Alex Peroni and Campos Racing show shining form at Monza

The Australian driver ran in podium contention on Saturday until he dropped down the order due to a slow puncture and a penalty. Besides, he posted the fastest lap on Saturday. Peroni put in a brilliant recovery drive on Sunday to take a 6th place finish

Campos Racing and Aussie driver Alex Peroni completed a brilliant weekend at Monza this weekend, in which the eighth round of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship season took place. Despite a podium finish was elusive this time, Peroni proved to be one of the fastest man on the track in his Campos Racing-run Dallara F3 2019 car. Sophia Flörsch also secured her best result of the season on Sunday with Alessio Deledda performing well at his home round.

After the single free practice session, Campos Racing and its drivers headed into qualifying with good prospects. But the qualifying resulted to be a nightmare with several drivers bunching up while trying to get a tow with unsporting behavior. Finally, a host of grid penalties were hosted after qualifying and Peroni lined up eighth on the starting grid with his lap time of 1m38.237s. Further adrift, Flörsch qualified 25th-fastest, two spots ahead of her teammate Deledda with lap times of 1m39.022s and 1m39.448s respectively.

On Saturday, Peroni made a good start and after the opening lap he had moved up to seventh keeping in a close-fight with series leader Logan Sargeant. Peroni’s race pace was extremely competitive as his fastest lap proved. The Australian driver moved past Matteo Nannini or Liam Lawson to run in the top-five but his chances vanished in the final laps due to a slow puncture and as a result he dropped down the order. Besides, he handed a 10-second penalty due to a clash with Callan Williams and was demoted to 16th. Flörsch took the checkered flag in 21st place and Italian Deledda finished in 23th place.

On Sunday, Peroni was a man on a mission: to make it into the points-paying positions. After just a couple of laps he had already moved up to 13th after passing Dennis Hauger and Roman Stanek. The Aussie driver reached the top ten in lap 8 and after a pile-up up the front he moved up to seventh. Peroni finally pounced on Viscaal to secure a 6th-place finish at the end of the race. Flörsch also gained many places and crossed the finish line in 13th place, her best result in the series. Deledda ended up in 23rd place as the Italian driver was forced to make a pit stop.

The FIA Formula 3 Championship will continue another week on Italian soil as the season finale will take place at Mugello next weekend.

Monza (ITA) SEP 04-6 - Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Sophia Floersch #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Monza (ITA) SEP 04-6 – Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Sophia Floersch #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Francorchamps (BEL), AUG 27 - 30 2020 - Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Alex Peroni #29 Campos Racing © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo AgencyMonza (ITA) SEP 04-6 - Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency