The 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship returned to Austria over the weekend at Red Bull Ring, which hosted the Styrian Grand Prix. The team secured points, despite a challenging weekend with changeable weather conditions.
Setting the pace
Following Fridays free practice session at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, the trio set the pace at the 4.318km circuit during qualifying which determined the starting grid for Saturday’s first race. With track temperatures hitting 55 degrees, it didn’t take long for the drivers to warm up their tyres. Following several safety car interventions in the session, the Hitech trio were able to make the most of their running. Liam Lawson qualified in P10 (1:20.853s); Max Fewtrell in P13 (1:20.960s); Dennis Hauger in P20 (1:21.224s).
A whole lotta rain...
A rain-soaked first race put on for a challenging session, causing severe visibility issues for the whole field. Despite plenty of discussion on the race continuing, the session was suspended in the latter stages. Lawson managed to grasp the pace, gaining two places in the treacherous conditions, finishing in P8 and securing points for the team. Max crossed the line in P14. Hauger took the chequered flag in P18, after starting in 20th.
Final battle for points
On Sunday, weather conditions were the opposing end to the previous day. Red Bull Junior driver Lawson was in contention for the lead, battling with Jake Hughes throughout the 40-minute race, which robbed the Kiwi of two wins in two weekends. The pair traded the lead several times, before clashing on lap 21 of 24, resulting in damage to both cars which forced them to retire from the race. Renault driver Fewtrell was able to rise up the order, gaining several positions, finishing the race in P7, and Hauger in P12.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will head to Budapest in Hungary this weekend for the third round on the calendar, set to take place at the Hungaroring.