Formula 3 Belgian Grand Prix Preview

The FIA Formula 3 Championship returns to action this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The top four

The series heads into the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with Robert Shwartzman leading the championship by twelve points from Juri Vips.

Vips has managed to outscore Shwartman in the last three rounds and was helped in Hungary as Shwartzman scored his lowest points total across a race weekend in 2019, scoring just ten points.

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Eight points behind Vips is the second Prema Racing of Jehan Daruvala. He has struggled recently having only managed to score two points across three races, since taking second in the British Grand Prix feature race. It means that Daruvala now finds himself twenty points behind his teammate and current championship leader, Shwartzman.

The third Prema Racing of Marcus Armstrong completes the top four, he is currently six points behind Daruvala and twenty six points behind Shwartzman. Armstrong however goes into this weekend having finally claimed a Formula 3 race victory, triumphing in the Hungarian Grand Prix sprint race.

In fifth place

There is quite a gap between the top four in the championship and the rest with twenty five points (a feature race win) separating Armstrong in fourth and Christian Lundgaard in fifth.

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Lundgaard is back on form of sorts having impressed in the opening round in Barcelona before struggling in the next two rounds. He enters the Belgian Grand Prix weekend having scored a total of forty nine points across the previous two race weekends, this includes a feature race victory in Hungary.

A group of four

There is a further gap of seventeen points between Lundgaard and Jake Hughes. Hughes leads a group of four drivers covered by thirteen points.

A point separates Hughes from compatriot, Max Fewtrell while Italian Leonardo Pulcini is only three points behind Hughes.

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The fourth member of this group is Pedro Piquet, who having starred during the French Grand Prix weekend has struggled since to score consistently with two sixth places his only points scoring finishes since France. He is however only ten points behind Pulcini and thirteen behind Hughes.

Tenth and beyond

New Zealander, Liam Lawson rounds out the top ten and is twenty one points behind Piquet. Lawson scored his maiden Formula 3 podium during the British Grand Prix weekend, but has failed to finish inside the points since, coming closest in the Hungarian Grand Prix sprint race.

A driver in a good run of form going into the weekend is Japanese driver, Yuki Tsunoda who has impressed at times during the season and is currently on a three race scoring streak, the longest outside of the top ten. This streak includes his highest finish of the season to date, a sixth place achieved in the sprint race in Hungary.

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Twenty one drivers have scored points so far in Formula 3 out of the thirty two that have competed in the championship in 2019. Brazilian Felipe Drugovich is the most recent driver to move off zero points, scoring eight in the feature race in Hungary.

How the championship evolves in the remaining three race weekends will be intriguing and it all gets back underway this weekend.

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