Mugello F3: Piastri wins 2020 title as Lawson dominates season finale

Renault junior Oscar Piastri clinched the 2020 FIA Formula 3 title in the season finale at Mugello by just three points as Liam Lawson won from reversed-grid pole position

Mugello F3: Piastri wins 2020 title as Lawson dominates season finale

Prema duo Piastri and Logan Sargeant were level on points heading into the season finale with ART Grand Prix's Theo Pourchaire in third place, nine points adrift of the leading pair in the drivers' championship.

There was drama on the opening lap as Sebastian Fernandez attempted to drive around the outside of Red Bull junior Lawson at the San Donato right-hander on the opening lap.

ART GP's Fernandez was pushed wide and rejoined the track three-wide with title hopeful Sargeant and Trident's Lirim Zendeli.

Sargeant and Zendeli collided and both drivers were sent into the gravel and out of the race on the entry to the Luco left-hander, leaving Pourchaire as Piastri's only obstacle to the FIA F3 crown.

The safety car was required to recover the stricken cars and it was Piastri who dropped from seventh to 10th place while Pourchaire climbed from eighth to sixth place.

Pourchaire charged through to third place, making overtakes on his team-mates Alexander Smolyar and Fernandez as well as Ferrari junior Enzo Fittipaldi.

Piastri, 19, responded by overtaking the ailing Smolyar and his Prema team-mate Frederik Vesti to move into eighth place.

Pourchaire was unable to make significant progress towards second-place runner David Beckmann (Trident), who he needed to overhaul to beat Piastri on countback.

Hitech GP's Lawson dominated at the front of the field for his third race victory of the season, almost eight seconds ahead of Beckmann, who registered his sixth podium of the year.

Pourchaire was forced to settle for the final place on the podium in third place while Piastri pipped Pourchaire's team-mate Fernandez in a photo finish for seventh place.

This was enough for Piastri to seal the FIA F3 title, three points ahead of Pourchaire and four points clear of his team-mate Sargeant.

HWA Racelab's Fittipaldi earned his best result in the series in fourth place ahead of the 2019 Macau Grand Prix winner Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport) and his HWA team-mate Jake Hughes - making his last appearance in F3 after five years.

Piastri was seventh ahead of Fernandez, Saturday's race winner Frederik Vesti and the third ART of Smolyar.

F3 Mugello Race 2 results - 21 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 36m30.379s
2 David Beckmann Trident 7.806s
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 9.193s
4 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA 10.399s
5 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 10.982s
6 Jake Hughes HWA 12.436s
7 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 13.521s
8 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 13.564s
9 Frederik Vesti Prema Racing 14.980s
10 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 19.400s
11 Jack Doohan HWA 20.684s
12 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 21.712s
13 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 22.235s
14 Clement Novalak Carlin 22.785s
15 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 23.256s
16 Olli Caldwell Trident 23.443s
17 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 26.133s
18 Roman Stanek Charouz 29.076s
19 David Schumacher Carlin 30.841s
20 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 30.930s
21 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 32.210s
22 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 34.316s
23 Michael Belov Charouz 34.803s
24 Sophia Florsch Campos Racing 35.284s
25 Cameron Das Carlin 37.734s
26 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 55.484s
- Logan Sargeant Prema Racing Collision
- Lirim Zendeli Trident Collision

Final drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Oscar Piastri 164
2 Theo Pourchaire 161
3 Logan Sargeant 160
4 Frederik Vesti 146.5
5 Liam Lawson 143
6 David Beckmann 139.5
7 Jake Hughes 111.5
8 Lirim Zendeli 104
9 Richard Verschoor 69
10 Alex Peroni 64
11 Alexander Smolyar 59
12 Clement Novalak 45
13 Bent Viscaal 40
14 Sebastian Fernandez 31
15 Enzo Fittipaldi 27
16 Olli Caldwell 18
17 Dennis Hauger 14
18 Matteo Nannini 11
19 Pierre-Louis Chovet 5
20 Max Fewtrell 5
21 Roman Stanek 3
22 Ben Barnicoat 1
23 Michael Belov 1
24 Igor Fraga 1
25 Cameron Das 0
26 Jack Doohan 0
27 Lukas Dunner 0
28 David Schumacher 0
29 Sophia Florsch 0
30 Federico Malvestiti 0
31 Calan Williams 0
32 Enaam Ahmed 0
33 Leonardo Pulcini 0
34 Alessio Deledda 0
35 Andreas Estner 0
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