6th Pedro Piquet (BRA), 35 points; 13th Yuki Tsunoda (JPN), 9 points

Yuki Tsunoda (JAP)

Andreas Estner (D)

Giorgio Carrara (CH)

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2019 FIA F3 Championship

10/11/12 May 2019 Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Catalunya (E)
21/22/23 June 2019 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Le Castellet (F)
28/29/30 June 2019 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix RedBull Ring (A)
12/13/14 July 2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Silverstone (GB)
2/3/4 August 2019 Formula 1 Ing Magyar Nagydij Hungaroring (HU)
30/31 Aug, 1 September 2019 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps (B)
6/7/8 September 2019 Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia Monza (I)
27/28/29 September 2019 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Sochi (RUS)


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