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The reigning champions had another almost perfect weekend: 1-2-3-4 in free practice with Nirei Fukuzumi leading the way, which formed the starting grid for Race 1 after the qualifying session was cancelled because of the dire weather conditions on Saturday morning. The proceedings were postponed to Sunday morning and they started off badly for the Japanese ace, who couldn’t make his pole position on the grid due to electrical issues. At the start, George Russell got into the lead ahead of Anthoine Hubert and Jack Aitken. The Mercedes protégé was overtaken by the Frenchman in the early stages, but fought his way back into the lead. After a VSC period, the three ART drivers raced wheel to wheel with Aitken coming out on top. Russell however was not to be denied the win: he passed his countryman and kept the lead until the chequered. It was another 1-2-3 for ART, the fourth time in six Races 1 this season, and sealed another Teams’ title for the French squad.


It is no secret that it has been a tough season for the Argentine driver so far. Round 5 in Spa was the hardest race weekend for the Campos driver with P14 in qualifying and two DNFs results in the races… But in Monza, Marcos recovered from P11 at the start to a brilliant fourth place at the flag – a season best. He will be looking to keep up the momentum at Jerez de la Frontera next month.


The DAMS driver had left Rounds 4 and 5 in Budapest and Spa with a lot of regrets: having qualified twice in P10, she was unable to transform it into points. Last week in Monza, she displayed great race craft to move her way up the field from P19 on the grid to seventh at the chequered flag – not only a season best, but also a career best in GP3. She’s also the most improved driver in the Standings. A nice reward to her and DAMS, who have worked relentlessly to improve on a very delicate season.


It could have been a strong weekend for Niko Kari: the Finn who started from P14 on the grid survived a chaotic start to move up to fifth in the opening lap behind his teammate Steijn Schothorst. He overtook the Dutchman to take P4, but in the closing stages he struggled with tyre degradation and slid in the first Lesmo before the rear wheel went over the rumble strip sending the car into the barrier. Kari classified P15.


For the first time this season the Swiss team was unable to score points at a race weekend. With Arjun Maini and Alessio Lorandi starting from P8 and P9 respectively there were hopes for points and glory, but the Italian was involved in a racing incident at the start when countryman Leonardo Pulcini ran into the back of Lorandi’s car, ending both of their races prematurely. As for Maini, teammate Juan Manuel Correa missed his braking and flew into the rear of the Indian driver. The American DNFed, whilst Maini had to return to the pits from P7 with a broken rear wing. He classified P16.


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