Aussie driver Peroni secured two other points-paying finishes in Hungary in his Campos Racing-run Dallara F3 car. Flörsch and Deledda also delivered remarkable recovery drives in another rain-marred weekend
Campos Racing showed competitive pace again as the FIA Formula 3 Championship travelled to Hungaroring for Round 3 of the 2020 campaign in the frame of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix. The trio of youngsters defending the Campos Racing colors completed a strong weekend that promises much more to come in the upcoming races.
On Friday, Alex Peroni was the fastest man among the Campos Racing roster clocking a lap time of 1m32.426s in the free practice session. German female driver Sophia Flörsch posted a lap time of 1m33.469s with Italian Alessio Deledda setting a personal best of 1m35.322s. Unlike free practice, which took place in dry, qualifying weather conditions massively worsened due to heavy rain. In fact, the session was delayed until late in the evening. In still treacherous wet conditions, Australia’s Peroni clocked a lap time of 1m53.231s to line up 15th on the grid for Saturday’s Race 1. Further adrift, Flörsch set to start from 24th and Deledda from 30th on the grid.
Race 1 got underway in sunny conditions and Peroni immediately started to move through the field putting solid, consistent lap times in the middle of the pack. The Aussie driver took the checkered flag in an impressive seventh place after gaining eight places. Flörsch also moved past several drivers throughout the race and crossed the finish line in 18th. Deledda finished just two places behind in 20th place.
For Sunday, Peroni had set his sights on a podium finish as he started fourth on the reverse grid. However, large drops of rain fell from the sky just a few minutes before the start forcing drivers to mount wet tires. So, Peroni set to take a conservative approach in the first part of the race. The Australian driver got involved in closely-fought battles with his fellow countryman Oscar Piastri and Dutchman Bent Viscaal. A safety car was deployed with just two laps to go and it prevented Peroni from making further advances, finally finishing in tenth place. Flörsch took a 14th-place finish after completing another remarkable Sunday with Deledda taking the checkered flag in 23rd.
After three consecutive non-stop race weekends, the FIA Formula 3 will have to await two weeks before heading to Silverstone for Round 4.