Up and downs in Spielberg
Red Bull Ring Spielberg, July 4th 2021. Red Bull Ring put young F3 drivers under pressure. The weekend has been a whirlwind of events for the drivers supported by Pakelo Lubricants. Let's start with a positive news. Race 2 brought the first seasonal win for David Schumacher and a 3rd place for Jack Doohan in Race 1. Novalak retired due to collisions 2 out of 3 races while Matteo Nannini driving for HWA RaceLab managed to get in hot zone during Race 3.
Red Bull Ring is a sneaky circuit. Despite of its 9 curves it is very fast. The reversed starting grid in Race 1 helped Novalak who gains pole position in no time, but a collision costed him retirement and a 3-position penalty for Race 2.
If Schumacher ends in P12 due to his vehicle's damage, the tune is pretty different in Race 2 when the driver with the heaviest surname in the history of motorsport puts 3 long seconds from his car and the second one.
The closing manche was an unlucky one. A series of collisions forced Novalak and Doohan to quit the race. Jack Doohan, Race 3 winner in Le Castellet, was touched by a rival causing a puncture. This forced exit costed Doohan the second place in the overall standing which is now led by Norwegian Hauger and Danish Vesti. Novalak exits during a duel for P4, while David Shumacher closes in P13 without points.
It is worth to mention the great comeback of Matteo Nannini that recovered from P11 to P5 treasuring 10 points which project him in P9 of the overall provisional F3 standing.
Formula 3 calendar stops for a couple of weeks before disputing Round 4 at the end of July at Hungaroring in Budapest.