The third and final race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the Autodromo Nazionale de Monza was halted and half points awarded for the second time this weekend as stewards put the whole race under investigation due to the driving standards of the drivers.
Much like the first two races of the weekend, there were a number of incidents up and down the field, but as in the previous two races, Prema Powerteam driver Felix Rosenqvist stayed out of trouble and took the victory.
Jake Dennis took second place from Van Amersfoort Racing’s Charles Leclerc to make it a Prema 1-2 for a second time this weekend after passing the Monegasque driver on the restart after the first safety car period.
Antonio Giovinazzi was classified fourth for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin ahead of Brandon Maisano of Prema Powerteam, with Giovinazzi’s team-mate Gustavo Menezes sixth. Carlin’s George Russell was seventh ahead of Mücke Motorsport’s Santino Ferrucci, with Lance Stroll of Prema Powerteam and Maximilian Günther of Mücke Motorsport completing the top ten.
Following an emergency meeting following the conclusion of race two on Saturday after issues with driving standards there, two drivers were excluded from starting race three following issues during the previous race, with Fortec Motorsports driver Matt Rao and Signature driver Dorian Boccolacci the unfortunate drivers. Boccolacci’s absence meant that both Signature drivers missed the race after Alexander Albon withdrew earlier in the weekend with engine issues on his car.
Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Ryan Tveter was eliminated on the first lap of the race as he struck the back of Team West-Tec F3’s Fabian Schiller, with the safety car being deployed while the young American driver was attended to by medical staff after being winded by the incident.
Other drivers also had problems with staying on track, with the final safety car of the weekend being caused by Mikkel Jensen breaking his suspension in a clash with Stroll, with stewards deciding enough was enough and calling the race.
After the earlier warnings, the stewards are likely to want to talk to all of the drivers before the championship resumes at Spa-Francorchamps in three weeks time.
Monza Race 3 Result
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||19m40.310s|
|2||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+1.441s|
|3||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||+2.700s|
|4||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+3.211s|
|5||24||Brandon Maisano||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+4.184s|
|6||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+4.745s|
|8||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||+7.365s|
|9||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+8.077s|
|10||28||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+8.966s|
|12||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||+10.749s|
|13||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||+12.066s|
|16||31||Hongwei Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+13.949s|
|17||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||+14.578s|
|18||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+14.947s|
|20||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||+17.348s|
|21||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.063s|
|23||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+20.643s|
|24||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||+21.894s|
|25||35||Kang Ling||CHN||Mucke Motorsport||+22.859s|
|RET||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||6 Laps|
|RET||11||Fabian Schiller||GER||Team West-Tec F3||4 Laps|
|RET||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||0 Laps|
|DNS||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport|
|DNS||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports|