Robert Schwartzman won Saturday at F3 MonzaSeptember 8, 2019
Robert Schwartzman led the trio of Prema riders at the finish line of the Saturday Formula 3 race in Monza, at the same time establishing the best lap and strengthening leadership in the championship.
Starting in eighth, the Russian by the end of the second round climbed to fifth place. Lirim Zendeli became the leader, and the owner of the pole Christian Lundgaard dropped to third place, missing Richard Vershore.
On the third lap, Sendeli and Lundgaard collided in Parabolic – the German soon stopped on the track with a puncture, and Lundgaard two circles later turned into boxes for a new front wing. The leader was the partner of Robert Schwartzman at the Ferrari Academy Marcus Armstrong, the Russian held on to him.
On the eighth lap, Yuri Vips, breaking through from the depths of the peloton, collided with Cavean Andres in Roggia and got off, burying his hopes for the title. A safety car appeared on the track. After the restart, Armstrong and Schwartzman maintained their positions, and Jehan Daruwala came on the third line, despite the problem with DRS.
On lap 16, Robert attacked and passed the New Zealander on the starting line, and, as it turned out, did it very on time: after two laps Campos racer Alex Peroni, who was in the top ten, flew up on a high curb from the outside of Parabolic. Having made several revolutions in the air, the car landed with its wheels up on the restrictive grid – fortunately, the driver himself left the scene.
Behind the safety car and the Prema trio, Yuki Tsunoda and Richard Vershore finished. Pedro Pique, the winner of the Saturday race at Spa, became the sixth.
The Sunday race of Formula 3 in Monza will begin at 10:30 Moscow time. On a pole of a reversing lattice – 17-year-old New Zealander Liam Lawson.
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