Race incidents prevent from converting hard work to results in Spielberg

Peroni, Fernández and Deledda couldn’t shine over the weekend and several clashes dashed their chances in the Campos Racing-run cars

Campos Racing had a weekend of mixed feelings at the Red Bull Ring, which played host to round 3 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Alex Peroni, Sebastián Fernández and Alessio Deledda were hopeful of a positive outcome in Austria but they couldn’t bring a top-ten result home.

After morning’s free practice session, Campos Racing headed into the qualifying with good prospects for their drivers. Spaniard Fernández rounded out the top ten with his best qualifying result of the season with a lap time of 1m20.277s. Further adrift, Australian Peroni took the 14th spot on the starting grid with a personal best time of 1m20.328s and Deledda lined up 28th on the starting grid with his lap time of 1m21.935s.

When the lights went out on Saturday, Fernández and Peroni made a good start. Unfortunately Peroni dropped down the order in lap 4 when Yuki Tsunoda hit him at T3. Fernández also lost several places as a result of an incident-marred race. After 24 laps, Peroni took the checkered flag in 21st place. Fernández ended up 24th and Deledda right behind in 25th place.

For Sunday, Campos Racing drivers had a high mountain to climb starting from the back of the starting grid. Fernández and Peroni went on to put in a great recovery drive back to 15th and 16th after moving past drivers such as Pedro Piquet, Raoul Hyman, Simo Laaksonen or Andreas Estner. But their race came to an early end when they collided in lap 20. Deledda finished 24th this time.

Silverstone will host the fourth round of the 2019 season in two weeks’ time, a round marking the halfway point of the season.

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Leonardo Deledda #24 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Leonardo Deledda #24 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alex Peroni #23 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alex Peroni #23 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Sebastian Fernandez #25 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Sebastian Fernandez #25 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #15 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo AgencyRED BULL RING, AUSTRIA - JUNE 29: Arjun Maini (IND, CAMPOS RACING) during the Spielberg at Red Bull Ring on June 29, 2019 in Red Bull Ring, Austria. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship)