Formula 3 2019 Russian Grand Prix Preview

It is the final race weekend of 2019 for the FIA Formula 3 Championship as it heads to Russia along with Formula 2 and Formula 1.

The champion

Robert Shwartzman heads to his home race seemingly all but certain to be crowned the 2019 champion as he is currently thirty three points ahead of his nearest rival, Jehan Daruvala, in the standings.

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One of the two will be crowned the 2019 FIA Formula 3 champion, with Shwartzman in better form, having outscored Daruvala in the last four races.


Juri Vips is currently in third, in part thanks to a time penalty that Marcus Armstrong picked up, affecting his feature race result.

The two are perhaps the favourites to battle over third in the standings as only three points separate them.

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However both Christian Lundgaard and Pedro Piquet who are fifth and sixth respectively do have an outside chance with Piquet the most in form of the quartet having finished in the points in the last four races, scoring forty seven points across the last two weeks. This includes his feature race victory in Belgium.

Strong finishes to the season

Outside of the top six in the standings, there are a few drivers who are having a strong finish to the season, this includes Japanese driver, Yuki Tsunoda who has finished on the podium in the last three races, including his maiden win in the series which he achieved in the Italian Grand Prix sprint race.

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Others on a good run of form include Leonardo Pulcini who has scored points in the last four races, while Richard Verschoor finished fourth in both races during the Italian Grand Prix, matching his best result of the season which was fourth at the French Grand Prix sprint race.

Liam Lawson is another who enters the weekend having achieved his best result of the season last time out in Italy, finishing second in the sprint race and scoring eighteen points across the race weekend.

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Lastly there is Fabio Scherer who scored points in both the feature and sprint race in Italy, including a highest finish of seventh, which like Liam Lawson, is Scherer’s best points haul across a race weekend in 2019.

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