Race Report

Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix 2021

Circuit: Spa-Francorchamps (B), Length 7,003 km, 27th - 29th August 2021, Rounds 13, 14 & 15

Calan Williams (AUS), Johnathan Hoggard (GBR) and Filip Ugran (ROM)

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Hoggard shines in wet Spa

The 2021 FIA F3 met up for their fifth race event of a total of seven as part of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix 2021 program on the legendary Spa-Francorchamps (B) circuit. Spa is one of the most challenging venues on the calendar, and is one where good overtaking is to be expected. However, Spa is also known for being cool and wet!


Race One Qualifying

Friday, 27/08/21, 13.50 – 14.20, Weather: Rain, 12°C

In free practice on Friday morning, the track was dry after morning fog. Johnathan, who already knew the track, achieved a very good 10th place. Calan finished 21st on this demanding course. According to the FIA protocol, Due to medical reasons Filip was not able to take part in either free practice or qualifying session. It was now up to the stewards to decide whether he would be admitted to the races. He was allowed to start the first race (and the third) from the pit lane.

Even before the qualifying it started to rain at intervals. Everyone chose rain tires, even though it stopped raining for a while. Johnathan managed to repeat his performance and reached an excellent 9th place. Calan lost some time on his fastest lap in the middle sector, which brought him to 21st place in the end.

Race One Grid
1st Lorenzo Colombo (I) Campos  
2nd Jak Crawford (USA ) Hitech  
3rd Roman Stanek (CZE) Hitech  
4th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport  
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
29th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport  

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Race Three Grid
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident 2:21.953
2nd Victor Martins (F) MP 2:22.657
3rd Alexander Smolyar (RUS) ART 2:22.722
9th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 2:23.785
19th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport 2:25.077
29th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport ---


FIA F3 Championship

Race One (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 28/08/21, 10.05, Weather: Rain, 13°C

The race started a little late due to fog and heavy rain. The safety car led the field around the very wet track for the first two laps. Heavy spray blocked visibility and not many tried to overtake when the track was cleared. Johnathan managed to keep fourth place over long laps. Only in the final laps, when the track was a little drier, did four competitors push forward. Schumacher, Vesti, Collet and Martins. In close combat, they chased two wide through the Eau Rouge, with Johnathan still defending his place. But on the mountain he had lost some momentum and Vesti, Collet and Martins passed him immediately. Schumacher fell back and Collet was given a 5-second time penalty for a maneuver off the track that made him gain positions. This put Johnathan in 6th place in the penultimate lap. He brought this excellent place safely over the finish line after a strong drive. Calan had started well and, despite the poor visibility and difficult conditions in midfield, held his 19th place until three laps before the end when his fire extinguisher suddenly went off. Calan was distracted for a moment, which meant that several vehicles raced past him. Calan fell back to 24th place and finally brought it home well. Filip started the race from the pit lane and quickly caught up with the field. He drove his racing machine for the first time this weekend and fought well in the unfortunate conditions. When after an off track excursion he noticed that the engine temperature had risen sharply, he decided shortly before the end to drive back to the pit lane to have it checked. With that he was classified in 28th position.

Results Race One
1st Lorenzo Colombo (I) Campos 38:46.686  
2nd Jak Crawford (USA) Hitech Gap 13.471
3rd Roman Stanek (CZE) Hitech Gap 15.487
6th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
24th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
28th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Lorenzo Colombo (I) in 2:22.799

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Race Two Grid
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident  
2nd David Schumacher (D) Trident  
3rd Alexander Smolyar (RUS) ART  
7th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport  
24th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport  
28th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport  


FIA F3 Championship

Race Two (40 Minutes)

Saturday, 28/08/21, 17.55, Weather: Wet, 15°C

As the F1 qualification session dragged on for much longer than planned due to heavy rain, there was a delay of about an hour for the following races. The F3 race started at 6:50 p.m. The track was still wet even though the rain had subsided. There was still a lot of spray, but this time the start was not behind the safety car. Johnathan did not get off well and was 9th after the first lap. Now he had Leclerc and Hauger close behind, which were putting pressure on him. When Leclerc launched an attack, there was contact. Johnathan spun off the track and couldn't continue until the entire field was through. With that the goal of another top ten place was unfortunately out of reach. Johnathan finished the race in 25th place. Filip started very well and made up several positions. Over long laps he maintained 24th place. He was not deterred by the spray and avoided all accidents. This brought him to 19th place at the end of the race. Calan didn't risk anything and wanted to finish well. When a few raindrops fell and Cordeel and Yeany spun in front of him, Calan was also involved in the accident. With a badly damaged car his race ended prematurely. Fortunately, the drivers were fine, but the accident immediately brought out the safety car. There was not enough time for a restart and the race ended behind the safety car.

Results Race Two
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident 45:11.332  
2nd David Schumacher (D) Trident Gap 0.488
3rd Logan Sargeant (USA) Charouz Gap 1.093
19th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Clement Novalak (F) in 2:24.940

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FIA F3 Championship

Race Three (40 Minutes)

Sunday, 29/08/21, 10.40, Weather: Rain, 12°C

The third race also took place in extremely difficult conditions. The track was incredibly wet, and again two warm-up laps were driven behind the safety car. When the safety car came in, the start was rolling. Soon after the start, Johnathan managed to overtake Schumacher. This placed him in excellent 8th position. A few laps later, Schumacher managed the counterattack. Hauger, who was closing in behind Johnathan, equally found a way through. Johnathan was 10th. A few laps later, Johnathan went wide on the slippery track and went on a trip through the gravel bed. This dropped him back to 16th place, and that was the position in which he saw the checkered flag. Calan had moved up two places after the start and was 17th. He defended this position until shortly before the end when Rasmussen managed to overtake him. Calan finished the difficult race in 18th place. Filip started from the pit lane and drove a good race, which he finished in 25th place.

Results Race Three
1st Jack Doohan (AUS) Trident 33:52.417  
2nd Victor Martins (F) MP Gap 2.001
3rd Alexander Smolyar (RUS) MP Gap 12.205
16th Johnathan Hoggard (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Calan Williams (AUS) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Filip Ugran (ROM) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Victor Martins (F) in 2:23.928

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We are looking forward to the next racing event, which will take place in one week on the weekend of September 5, 2021 on the new circuit in the dunes of Zandvoort in Holland.


Championship standings after 15 out of 21 races:

1st Dennis Hauger (NOR), 158 points; 2nd Jack Doohan (AUS), 133 points; 3rd Frederik Vesti (DK), 101 points; 4th Victor Martins (F), 96 points; 5th Alexander Smolyar (RUS), 92 points; 6th Clement Novalak (F), 92 points; 19th Calan Williams (AUS), 18 points; 21st Johnathan Hoggard (GB), 6 points

Calan Williams (AUS)

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Johnathan Hoggard (GBR)

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Filip Ugran (ROM)

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2021 FIA F3 Championship

06 – 09 May 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Barcelona (E)
24 – 27 June 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Le Castellet (F)
1 - 4 July 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix RedBull Ring (A)
29 July – 1. August 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest (HU)
26 – 29 August 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps (B)
2 – 5 September 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Zandvoort (NL)
21 – 24 October 2021 Formula 1 Grand Prix Austin (USA)

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