Race Report

Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana 2020

Circuit: Barcelona (E), Length 4.655 km, 14th – 16th August 2020, Rounds 11 & 12

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

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Nannini with pole and podium in Barcelona

The FIA F3 Championship moved from Silverstone to Barcelona in order to compete in the F1 program of the Gran Premio de Espana 2020 on the demanding circuit of Barcelona. It was very obvious just how close the competition is within this highly competitive 30 car-strong field.

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Race One Qualifying

Friday, 14/08/20, 14.05 – 14.35, Weather: Sunny, 31°C

Free practice started early on Friday morning. Our drivers positioned themselves very positively, Matteo was 16th, Calan 18th and Federico 19th.
The qualifying began not much later, again in very hot temperatures. Now Matteo managed the best lap time, he achieved a very good 13th place on the grid. Calan was 25th and Federico 27th. After the session, some drivers received penalties and Matteo moved up to 11th on the grid.

Race One Grid
1st Logan Sargeant (USA) Prema 1:32.974
2nd Jake Hughes (GB) Prema 1:33.085
3rd Liam Lawson (NZL) Hitech 1:33.117
11th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer1:45.972 Motorsport 1:33.602
25th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.004
27th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.188


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Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 15/08/20, 10.25, Weather: Sunny, 29°C

The race started on time and the huge field made it’s way through the first corners. Viscaal landed in the gravel trap, which meant that the safety car had to be deployed. Matteo had managed to make up a place at the start and was 10th, Federico. 25th and Calan was 27th. At the restart, Matteo held his position and kept Fernadez well behind him. Calan and Federico also held their positions. A few laps later, Calan had worked his way up and overtook Federico. A little later, when restarting after a safety car phase due to an incident with Vesti, Matteo managed to keep 10th place. Calan was now 25th and Federico 26th. In this race the deterioration of the tires was particularly noticeable. From the middle of the race everyone tried to take care of the tires. At the very end there should be movement in the field again. Fernandez, who wanted to attack Matteo, fell back. After a flawless drive, Matteo managed to bring home 10th place and thus the first point in this championship. This also meant the pole position for the Sunday race. Calan finished in 25th position, with Federico right behind him in 26th.

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 Jake Hughes (GB) HWA 38:53.146  
2nd Liam Lawson (AUS) Hitech Gap 2.388
3rd Logan Sargeant (USA) Prema Gap 3.948
10th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
26th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Jake Hughes (GB) in 1:35.862


Race Two Grid
1st Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  
2nd Richard Verschoor (NL) MP Motorsport  
3rd Alexander Peroni (AUS) Campos  
4th Theo Pourchaire (F) ART  
5th Oscar Piastri (AUS) Prema  
6th David Beckmann (D) Trident  
25th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
26th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  



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Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 16/08/20, 09.35, Weather: Sunny, 27°C

Matteo was on pole for the first time in this category and did not get off quite as well as he had wished. A little wheelspin was enough and the following drivers shot forward. Matteo managed to defend 2nd place against Peroni, but Piastri had also shot forward and taken the lead. For long laps Matteo kept Peroni behind him and countered when the Australian overtook him. Then there was a safety car phase and at the restart Peroni managed to get past Matteo on the straight with the help of the DRS. Matteo managed to keep his 3rd place and also to handle his tires in such a way that they lasted to the finish. Calan got off to a good start and managed to make up several positions on the first lap. Now he was 17th. In the second half of the race he managed to overtake first Das, then Zendeli, and on the very last lap also Doohan. After an excellent race he reached the finish line in a good 14th position. Federico got underway a little less well and was 26th after the first lap. He managed to move up to 24th place and now had Flörsch in his sights. He had already passed when he was surprised by a flat tire and could not avoid a trip into the gravel bed. The tire was probably damaged in an earlier contact. Unfortunately, that ended Federico's race. Until his car was recovered, the safety car had been deployed again. Matteo succeeded in restarting well also this time and after shining in a great race he would not let go 3rd place in the final laps. He proudly climbed onto the podium in this category for the first time.

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We are looking forward to the next race which will take place after a short break on the weekend of 30th August in Spa-Francorchamps (B).

Results Race Two
1st Oscar Piastri (AUS) Prema 39:52.928  
2nd Alexander Peroni (AUS) Campos Gap 1.176
3rd Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 2.028
14th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Oscar Piastri (AUS) in 1:36.081



Championship standings after 12 out of 18 races:

1st Logan Sargeant (USA), 131 points; 2nd Oscar Piastri (AUS), 130 points; 3rd Liam Lawson (AUS), 99 points; 4th David Beckmann (D), 94.5 points; 5th Theo Pourchaire (F), 80 points; 6th Frederik Vesti (DK), 70.5 points; 16th Matteo Nannini (I), 11 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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