Race Report

Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia

Circuit Monza (I), Length 5.793 km, 4th - 6th September 2020, Rounds 15 & 16

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


Super Qualifying but no results in Monza

The FIA F3 Teams met up on the very fast Monza (I) circuit, as ever racing as one of the support races for the Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia 2020. This was their eight outing in Europe supporting the 2020 Grand Prix Programme. The weather was still agreeably warm throughout the weekend. Competition was tough and everybody gave it their best shot to try and shine.


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 03/09/20, 14.05 – 14.35, Weather: Sunny, 23°C

In free practice on Friday morning, Matteo reached the promising 12th place, Federico was 25th and Calan was 29th.
The qualification went very well, with the first set of tires Matteo was in 3rd place, Calan in 6th and Federico in 18th place. After everyone drove out again after changing tires, the session had to be broken off because Lawson's car had a fan when it was driving out, which was now in the middle of the track. The time had now shrunk to less than 9 minutes, and when the session started again, several cars drove very slowly, obstructing the competitors. Only a few managed to improve the lap times. Penalties were distributed after the session. Matteo was now listed in 2nd place, Calan in 4th place and Federico in 23rd place.

Race One Grid
1st Liam Lawson (AUS) Hitech 1:37.788
2nd Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.036
3rd Jake Hughes (I) HWA 1:38.051
4th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.064
23rd Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.865

FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 05/09/20, 10.25, Weather: Sunny, 25°C

After the start, Matteo managed to slot into second behind Lawson. Pourchaire and Hughes had more momentum and attacked immediately. Matteo fell back to 4th place. After that he managed to keep this place for long laps and to catch up with the top three again. Lawson had dropped to 3rd place. Matteo decided to take a chance on overtaking Lawson into the chicane. But the two collided. Matteo stopped with a flat tire and his race was over. Lawson was able to continue. Calan was 5th after the start and held this position well. He had caught up with Matteo, and behind them there was a distance to the next driver over several laps. Later Peroni was able to catch up and clashed right into Calan as he pulled into the chicane. Calan spun and and was only able to continue when almost the entire field had passed. He reached the finish line in 25th place. Federico had to avoid an accident after a few laps and went off track at high speed over the grass. He managed to file into the field again in 20th position. His tires were dirty and on the next few laps a couple of competitors managed to get past him. Towards the end of the race, Federico made up positions again and finished in 21st place.

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 Frederik Vesti (DK) Prema 38:22.192  
2nd Theo Pourchaire (F) ART Gap 0.899
3rd Oscar Piastri (AUS) Prema Gap 5.470
22nd Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Frederik Vesti (DK) in 1:39.877


Race Two Grid
1st Michael Belov (RUS) Charouz  
2nd Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) HWA  
3rd Bent Viscaal (NL) MP  
4th Lirim Zendeli (D) Trident  
5th Liam Lawson (AUS) Hitech  
6th Jake Hughes (GB) HWA  
22nd Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  
25th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
30th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  



FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 06/09/20, 09.45, Weather: Sunny, 22°C

The field of 30 vehicles set off again on Sunday morning in the most beautiful sunshine. Immediately after the start, Calan had contact in the chicane and came back into the pit lane with a damaged car. Equipped with a new front wing and new front tire, he drove back on the track. Since there were several accidents in the further course of the race and the order of the drivers kept changing, he finished 19th in the end. Matteo, who had to start at the back, improved to 21st place by the end. Federico started with the best starting position and was steadily making up positions. He had already moved up to 13th place when his tires began to wear off badly in the last laps. In the end he crossed the finish line in a good 15th place.
After the race several penalties were handed to drivers, which resulted in each of our drivers moving up one place in the results.

We look forward to the next race which will be held in just one week’s time at Mugello (I). This will already be the last race event for FIA F3 in this very special 2020 season.

Results Race Two
1st Jake Hughes (GB) HWA 37:52.033  
2nd Theo Pourchaire (F) ART Gap 4.252
3rd Alexander Smolyar (RUS) ART Gap 4.661
14th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Alexander Smolyar (RUS) in 1:40.208


Championship standings after 16 out of 18 races:

1st Oscar Piastri (AUS), 160 points; 2nd Logan Sargeant (USA), 152 points; 3rd Theo Pourchaire (F), 136 points; 4th Liam Lawson (AUS), 127 points; 5th David Beckmann (D), 123.5 points; 6th Frederik Vesti (DK), 117.5 points; 17th 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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