F3 Monza: Shwartzman wins Ferrari junior duel, Peroni in huge crash

FIA Formula 3 Championship leader Robert Shwartzman battled fellow Ferrari Formula 1 junior Marcus Armstrong to take victory at Monza, while Alex Peroni sustained a huge airborne crash

F3 Monza: Shwartzman wins Ferrari junior duel, Peroni in huge crash

It was a frenetic race from the off after 15 drivers were penalised for driving unnecessarily slowly during qualifying.

Reigning German Formula 4 champion Lirim Zendeli claimed the lead from the start, but he was clipped in the rear by polesitter Christian Lundgaard on lap three of 22.

Lundgaard had to pit with a broken wing and raced back to 15th, while Zendeli was unable to return to the pits and retired.

That allowed seventh-place starter Armstrong to work his way into the lead after some aggressive overtaking moves.

With six laps to go, Shwartzman attacked Armstrong and made his move to take the lead.

The last time the pair battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead was at the Red Bull Ring, where they made contact and Shwartzman took third after a penalty as Armstrong dropped to 19th.

But this time the battle was clean, if not short-lived, as Peroni's crash brought out the safety car on lap 19 of 22.

Peroni, pictured below, hit a kerb at the exit of the Parabolica and was launched into an enormous airborne pirouette, landing upside down on the barriers.

He walked to the medical car unaided, despite the enormous accident and has since been taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Jehan Daruvala, who didn't have use of DRS during the race, made it a 1-2-3 for teams' champions Prema Racing at its home race.

Shwartzman now holds a 35-point lead in the drivers' championship over Daruvala with three races remaining, after taking his third win of the season and his first since Paul Ricard.

Ever-impressive Red Bull and Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda recovered from going straight on at the Variante della Roggia chicane on lap one to take fourth for Jenzer Motorsport.

Tsunoda was ahead of third-place starter Richard Verschoor, who appeared to be struggling for top speed in his MP Motorsport car.

Trident's Pedro Piquet took sixth, and Jake Hughes drove from 18th to seventh and was promoted one place by Peroni's crash.

MP Motorsport's Liam Lawson delivered eighth, the Red Bull junior securing the reversed-grid pole, ahead of Sauber Junior Team driver Fabio Scherer and Carlin's Logan Sargeant.

It was another nightmare weekend for Red Bull junior Juri Vips, who qualified way down the order and could not avoid HWA driver Keyvan Andres under braking for the Variante della Roggia chicane.

Vips hit Andres in the rear right at speed, breaking Vips' front left wheel loose from his car and causing the safety car in the first half of the race.

UPDATE:

Armstrong was penalised after the race.

An F3 statement read: "The stewards found that during the first safety car period, the Prema driver exceeded the minimum delta time.

"The Kiwi has been handed a 20-second time penalty, which drops him from second to 21st."

The penalty for Armstrong meanss each driver from third to 20th was promoted one position.

Tsunoda took the final podium spot, while Scherer earns reversed-grid pole for Sunday's race two.

Carlin's Felipe Drugivich received the same penalty as Armstrong, and dropped from 11th to 16th.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 42m46.627s
2 Jehan Daruvala Prema Racing 1.391s
3 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport 1.923s
4 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 2.372s
5 Pedro Piquet Trident 3.517s
6 Jake Hughes HWA 4.557s
7 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport 5.170s
8 Fabio Scherer Charouz 5.837s
9 Logan Sargeant Carlin 6.830s
10 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP 7.473s
11 Teppei Natori Carlin 8.620s
12 Devlin Defrancesco Trident 8.935s
13 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 9.924s
14 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix 10.951s
15 Raoul Hyman Charouz 11.728s
16 Felipe Drugovich Carlin 12.206s
17 Bent Viscaal HWA 13.198s
18 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing 15.523s
19 Keyvan Andres HWA 17.850s
20 Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport 19.367s
21 Marcus Armstrong Prema Racing 20.599s
22 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 21.148s
23 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 22.067s
- Alex Peroni Campos Racing Retirement
- David Beckmann ART Grand Prix Retirement
- Juri Vips Hitech GP Retirement
- Lirim Zendeli Charouz Retirement
- Niko Kari Trident Retirement
- Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport Retirement
- Yifei Ye Hitech GP Retirement

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Robert Shwartzman 179
2 Jehan Daruvala 147
3 Juri Vips 122
4 Marcus Armstrong 119
5 Christian Lundgaard 97
6 Pedro Piquet 84
7 Jake Hughes 64
8 Leonardo Pulcini 62
9 Max Fewtrell 57
10 Yuki Tsunoda 52
11 Liam Lawson 28
12 Richard Verschoor 21
13 David Beckmann 20
14 Niko Kari 15
15 Bent Viscaal 10
16 Felipe Drugovich 8
17 Lirim Zendeli 6
18 Logan Sargeant 5
19 Fabio Scherer 5
20 Alex Peroni 5
21 Simo Laaksonen 2
22 Teppei Natori 1

Teams' championship

Pos Team Points
1 Prema Racing 445
2 Hitech Grand Prix 184
3 ART Grand Prix 174
4 Trident 99
5 HWA Racelab 74
6 Jenzer Motorsport 52
7 MP Motorsport 51
8 Carlin Buzz Racing 14
9 Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 11
10 Campos Racing 5

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