The Monza weekend went well for the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) students. Robert Shwartzman took a very important win in the first Formula 3 race, before finishing eighth in the second one. The Russian thus increased his lead in the championship, so that he is now 33 points ahead of second placed Jehan Daruvala. Now, only the final round in Sochi remains.
Missing out on a one-two. The FDA drivers team nearly got a one-two finish, as Marcus Armstrong was second across the finish line, but the Kiwi was then given a penalty that dropped him down the order for not respecting the delta time when following the Safety Car. The small mistake cost him dear, even if it didn’t given him any advantage on track. As a result, Marcus had to start Race-2 from 21st, and despite a collision in the chaos at the first corner on the opening lap, he produced a spectacular climb up the order which saw him make up 15 places, taking the chequered flag in 14th spot.
Formula 2. As is often the case in Monza, the Formula 1 races were also very frenetic. Callum Ilott’s weekend got off to an excellent start as he took his maiden pole in the category, quite an achievement in tricky conditions because of the rain that fell up until a few moments before the start of the session. In Race-1, the Englishman almost made it to the podium, finishing fourth. In the second race, he moved up the order running either in the lead or in second place right up to the final lap. Then, a problem while braking for the first Variante wiped out any chance he had of making it to the podium, something Callum would have richly deserved.
Giuliano. Giuliano Alesi had a tough weekend, coming away with two points finishes thanks to strong drives. The Frenchman never put a foot wrong on a weekend when many more experienced drivers made mistakes. He finished seventh in Race-1 and indeed in Race-2. It shows that Alesi, in his first year in a series where experience really helps, is learning fast.
Mick. Mixed emotions for Mick Schumacher in Monza this weekend. The German had to retire in Race-1 with an engine problem, having set the fastest race lap. “It was very disappointing”, commented Mick. “We were beaten by bad luck. The pace and strategy in Race-1 were good and everything seemed to be going our way, but a mechanical problem meant I retired when I could have been fighting for a podium finish.” Schumacher comments regarding his pace were proved true in Race-2, when he fought his way from the back row to finish sixth, just two seconds behind the third placed man.