As the curtain fell on FIA Formula 3’s epic 2020 season, Oscar Piastri did everything he needed to win the title by just two points from Théo Pourchaire who drove a fantastic race to third on the road but he couldn’t quite get the second place that would’ve secured him the title.
Piastri made a super start to get himself into seventh and ahead of Pourchaire but he lost places after the first lap safety car caused by the third contender Logan Sargeant as he was squeezed by Sebastián Fernández into turn two.
That took the American out of contention for the championship and left Pourchaire the only man who could stop Piastri, and boy did he try!
As he has done all season, Pourchaire executed some fine overtaking moves as he made his way to third but the nine point gap was too far for him to overcome as Piastri overtook Fernández on the line for seventh to ensure he would be champion.
Completely unnoticed out front though was pole-sitter Liam Lawson who made a great start and had the perfect safety car restart to drive off into the distance with David Beckmann nearly eight seconds behind in second.
Pourchaire completed the podium for his fourth in a row ahead of Enzo Fittipaldi who showed yet more promising race pace after a tricky start to the year. Richard Verschoor and Jake Hughes came next ahead of Piastri who won’t care one bit now he has confirmed his crown as 2020 F3 champion.
His PREMA teammate Frederik Vesti gave him a hard time throughout the race but the Dane could only manage ninth behind Fernández with Aleksandr Smolyar holding on to tenth after dropping back from what was second early on.
And all that brings FIA Formula 3 to an end for 2020 and it’s been one of the best F3 season’s ever and Oscar Piastri will be proud to call himself the champion.
|1||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||21 Laps|
|4||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||+10.399|
|5||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+10.982|
|6||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||+12.436|
|11||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||+20.684|
|12||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||+21.712|
|17||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||+26.133|
|20||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||+30.930|
|27||Logan Sargeant||PREMA||DNF (Crash)|
|28||Lirim Zendeli||Trident||DNF (Crash)|