Josep Maria Marti, Campos, FIA Formula 3, Monaco

Marti makes it look easy with dominant sprint win in Monaco

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Josep Maria Marti converted reverse grid pole position into sprint race victory in the first FIA Formula 3 race of the weekend in Monaco.

The Campos driver led all 23 laps of the race, pulling away from fellow front row starter Leonardo Fornaroli to win by over eight seconds and secure his second victory of the season. Gregoire Saucy completed the podium in third.

Picture perfect conditions awaited the 30 drivers for the first Formula 3 race around the famous Monte Carlo street circuit since Lewis Hamilton’s double triumph in 2005. When the lights went out, pole-winner Marti duly held onto the lead on the run to Sainte Devote with Leonardo Fornaroli retaining second place. Gregoire Saucy jumped Taylor Barnard to take third place with Franco Colapinto remaining in fifth.

Back in the pack, Jonny Edgar was bumped into the Sainte Devote barrier. With his MP Motorsport car in the wall, the Safety Car was deployed while Yeany, Hugh Barter, Roberto Faria and Mari Boya all made their way into the pits after suffering damage over the opening lap – the latter two joining Edgar in retirement.

The race resumed at the start of lap six, with Marti leading away from Fornaroli and Saucy. Colapinto dived down the inside of Barnard at the hairpin, picking up fourth position in the process.

Fornaroli remained within a second of the race leader until eventually falling out of DRS range just after half distance on lap 13. By lap 18, Marti’s lead had inflated to over three seconds as Fornaroli struggled to keep up with the Campos driver’s pace out front. Third-placed Saucy remained within DRS range of Fornaroli and began putting the Trident driver under pressure, but could not get close enough to attempt a pass.

But out front, Marti was now well clear. He ticked off the remaining laps and crossed the line at the end of the 23rd and final lap to take the chequered flag and secure the ten points. Fornaroli successfully held his nerve to hold onto second place with Saucy crossing the line to take the final podium slot in third, with Colapinto less than a second behind in fourth.

Barnard finished fifth ahead of Gabriel Bortoleto, who retains his championship lead. Sebastian Montoya finished seventh ahead of Luke Browning, with Caio Collet and Paul Aron completing the top ten.

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Formula 3 Monaco race one results

123Josep Maria MartíCampos
24Leonardo FornaroliTrident
38Gregoire SaucyART
410Franco ColapintoMP
527Taylor BarnardJenzer
65Gabriel BortoletoTrident
714Sebastian MontoyaHitech
816Luke BrowningHitech
917Caio ColletVan Amersfoort
101Paul AronPrema
1115Gabriele MinìHitech
122Dino BeganovicPrema
133Zak O’SullivanPrema
149Nikola TsolovART
1526Nikita BedrinJenzer
1618Caio ColletMP
176Oliver GoetheTrident
1831Piotr WiśnickiPHM Racing by Charouz
1922Ido CohenRodin Carlin
2024Christian MansellCampos
2119Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
2220Oliver GrayRodin Carlin
2329Sophia FloerschPHM Racing by Charouz
247Kaylen FrederickART
2525Hugh BarterCampos
2628Alejandro GarcíaJenzer
2721Hunter YeanyRodin Carlin
2830Roberto FariaPHM Racing by Charouz
2911Mari BoyaMP
3012Jonny EdgarMP

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2 comments on “Marti makes it look easy with dominant sprint win in Monaco”

  1. I was expecting F3 to at least be mildly interesting, but even they failed.
    This is not a good sign for the rest of the racing here – not that expectations were ever high in Monaco.

  2. RandomMallard
    27th May 2023, 12:40

    I have to say, this was quite a well-behaved race. I was worried that 30 cars driven by relatively inexperienced drivers around Monaco could be a little chaotic, but beyond the inevitable first lap crash and SC, and a couple of wheel-to-wheel bumps, the driving standards were pretty good. Kudos to the F3 drivers

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