PREMA takes podium finish, triple top-5 at Imola
PREMA Racing and American racer Jak Crawford powered to another podium finish today at Imola in race 2 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Starting from P3, the Red Bull Junior driver adopted a careful approach in terms of tyre management, while some of his contenders who started with rain tyres got an early advantage.
When slick tyres finally emerged as the right choice, Crawford’s work paid off, allowing him to fight back to P2, making the most out of his opportunities.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Ollie Bearman crossed the finish line in P4 at the end of a hectic race. The British racer ran at the front all day, and even managed to dive for the the lead. As tyre wear started to take its toll though, his pace suddenly dropped, and he lost a couple of spots. On the last lap, contact while fighting for the final podium position, and a following penalty, eventually dropped him back to P17.
Ending up not far from him, fellow FDA racer Arthur Leclerc wrapped up a majestic comeback from P21 on the grid to P4. The Ferrari Driver Academy Monegasque made steady gains throughout the whole race, and maximised the safety-car situations.
Going out of the second round of the championship, Leclerc is tied for the lead of the driver championship, while PREMA Racing holds P1 in the team standings.
#4 - Arthur Leclerc
“It was a great race and a great recovery after Friday’s qualifying when we were hit. Yesterday we could have tried to score one or two points but it’s Sunday that make a bit of a difference in this championship and we took all opportunities in really really tricky conditions. We managed to make the most out of it, I’m really happy with P5 and with our comeback.”
#5 - Jak Crawford
It was a good race in very difficult conditions. It was wet at the beginning but we went on slicks knowing it would be dry at the end. I’m really happy with the race, I struggled a lot early with tyre temperature and I was unable to be quick. However, I kept my position and by the end of the race my tyre strategy of saving the rears a lot paid off. I was one of the few without graining. I’m happy with the result even if I wanted the win as well.
#6 - Ollie Bearman
“Tough race, P4 in the end, I was in the lead after the restart, but I just had a lot of degradation, and struggled with the rear tyres. In the last five laps I dropped a lot of pace. It was a bit unfortunate but we made a good step forward, we need to keep working to get that last bit. In the end I got passed on the outside, but I wasn’t given space and I don’t think there was much I could have done.”