Peroni, Fernández and Deledda, the three drivers racing under the Campos Racing colors in the series, showed competitive pace despite they couldn’t convert that into points
Campos Racing kicked off the 2019 FIA Formula 3 season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with its three Dallara F3 2019 cars driven by Sebastian Fernández, Alex Peroni and Alessio Deledda. Despite results weren’t ideal, the Spain-based team drew positive conclusions for the upcoming rounds of the season.
With a huge field of 30 cars on the track, it was a tricky first qualifying session on Friday. Australian Peroni posted a lap time of 1m32.863s to take ninth spot on the starting grid for Race 1. Further adrift, local favorite Fernández couldn’t put all three of his best sectors together and clocked a lap time of 1m33.508s to line up 23rd on the grid. Deledda was forced to start from the back of the field as the Italian driver couldn’t even set a timed lap.
On Saturday, Peroni couldn’t make a good start and dropped down the order. Later on, a car spun in front of him which definitively hampered his progress. Peroni finished 12th after twenty-two laps of closely-fought racing action. Fernández moved up through the field to take the checkered flag in 16th place. Deledda couldn’t make it to the finish and retired from the race in lap 13.
On Sunday, Peroni gained three places and moved up to ninth with Fernández and Deledda avoiding a first corner pile up, which involved no less than four cars, and the safety car came out five laps. Unfortunately, Peroni made contact with Simo Laaksonen later in the race and he dropped to 16th. The Australian driver also served a drive-through penalty, which dashed his chances to finish higher. Meanwhile, Fernández was already running in 13th.
After 22 laps, the Spanish driver crossed the finish line in 12th place with his teammates Deledda and Peroni ending up in 23rd and 24th respectively.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will head to France for the second round of the season, which will take place at Paul Ricard on June 22-23.
Sebas Fernández (Campos Racing Driver): “It was an extremely difficult weekend from the very beginning. Starting from 23rd on the grid, we had a mountain to climb. Apart from being such a huge number of cars on track, it was key a right management of tire wear here in Barcelona. The first round came to an end for us with no points but we will even harder to improve at Paul Ricard.”
Alex Peroni (Campos Racing Driver): “Really tough weekend on this first GP. We did a really good job during qualifying in the top-ten and with still potential for more. But then we couldn’t translate that in a good result due to not well manage decisions and some unlucky situations. Anyway, we have seen that we have much more potential and for sure we will be stronger at Paul Ricard.”
Alessio Deledda (Campos Racing Driver): “Difficult weekend with some problems with the engine during qualifying and then, I made a mistake what didn’t let me end the first race. Anyway at the end glass half full because I had a good pace in race 2 and I have learnt a lot in my first GP ever and from now I will keep this fighter spirit to improve step by step.”
Adrián Campos (Campos Racing President): “It was the very first event of the FIA Formula 3 Championship but our potential is definitively there. Our drivers are newcomers to the series and we are confident they will improve every weekend.”