Renault F1 junior Lundgaard expected penalty that cost him F3 win

Renault Formula 1 junior and ART Grand Prix driver Christian Lundgaard says he knew the penalty that cost him victory in the inaugural FIA Formula 3 race was coming

Renault F1 junior Lundgaard expected penalty that cost him F3 win

Lundgaard driver jumped polesitting Ferrari Academy driver Robert Shwartzman at the start of the Barcelona season opener on Saturday, and maintained a constant gap until a virtual safety car affected the race in the closing stages.

It is the first time the system has been used outside of F1 and Formula 2 this season, and after making a mistake in keeping to the delta,Lundgaard said he tried to push in the closing stages to build a gap in anticipation of the penalty.

"I kind of knew straight away, I wasn't told over the radio, they wanted to keep me calm but I had a pretty good idea of it," said Lundgaard.

"The virtual safety car on my dash started before the light, so I kind of kept pushing because we always go for the lights.

"I think that's what happened, I'm not 100% sure, and when it finished I tried to push the maximum I could and pull away because I knew I was going to get a penalty.

"But it wasn't possible."

Lundgaard had just four clear laps to try to build a five second gap to Shwartzman in the run to the flag.

It appeared ART thought the victory was in the bag and told Lundgaard over the radio, but on the formation lap race control revealed the penalty for the VSC infringement, and the news did not filter down to the team and driver until Lundgaard had already pulled up in the number one position in the pitlane.

SMP-backed Shwartzman inherited the win instead, while Lundgaard held second ahead of Marcus Armstrong, who was defending from David Beckmann in the closing stages.

"Points-wise, I'm happy - I'll take these 25 points, but in the other case, I've been in the position of Christian when you're losing the win. It doesn't feel good," said 19-year-old Shwartzman.

"So I'm not as happy as if I would have won literally passing the finish line first.

"I don't have that sort of maximum feeling, I must say, but it's just the first race and if I have the opportunity I'll take it for sure.

"I'm happy about it, I'll do my best next time to finish first."

The second race maintains the format of the GP3 Series - which has merged with European Formula 3 to form the new FIA F3 series - with the top eight from Saturday's race reversed for Sunday's grid at Barcelona.

Ex-Red Bull junior Niko Kari will start that race from pole ahead of Jehan Daruvala and Juri Vips.

shares
comments
Barcelona FIA F3: Shwartzman wins first race as Lundgaard penalised

Previous article

Barcelona FIA F3: Shwartzman wins first race as Lundgaard penalised

Next article

F3 Barcelona: Daruvala wins to give Prema first weekend clean sweep

F3 Barcelona: Daruvala wins to give Prema first weekend clean sweep
Load comments
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020