The Spanish outfit faced a difficult weekend on the Monza high-speed circuit
Campos Racing experienced a hard fought weekend at Monza, which hosted the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA Formula 3 season in the frame of the Italian Grand Prix. Alessio Deledda, Sebastián Fernández and Alex Peroni were expecting a weekend to change their fortunes. But it finally didn’t happen for them.
Australian Peroni posted the 7th-fastest lap time in free practice, which was a promising start ahead of the qualifying session. But not less than 17 drivers were penalized after a qualifying session marred by tactics, which made extremely difficult to find space for a clean lap. Peroni lined up 13th on the grid with a lap of 1m39.830s. Fernández qualified 20th with a lap time of 1m40.190s with local favorite Deledda setting to start from 25th with a time of 1m41.161s.
Peroni’s race start was impressive as he moved up to 8th in the first laps. The Australian was fighting for points-paying positions until lap 17 when his Dallara F3 2019 flew into the air and landed on a safety fence. Peroni’s car flipped into the air at Monza after hitting a sausage kerb. His teammates Fernández and Deledda finished 19th and 23rd respectively.
In Race 2, a damp track due to overnight forecasts made things more difficult on Sunday. Fernández and Campos Racing made a tire gamble and switched to slick tires after pitting. But there wasn’t time enough and it didn’t pay off. Italian Deledda finished 25th with Fernández taking the checkered flag right behind.
Peroni is currently recovering in hospital where he evolves favorably.
The Sochi Autodrom in Russia will bring the curtain down on the 2019 season on September 28-29.