Race Report

2020 Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix

Circuit: Mugello (I), Length 5.245 km, 11th - 13th September 2020, Rounds 17 & 18

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

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The racing season ends at Mugello

The FIA F3 teams competed for the ninth and last event of this season in the program of the Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix 2020, on the fluid and demanding track of Mugello (I). The weather was summerly hot once more. The competition was fierce and although the track was new to the series, the lap times were, as always, very close.


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 11/09/20, 14.05 – 14.35, Weather: Sunny, 23°C

In the free practice session on Friday morning, Matteo reached the very promising 6th place, Federico was 22nd and Calan, who had never raced on this track before, was in 24th position.
Matteo had big goals in qualifying, but in the end it didn't quite work out as planned. He reached 15th place on the grid. Federico was 20th. He had to put in an additional pit stop because one of his tyres was vibrating heavily. After that, he only had one lap left to improve his time. Calan improved with every lap, but it wasn't easy as he had never raced here before. He reached 24th position.

Race One Grid
1st Lirim Zendeli (D) Trident 1:35.328
2nd Jake Hughes (I) HWA 1:35.453
3rd Frederik Vesti (DK) Prema 1:35.548
15th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer1:45.972 Motorsport 1:36.135
20th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.364
24th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.853

FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 12/09/20, 10.25, Weather: Sunny, 26°C

The huge field of the FIA F3 started well. Since it would not be easy to overtake on the very fluid circuit, everyone immediately tried to gain positions. Matteo was in a long battle with Peroni and they changed position several times with the help of the DRS. Towards the end Peroni's tires were badly worn and he dropped back. Matteo crossed the finish line in 16th place after a demanding race. Federico started well and immediately improved. He managed to make up another place during the race and crossed the finish line in 18th place after a flawless race. Calan drove cautiously at first, but he found his way around the track better and better. In the end he was the one who had improved the most positions. From 24th place he moved up to 19th 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 34:42.873  
2nd Jake Hughes (GB) HWA Gap 0.324
3rd Theo Pourchaire (F) ART Gap 2.045
16th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Lirim Zendeli (D) in 1:37.127

Race Two Grid
1st Liam Lawson (AUS) Hitech  
2nd Sebastian Fernandez (E) ART  
3rd David Beckmann (D) Trident  
4th Alexander Smolyar (RUS) ART  
5th Logan Sargeant (USA) Prema  
6th Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) HWA  
16th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  
18th Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport  
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  


FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 13/09/20, 09.45, Weather: Sunny, 24°C

The last race of the season was also exciting, as three drivers could still become champions: Oscar Piastri, Logan Sargeant and Theo Pourchaire. After the start there was an accident between Zendeli and Sargeant, which meant the end of the race for both of them, and also that Logan Sargeant could no longer win the championship. The safety car was deployed. In the end, Oscar Piastri managed to secure the title for himself. He won the 2020 FIA F3 championship just a few points ahead of Theo Pourchaire and Logan Sargeant.
Matteo drove a very good race. Although he was involved in various battles for positions, in the end he managed to keep his tyres alive in order to come home in 15th place safely. Calan had meanwhile moved up to 18th place, but was given a 5 second penalty for a collision with Das. With this he dropped back to 21st place in the end. Federico had started well and was already up in 16th place. As the race went on his tyres detoriated and in the end were so bad that he couldn't fight anymore and was overtaken by a couple of competitors. He reached the finishing line in 22nd place.

This means that the 2020 racing season for the FIA F3 is already over. We are now looking forward to the post-season test days, which are on the program to take place in Barcelona and Jerez in October.

Results Race Two
1st Liam Lawson (NZL) Hitech 37:52.033  
2nd David Beckmann (D) Trident Gap 7.806
3rd Theo Pourchaire (F) ART Gap 9.193
15th Matteo Nannini (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
21st Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
22nd Federico Malvestiti (ITA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Frederik Vesti (DK) in 1:37.879


Championship final standings after 18 races:

1st Oscar Piastri (AUS), 164 points; 2nd Theo Pourchaire (F), 161 points; 3rd Logan Sargeant (USA), 160 points; 4th Frederik Vesti (DK), 146,5 points; 5th Liam Lawson (AUS), 143 points; 6th David Beckmann (D), 139.5 points; 18th 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 Tuscan Grand Prix Mugello (I)


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