Alex Peroni brings podium finish home for Campos Racing in Barcelona

The Australian ace stepped second onto the rostrum in his Campos Racing-entered Dallara F3 car on Sunday. Flörsch and Deledda couldn’t make further progress due to incident-marred races

Campos Racing secured another podium in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Alex Peroni, who completed a strong performance at the wheel of his Campos Racing-run Dallara F3 2019. Sophia Flörsch and Alessio Deledda didn’t have Lady Luck on their side and they couldn’t achieve the expected results following minor race incidents.

On Friday, Peroni made a stunning start to the weekend for Campos Racing in its home round as the Australian posted the 2nd-fastest lap time in the opening free practice session. Peroni clocked a lap time of 1m33.923s with Italian Deledda and German female driver Flörsch setting lap times of 1m35.530s and 1m35.805s respectively. In the afternoon, Peroni remained on top of the timesheets on his first set of tires for more than twenty minutes. Unfortunately, heavy traffic prevented him from improving on his second set and he finally qualified in ninth place with a lap time of 1m33.407s. Further adrift, Flörsch and Deledda made an all-Campos Racing row 15 with lap times of 1m34.517s and 1m35.181s.

Saturday’s race 1 had a positive outcome for Campos Racing. At the beginning, Peroni moved up to eighth and remained there until the end of the race. Peroni added more points to his tally and, more importantly, he secured a third place on the reverse starting grid for Sunday. After 22 laps, Flörsch and Deledda crossed the finish line in 27th and 28th.

Peroni made a sensational race start this Sunday and took the lead for a while. Oscar Piastri and Matteo Nannini managed to overtake him but the driver in Campos Racing-colors remained in a solid third place when the first safety car was deployed. When the green flag waved again, Peroni kept in the Nannini’s slipstream for a couple of laps before he moved past him on the main straight in lap 11. Another safety car was deployed in lap 15 but the top three remained unchanged and Peroni took the checkered flag in second place, which is his best result of the 2020 season and also of his FIA F3 career. Flörsch crossed the finish line in 23rd place with Deledda, after gaining several places at the beginning, being forced to retire in lap 8 when the radiator was hit by a stone at some point.

The FIA Formula 3 Championship will resume in two weeks’ time at famous Spa-Francorchamps, the iconic venue in the Belgian Ardennes.

BARCELONA (ESP) Aug 14-16 2020 - Spanish Grand Prix at circuit de Barcelona - Cataluyna. Start photo race 2. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan  / Dutch Photo Agency.

BARCELONA (ESP) Aug 14-16 2020 – Spanish Grand Prix at circuit de Barcelona – Cataluyna. Start photo race 2. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency.

Barcelona (ESP), AUG 14 - 16 2020 - Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya. Alex Peroni #29 Campos Racing © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Barcelona (ESP), AUG 14 – 16 2020 – Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. Alex Peroni #29 Campos Racing © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Silverstone (UK),  AUG 07- 09 2020 - 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alessio Deledda #30 Campos Racing © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo AgencyBARCELONA (ESP) Aug 14-16 2020 - Spanish Grand Prix at circuit de Barcelona - Cataluyna. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency