CEO Bruno Michel looks back at the FIA Formula 3 season finale and picks out his key topics from Round 9 in Mugello.
He discusses Oscar Piastri’s title win and looks at the contenders who narrowly missed out. He also speaks about the intense finale and the congratulates everyone for their hard work in a season like no other.
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Congratulations to Oscar Piastri on taking this season’s Formula 3 crown! As the 2019 Formula Renault Champion, he was regarded as one of the main title contenders after he joined the grid. He quickly topped the standings and sustained huge pressure from his teammate Logan Sargeant. He remained calm and managed to do exactly what was needed to come out on top and claim the title in the final race of the season. His F3 pedigree includes two wins, six podiums and two fastest laps. I really hope that he will join F2 next season so that he can continue to develop his skills.
I also want to congratulate Théo Pourchaire and Logan Sargeant on their brilliant seasons. The American driver has done little wrong this year and drove like a potential champion with two wins, six podiums, three pole positions and two fastest laps. I feel sorry that a racing incident on the opening lap of the final race deprived him of his chances to fight for the title. As for Pourchaire, he became a driver to watch early on, with two wins and an impressive eight podiums. He said he gave his all last Sunday and you could see it from the outside. He finished second overall, something he can be very proud of, at just seventeen years old.
What a season this has been! Last Sunday at Mugello the race was riveting. Our eyes were glued to the screen. As Liam Lawson dominated the rest of the field, it was really enthralling to see Pourchaire moving up the field as Piastri carefully nurtured his points advantage. We ended the season with a total of nine different drivers from six different teams taking wins, with half of our grid of thirty drivers getting to stand on the podium at least once.
Seventy-two days. Eleven weeks. Nine rounds. The 2020 Formula 3 season has been intense in every sense of the word. Once again, I would like to thank everyone involved who have made it possible, from F1, to the FIA, to our teams, our staff and of course, the drivers. It has been very hard for the teams. They worked relentlessly for 72 days, with a limited number of people per team. It’s quite remarkable. We raced and we provided the fans with pure entertainment, drama and action-packed events. I am very pleased that this happened.