Race Report

Formula 1 Emirates 70th Anniversary GP

Circuit: Silverstone (GB), Length 5.901 km, 7th – 9th August 2020, Rounds 9 & 10

Calan Williams (AUS), Federico Malvestiti (ITA) and Matteo Nannini (ITA)

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No luck in Silverstone

The FIA F3 Championship took part in its fifth event in the Formula 1 program of the 2020 Formula 1 Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on the demanding, fast track in Silverstone (GB). The teams had stayed at the same venue and the drivers were now competing at Silverstone for the second time in a row.


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 31/07/20, 14.05 – 14.35, Weather: Sunny, 28°C

Free practice started early on Friday morning. Our drivers positioned themselves very positively, Federico set a very good 13th time, Calan was 17th and Matteo 21st.
The qualifying session began not much later, again in very warm temperatures. Now Matteo managed the best lap among the three, achieving a very good 14th place on the grid. Calan qualified 20th and Federico was 21st.

Race One Grid
1st Logan Sargeant (USA) Prema 1:45.063
2nd Liam Lawson (NZL) Hitech 1:45.297
3rd Jake Hughes (GB) Prema 1:45.407
14th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer1:45.972 Motorsport 1:45.972
20th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.279
21st Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.391


FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 01/08/20, 09.25, Weather: Sunny, 22°C

The start of the first race went well. Matteo slotted into 15th place after the first lap and was doing well. He improved his position to 13th place, fended off to hold the position and drove a very good pace until the last lap. Shortly before the end, Fernandez launched an attack on him and was almost in front when the two touched and both landed in the gravel. Fernandez was able to continue, but the race was unfortunately over for Matteo. Since he could have prevented the collision, he received a penalty: three places back for the next starting grid. A likely very good result turned into a bad starting position for the race on Sunday. Federico was in 20th place after the start. Calan lost some ground and was catching up from 23rd place. When he caught up with Federico in the fifth lap, he tried an attack. Things went wrong as the two collided. Federico spun and both cars reported damages. Both Federico and Calan were able to come into the pits, but that was the end of the race for both of them. Unfortunately, they both start from the back of the field on Sunday.

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

Results Race One
1st Logan Sargeant (USA) Prema 36:14.262  
2nd Jake Hughes (GB) HWA Gap 1.552
3rd Liam Lawson (AUS) Hitech Gap 2.025
DNF: Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Liam Lawson (NZ) in 1:47.665


Race Two Grid
1st Ben Barnicoat (GB) Carlin  
2nd Lirim Zendeli (D) Trident  
3rd Bent Viscaal (NL) MP Motorsport  
4th Oscar Piastri (AUS) Prema  
5th Theo Pourchaire (F) ART  
6th David Beckmann (D) Trident  
27th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
28th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  
30th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  



FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 02/08/20, 08.35, Weather: Sunny, 16°C

The race started in slightly cooler temperatures. Almost immediately, a couple of drivers spun and came shooting back on track uncontrolled. Calan tried to dodge, but couldn't avoid a collision. The safety car was dispatched so that the stranded vehicles could be claread away. Calan was ok, but his car was badly damaged and his race was already over. A pity! Matteo and Federico went away well, kept away from the incident and were running in 23rd and 24th place respectively. Matteo made some good progressions, improving up to 15th place. In the last laps, Fernandez and Smolyar edged past Matteo with the help of the DRS. Matteo didn’t risk anything and brought home a good 17th place. Federico drove well too. He was involved in some battles for positions and fell back a few places after a maneuver which did not work out. Federico crossed the finish line in 23rd place. Due to a penalty applied to another driver, Matteo moved up to 16th place in the results list.

We are looking forward to the next race which will take place next weekend in Spain, near Barcelona on the Catalunya Circuit.

Results Race Two
1st Bent Viscaal (NL) MP Motorsport 40:32.362  
2nd Lirim Zendeli (D) Trident Gap 0.189
3rd Theo Pourchaire (F) ART Gap 8.395
16th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
23rd Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Bent Viscaal (NL) in 1:46.632



Championship standings after 10 out of 18 races:

1st Logan Sargeant (USA), 106 points; 2nd Oscar Piastri (AUS), 105 points; 3rd David Beckmann (D), 82.5 points; 4th Liam Lawson (AUS), 77 points; 5th Frederik Vesti (DK), 70.5 points; 6th Theo Pourchaire (F), 69 points

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2020 FIA F3 Championship – New Calendar

3/4/5 July 2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix RedBull Ring (A)
10/11/12 July 2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix No 2 RedBull Ring (A)
17/18/19 July 2020 Formula 1 Ing Magyar Nagydij Hungaroring (HU)
31 July / 1/2 August 2020 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Silverstone (GB)
7/8/9 August 2020 Formula 1 Emirates 70th Anniversary GP Silverstone (GB)
14/15/16 August 2020 Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Catalunya (E)
28/29/30 August 2020 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps (B)
4/5/6 September 2020 Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia 1 Monza (I)
11/12/13 September 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Italy 2 Mugello (I)


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