This weekend’s Tuscan Grand Prix will see FIA Formula 3 conclude its 2020 season with six drivers still with a mathematical chance of claiming the title.
|Driver||Points behind 1st place|
|Oscar Piastri (Prema Racing)||–|
|Logan Sargeant (Prema Racing)||8|
|Theo Pourchaire (ART Grand Prix)||24|
|Liam Lawson (Hitech Grand Prix)||33|
|David Beckmann (Trident)||36.5|
|Frederik Vesti (Prema Racing)||42.5|
In the series there are a maximum of 48 points available across a Grand Prix weekend with four points for pole position in Race 1, two points available for the driver with the fastest lap in a race, 25 points for a Race 1 victory and 15 points for a Race 2 win.
Three of the six drivers in contention have been in pole position already this season with Logan Sargeant (3), Liam Lawson (1) and Frederik Vesti (1) all claiming Race 1 pole position in 2020.
The only driver out of the group yet to claim points for fastest lap this season is David Beckmann. Oscar Piastri has six points due to fastest laps, Logan Sargeant has four points with Liam Lawson and Theo Pourchaire gaining two points each from fastest laps.Embed from Getty Images
Piastri is in a prime position to take out potentially four drivers from title contention by the end of the first race of the weekend in Mugello. It therefore means that the four drivers behind Piastri and Sargeant will need to hope that the two once again fail to score points in Race 1.
No driver has put together the perfect Grand Prix weekend of pole position, Race 1 and Race 2 victory as well as fastest lap in both races. It therefore makes Frederik Vesti’s task of winning this season’s championship very difficult after a costly collision with Logan Sargeant during the second race of the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
It is also possible that post race penalties could play a significant part on deciding who wins the championship or when a driver is taken out of contention. To a certain extent this has happened already with both Piastri and Sargeant required to serve grid drops (five places for Piastri and three for Sargeant) for Race 1 at Mugello. Lawson meanwhile lost his second place in the second race at Monza after being deemed to have forced another driver off the track, which has changed the completion of the title showdown.Embed from Getty Images
With a 30 car field it also isn’t outside the realms of possibility that another driver may impact the title contenders. This is something that Clement Novalak has already done at Monza where he collided with both Piastri and Sargeant across the two races. With the two Prema Racing drivers being made to serve grid drop penalties for Mugello the risk of being collected at the start or first lap has increased. This makes qualifying for Race 1 even more important for the other four title contenders as they try to avoid being collected at the start and aim to capitalise on the penalties given to Piastri and Sargeant.
Piastri and Sargeant may appear to be the favourites but as can be seen and has been shown throughout the 2020 Formula 3 season so far, it is going to be far from straight forward for the six drivers still in contention. Whoever ultimately claims the 2020 title will have deserved it.