GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK

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GOOD WEEK

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Round 7 on home soil could not have gone any better for the Italian team: pole position on Friday, win on Saturday and a 1-2 on Sunday! David Beckmann kept his momentum from Belgium to take a second pole position in a row at Monza with a laptime 0.011s faster than Series leader Anthoine Hubert. In Race 1, the buoyant German kept the lead at the start to build a 6.018s gap to the Frenchman at the line. He added two bonus points for fastest lap to score a perfect 31 points.

Race 2 felt very much like Silverstone all over again: Pedro Piquet and Giuliano Alesi raced to P1 and P2 in the opening lap. The Frenchman and the Brazilian kept swapping positions  -with Alesi leading for nine laps while Piquet led for eight. Their battle was not for the faint-hearted; their fathers were watching from the pitwall and were vicariously living each move. It was Piquet who emerged victorious, passing Alesi with two laps to go to take his second win this season. The talented Brazilian also moved up one position in the Drivers’ Standings.

NIKITA MAZEPIN

The mighty Russian looked out of pace at the start of the Italian race weekend: eleventh in qualifying – his worse result to date –  he fought back in Race 1 and was fifth at the flag. On Sunday, Mazepin was involved in more on-track battles to cross the line again in fifth position behind teammates and title rivals Anthoine Hubert and Callum Ilott. After the dust settled, it was found that both the Frenchman and the Briton’s tyre pressures were wrong and thus they were disqualified from the results. Mazepin inherited third place – his sixth podium finish of the season. With it, he was awarded twelve more points (including 2 for fastest lap) to demote Ilott from second in the Drivers Standings. Both are now lying on 147 points, 29 points behind Hubert. Bring on Sochi!

SIMO LAAKSONEN

The quiet Finn from Campos Racing enjoyed his best GP3 race weekend to date: thirteenth in qualifying, Simo powered through the field all the way up to 4th in Race 1 to take 12 points. On Sunday, he finished in eighth place to add another point to his tally. He has moved up one position in the Drivers’ Standings, and will be looking to continue that momentum into the last two rounds of the year.

RICHARD VERSCHOOR

It’s not that the newcomer from MP Motorsport had a shocking weekend. If anything, Verschoor once again did not fail to impress in Race 1: starting from P15 he drove a mature race to classify eighth and take reverse pole. But from P1 on Sunday, the Dutchman was unable to capitalise on this starting position. He crossed the line P9, just outside of the scoring places. We’ll keep a close eye on his performance in Sochi later this month!

ARDEN INTERNATIONAL

The British squad were the only team to leave Italy pointless. Even worse, French driver Gabriel Aubry completed only one lap over the two races after he was involved in a collision in both events. Arden will be looking at turning a new leaf in Russia.

BAD WEEK

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  ISSUE 122 GP3FEATURE
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