Points-paying finish for Alex Peroni ruined by rival

The Australian driver got his chances dashed on Sunday when a rival spun him while battling for eighth. Estner and Deledda also delivered good performances in race 2 after an eventful Saturday

Campos Racing didn’t have Lady Luck on its side during the seventh round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, which was held at Spa-Francorchamps in the frame of the Belgian Grand Prix. Alex Peroni, Andreas Estner and Alessio Deledda pushed as hard as ever despite their results throughout the weekend don’t reflect the efforts.

On Friday, the Campos Racing-entered three-car army completed 46 laps in free practice before heading into qualifying in the afternoon. There, Peroni clocked a best lap 2m06.413s to line up tenth on the starting grid for Saturday’s race 1. Further adrift, German Estner made a remarkable comeback to the series with the 20th-fastest lap time (2m07.510s) and Deledda posted a lap time of 2m08.767s to start from 27th on the grid.

On Saturday, Campos Racing’s work didn’t pay off in race 1 as Australian Peroni couldn’t secure a better result than 14th as he was caught in the closely-fought battles in the middle of the group. Estner was forced to pit and lost a lap following a clash on the opening lap, the same one in which Deledda spun off.

Stakes were high for Campos Racing on Sunday with their drivers looking forward to securing a strong result. And certainly Peroni almost managed to do it. The Australian ace gained two places in lap one and moved past Lirim Zendeli in lap 3. With the top-12 lapping nose-to-tail, everything could happen. Peroni moved past David Beckmann and Sebas Fernández and Olli Caldwell was also under pressure from the Campos Racing driver. When Peroni had already passed Caldwell, the Briton hit his car and spun Peroni, losing any chance to fight for points. Peroni took the checkered flag in 22nd place, right behind his teammate Estner. Deledda finished in 24th.

Italy’s temple of speed at Monza will host the eighth round of the 2020 next weekend.

Francorchamps (BEL) AUG 28-30 2020 - Belgian Grand Prix at circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Andreas Estner #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Francorchamps (BEL) AUG 28-30 2020 – Belgian Grand Prix at circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Andreas Estner #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 14: Guilherme Samaia of Brazil and Campos Racing (10) drives has his tyres changed during qualifying for the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on August 14, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)Francorchamps (BEL) AUG 28-30 2020 - Belgian Grand Prix at circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency