- P6 Liam Lawson #5
- P12 Max Fewtrell #4
- P15 Dennis Hauger #6
- P1 Liam Lawson #5
- P10 Max Fewtrell #4
- P22 Dennis Hauger #6
The 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship finally got underway over the weekend at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. Following a second place finish in last years’ teams championship, Hitech GP and Liam Lawson got their title challenge underway, claiming the top step in Sunday’s Race 2.
The Hitech trio set the pace at the 4.318km Red Bull Ring, determining the starting grid for Saturday’s first race. The track had completely dried following an initially wet start to the morning, with temperatures climbing to 28 degrees. Red Bull juniors Lawson qualified in P12 (1:20.055s); Hauger in P16 (1:20.190s) and Renault Sport Academy Fewtrell in P17 (1:20.200s).
The first race got off to a flying start, with the drivers gaining several positions between them. There were plenty of wheel-to-wheel tussles throughout the 40 minute race, with the Hitech trio gaining points from the session. Lawson started in P12, climbing up the field to cross the line in P6. Fewtrell gained five positions, finishing P12. Hauger started in P16 ending the race in P15.
Red Bull Junior driver Liam Lawson got his first FIA Formula 3 win in Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring. The Kiwi battled the front of the field, climbing from fifth to first in the opening laps, before overcoming a late struggle with the degradation of his tyres. A late safety car provided him some relief in the closing laps, following an incident on track. The Kiwi shook this off, making an assured getaway on the green light. This cleared his path to the chequered flag. Team-mates Fewtrell finished in P10 and Hauger in P22.
Liam Lawson reflected on Race 2:
“It was good to win. It was a reverse grid race though and we want to be starting at the front and winning Race 1s, and that is what we will work towards.”
“Qualy was our biggest struggle this weekend and it is definitely what we need to work on next weekend. It was a good recovery weekend from where we Qualified and I am looking forward to coming back next week.”
The FIA F3 Championship will return to Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 2 this weekend on 10-12 July.