- 10th Leo Pulcini #20
- DNF Juri Vips #21
- DNF Ye Yifei #22
- 6th Leonardo Pulcini #20
- 11th Juri Vips #21
- 19th Ye Yifei #22
Hitech GP maintained their position in the team’s championship after battling at the Temple of Speed at Monza, Italy over the weekend. The event marked the penultimate round on the 2019 FIA F3 calendar, with the final round set to take place later in the month at Sochi Autodrom, Russia.
Kicking off the weekend, Friday’s practice session saw the Hitech trio post an impressive haul of laps around the 5.793km Autodromo Nazionale Monza in preparation for the afternoons qualifying session. F3 Qualifying got underway on a wet Friday afternoon at the Italian track, determining the starting grid for the first race. Red Bull Junior driver Juri Vips had a best lap of 1:50.128s. The Estonian qualified in 7th, posting 13 laps on the board. Italian ace Pulcini delivered a lap of 1:50.09s, which secured him a 6th place start for Saturdays Race 1. Renault Sport Academy driver Yifei Ye completed the top 20, adding 1:50.491s to the tally.
Pulcini was handed a further three-place grid drop due to an incident between himself and Devlin DeFrancesco at Turn 10, in what was deemed as a lack of situational awareness of cars around him whilst warming his tyres. Starting the race at the back of the grid in 27th, Pulcini catapulted up the order with sheer determination as his eyes were kept firmly on the chequered flag, finishing the race in P10. Luck wasn’t on Vips’ side, however, as he got caught up on the back of Keyvan Andres and was flung off track and into the wall. He attempted to get going again, but the damage to his front right tyre was too great and was forced to retire, just before the safety car was deployed to recover his stricken car. Early in the race, Yifei had contact with another car, damaging the rear right, forcing him to retire from the race. The team’s hopes were not scuppered as they were keen for one last push on Sunday.”]
Despite a challenging weekend at the iconic Italian circuit, the team currently sit in 2nd place in the team’s championship, with 188 points to their name. Hitech GP will head to Sochi in Russia in two weeks to contest the final round on the 2019 F3 calendar.