FIA Formula 3 CEO Bruno Michel looks back over another weekend of excellent racing and picks out his key topics from Round 7 in Monza. He discusses PREMA’s Championship victory, our latest race winner, and the intense drivers’ title battle.
With two rounds to spare, we have our Teams’ Champions: PREMA Racing sealed the title after Race 2 at Spa-Francorchamps, but they waited until Monza to celebrate a well-earned crown. They did so in the most fitted way, with a 1-2 in Race 1 last week as Robert Shwartzman led title rival Jehan Daruvala. They’ve dominated this season through and through and it was only a matter of time before they became Champions. Congratulations to everyone at the team!
Following a difficult first part of the season, Red Bull protégé Yuki Tsunoda has picked up the pace and for the last two rounds he has been fighting at the front. He enjoyed a maiden podium in Race 2 at Spa, before adding two more to his tally last week at Monza. The 19-year-old from Jenzer Motorsport took victory on Sunday and is making a strong impression on the rest of the field as the season is drawing to an end. I am interested to see what he will do at Sochi.
I’m also happy to note that with Tsunoda’s win, that’s the sixth team that’s claimed victory this season.
Down To The Wire
The final round of the season will take place at the end of the month, at Sochi in Russia. This is where we will see who will come out on top. Only Shwartzman and Daruvala can claim the 2019 crown, with the Russian the closest to the title. He heads to home soil with a 33-point gap to his teammate. He is clearly the title favourite, but I am quite excited to see how the weekend will unfold. Daruvala will be under huge pressure, while Shwartzman will be supported by the local fans. Whoever becomes Champion will be a worthy winner.
Get Well Soon Alex
Alex Peroni’s accident in Race 1 was particularly huge and we were all relieved and happy to see that he got out of the car on his own and walked without assistance to the medical car. We would like to wish him a speedy recovery and we’re impatient to see him back in the Championship.