The FIA Formula 3 campaign returns for Round 4 at Silverstone in Great Britain, but what should you be watching out for this weekend?
WILL PREMA’S TRIO STEP IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH?
Oscar Piastri may be leading the Championship, but all three of PREMA Racing’s drivers have impressed in the early stages, albeit none as consistently as the Australian.
Frederik Vesti is one of five different race winners so far, but his progress was hampered by two retirements in Budapest. Logan Sargeant has also been strong, taking podiums in both Round 1 and 2, but he’s yet to claim a race win to truly assert his title ambitions.
Piastri has taken a race win, two more podiums, and is yet to finish outside of the points.Three rounds in, he looks to be the strongest of the Italian side’s rostrum. The second triple-header of the season will reveal whether this is actually the case, as he will either begin to pull away from his rivals, or the gap at the top will close.
CAN THE BRITISH DRIVERS SURPRISE A FEW?
It’s been a difficult start to the season for British-born drivers. Max Fewtrell’s expected title bid has so far fallen short. The Hitech racer has scored just five points from the opening three rounds, at a Hitech side who are struggling to match their form from 2020.
Fellow Briton Jake Hughes is fairing even worse. The HWA RACELAB driver has scored just half a point so far, whereas he’d already won a race by this point in 2019. Hughes will be particularly aggrieved to have missed out on at least a podium in the second round of the season in Spielberg, after a collision with Liam Lawson from second place in Race 2 that forced him to retire.
They will be hoping some home comforts can kick-start their campaigns.
BECKMANN CAN CONTINUE HIS RESURGENCE
In many ways, Trident’s David Beckmann has been one of the surprise packages of the 2020 season, after a disappointing 2019 season with ART Grand Prix. In others, he’s simply back performing to the standards he set for himself at Trident in 2018..
Two podiums and a win in Race 2 last time out place him fourth in the standings behind only Théo Pourchaire, and PREMA duo Sargeant and Piastri.
The German is yet to finish outside of the points and seems to get better with each passing round. Keep up this type of consistency and he won’t be far off it.
We have already seen plenty of proof this season that the F3 grid need little excuse to pull off a daring overtake – think Liam Lawson in Race 2 of Round 2, when the Kiwi dived between Hughes and Pourchaire for a stunning double overtake, and the race lead.
Silverstone’s width, and the competitiveness of the F3 field, will see overtakes take place throughout the circuit. The first turn at Abbey always provides enthralling race starts, and plenty of moves throughout the races.
Another key section will be the combination of turns leading towards Hanger Straight, which should favour the likes of PREMA, ART and Trident, who have been the fastest on the grid so far this season.