Peroni completed a strong weekend in his Campos Racing-run Dallara F3 car to bag valuable points for the championship with a third place-finish on Sunday and a sixth on Saturday. Flörsch and Deledda also showed good pace despite race incidents dashing their chances
Campos Racing delivered an excellent performance running in podium contention at the British Grand Prix, the fourth round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. The three-car armada was really strong throughout the whole weekend with Alex Peroni particularly making an impression as, after a sixth-place finish in race 1, he stepped up third onto the podium on Sunday. Sophia Flörsch and Alessio Deledda also made good progress despite their results don’t reflect what they can do.
Peroni already made a good start to the weekend on Friday with a seventh-fastest lap time in free practice. German female driver Flörsch and Italian Deledda also lapped competitive, promising lap times ahead of afternoon’s qualifying session. There, Peroni clocked a lap time of 1m46.860s to take 6th spot on the starting grid of Saturday’s race 1. Flörsch posted a personal best lap of 1m47.344s and Deledda’s best effort was a lap time of 1m48.384s.
Race 1 took place in sunny conditions, quite different to previous races this season. Peroni fended off his rivals at the start and ran in sixth place during the 20-lap length race. The Australian driver racing in Campos Racing colors kept calm even when the safety car was deployed after a crash in the late stages of the race. Peroni took the checkered flag in sixth place. Flörsch ended up in 22nd as Dennis Hauger sent her spinning after colliding on the opening lap. The German racer still made a good recovery. Deledda finished right behind his teammate in 23rd.
On Sunday, Peroni set to start from fifth on the reverse grid, which was another excellent chance for a new points-paying result. Peroni made a good getaway and shortly after he moved up to fourth as Sebastián Fernández was forced to serve a stop&go penalty. Peroni kept in Clement Novalak’s slipstream with the top-four split by less than two seconds. Despite Frederik Vesti’s late charge, Peroni kept him at bay and still gained another place when inherited third place as race winner Alex Smolyar was given a 5-second post-race penalty as a result of weaving down the straights. Flörsch had made it to the finish in 21st but also handed a 5-second penalty and dropped to 26th. Deledda finished in 28th place after making a pit-stop for a front wing change.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will remain at Silverstone as the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix will take place next weekend. Campos Racing expects another strong run as Peroni has moved into title contention at Silverstone after his second podium of the season.