As the summer break for the FIA Formula 3 Championship is coming to an end, all the teams and drivers are ready for one of the most outstanding rounds of the season at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit, home to the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. The famed (and feared) 7.0-kilometre venue is a classic destination, but yet remains one of the toughest and most challenging under many points of view. The driving, the battles and the general management will need to be perfect especially considering the variables on the table, one for all the weather conditions.
PREMA Racing will be lining-up in Belgium as the leader among drivers and teams, but throughout the first part of the season, a host of competitive challengers emerged. While the pack is tight and the trio of Robert Shwartzman, Jehan Daruvala and Marcus Armstrong is highly-competitive, everything will need to be perfect for the team to retain the pace held so far.
The 19-year-old Russian is currently the championship leader despite facing alternating fortunes in the two previous rounds, while the Indian now trails him in third place, having paid the price of a tough qualifying session in Hungary. On the other hand, Marcus Armstrong has been powering up the rankings and just secured his first win of the year. His momentum is thus skyrocketing and Spa-Francorchamps comes at the right time for the 19-year-old Kiwi who, as well as Shwartzman, will once again represent the Ferrari Driver Academy.
René Rosin - Team Principal
"We can't wait to race at Spa-Francorchamps and to see our talented trio of drivers compete in such an amazing place. Of course, we know them and we had full trust in their abilities, but being back there is always special and the feeling never gets old. I think we clearly showed what we are capable of so the goal can't be other than being at the top of our game, at every chance, with all three drivers. If we keep the pace, stay focused and don't make mistakes, the rest will come by itself."
Friday, August 30th
9:35 - Practice
17:50 - Qualifying