Race Report

2019 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

Circuit: Spa-Francorchamps (B), Length 7,003 km, 30th August - 1st September 2019, Rounds 11 & 12

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


Tsunoda with 2nd place podium in Spa

The 2019 FIA F3 met up for their sixth race event of a total of nine as part of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix 2019 program on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps (B) circuit. Spa is one of the most challenging venues on the calendar, and is one where much overtaking is to be expected.

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Race One Qualifying

Friday, 30/08/19, 17.50 – 18.20, Weather: Cloudy, 21°C

Giorgio Carrara drove our F3 racing machine here again as he has now decided to race in this category for the remainder of the season.
In free practice on Friday morning, Andreas set a very good 10th fastest time, and Giorgio was doing well in 14th. Yuki did not do any running on new tyres and was 20th.
In the qualifying session on Friday evening Yuki claimed an excellent 3rd place on the grid. Giorgio was in a decent 18th place in the 30-car strong field and Andreas, who probably drove rather too carefully this time out, was in 26th place.

Race One Grid
1st Jehan Daruvala (IND) Prema 2:05.125
2nd Pedro Piquet (BRA) Trident 2:05.356
3rd Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.540
18th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.396
26th Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport 2:07.475

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FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 31/08/19, 10.35, Weather: Sunny, 24°C

Yuki held on to 3rd place at the start, but almost immediately there were several accidents and the Virtual Safety Car had to be deployed. At the restart, Pulcini shot ahead and Yuki was 4th, though he counter-attacked immediately to dart through to claim 2nd. Shortly afterwards Daruvala and Shwartzman began to push up ahead. About halfway through the race everything calmed down a bit, and Yuki held on to 5th for a long time. Shortly before the end he was involved in a fight for places between four drivers who all wanted to make progress and Yuki finally crossed the finish line in an excellent 6th place. Giorgio lost some ground at the start and was 19th, but then he found his rhythm and after several place changes, left Kari and Drugovich behind and went on to overtake Verschoor at the end. Giorgio reached the finish after an eventful race in a very respectable 16th place. Andreas started well and immediately made up several places, holding station in 21st for a long time. Towards the end of the race there was more movement throughout the field and Andreas ran rather wide on one corner, which meant he dropped back and finally took the flag in 23rd.

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 Pedro Piquet (BRA) Trident 37:40.863  
2nd Robert Shwartzman (RUS) Prema Gap 2.222
3rd Jehan Daruvala (IND) Prema Gap 5.399
6th Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
23rd Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Pedro Piquet (BRA) in 2:08.911

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Race Two Grid
1st Marcus Armstrong (NZL) Prema  
2nd Leonardo Pulcini (I) Hitech  
3rd Yuki Tsunoda (JAP) Jenzer Motorsport  
4th Juri Vips (EST) Hitech  
5th Christian Lundgaard (DK) ART  
6th Jehan Daruvala (IND) Prema  
16th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport  
23rd Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport  

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FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 01/09/19, 11.00, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

Yuki made a good start and immediately slotted in in 2nd place behind Armstrong. There were a few accidents and the Safety Car had to be deployed. It was a full four laps before the restart could be permitted. Yuki was well prepared and held onto 2nd place. A little later, Lundgaard managed to pull past Yuki with the help of the DRS. However, two laps later, Yuki was able to counterattack and reclaim 2nd place. After a hard race, Yuki came home in an excellent 2nd place, his first podium in this category! Giorgio was not so lucky. After contact after the start, he soon had to retire with a flat tyre. Andreas held his place at the start and then moved steadily forward, finally finishing the race in 17th place.

We look forward to the next race which will be held in just one week’s time at Monza (I).

Results Race Two
1st Marcus Armstrong (NZL) Prema 42:03.504  
2nd Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 4.515
3rd Robert Shwartzman (RUS) Prema Gap 5.616
17th Andreas Estner (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Marcus Armstrong (NZ) in 2:08.535

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Championship standings after 12 out of 18 races:

1st Robert Shwartzman (RUS), 152 points; 2nd Jehan Daruvala (IND), 129 points; 3rd Juri Vips (EST), 122 points; 4th Marcus Armstrong (NZ), 119 points; 5th Christian Lundgaard (DK), 93 points; 6th Pedro Piquet (BRA), 74 points; 10th Yuki Tsunoda (JPN), 37 points

Yuki Tsunoda (JAP)

Andreas Estner (D)

Giorgio Carrara (ARG)

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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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