Franco Colapinto, Monza, 2023

Colapinto beats new champion Bortoleto to Monza sprint race win

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Franco Colapinto won the Formula 3 sprint race in Monza while new champion Gabriel Bortoleto gained six positions to finish behind him.

The pair were separated by 1.3 seconds at the flag. Bortoleto, who was crowned F3 champion following yesterday’s qualifying, passed Mari Boya for second place on the final lap.

Paul Aron and Josep Maria Marti, whose hopes of beating Bortoleto to the title ended in yesterday’s qualifying session, both retired from the weekend’s opening race.

Colapinto lined up on pole position on the partially-reversed grid in warm, dry conditions. His MP Motorsport team mate Boya joined him on the front row.

But the Williams junior was slow off the line, and Boya took the race lead into turn one. Meanwhile chaos erupted behind them.

In the midfield, Caio Collet’s nudged Paul Aron’s left-rear tyre with his front wing. The Prema driver sustained a puncture which caused him to lose control as he braked for the Rettifilo.

Aron spun and hit Jonny Edgar in the middle of the corner, and the pair cannoned into Marti. All three drivers were forced to retire, while the instigator Collet pitted for repairs and was given a 10-second time penalty.

The race restarted on lap five, which Boya handled well and kept his lead. But he lost it on lap 10, as Colapinto overtook him on the outside into Rettifilo.

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The fight behind for third was just as close. Zak O’Sullivan attempted to overtake Gregoire Saucy for the place, but the two collided at the exit of Rettifilo after the Williams junior’s front right tyre hit the ART driver’s rear left.

That gave Saucy a puncture while O’Sullivan dropped back and Bortoleto, who had gained three positions from the restart, swept through into third. O’Sullivan was later judged the guilty party and given a 10-second time penalty.

Colapinto’s move was the start of a constant back-and-forth battle for the lead between him and Boya. The MP pair swapped places again at turn one on laps 12 and 13.

This battle between Colapinto and Boya allowed others to gain, and on lap 13 the top nine were all within three seconds of each other. But Colapinto finally started to edge clear of Boya, and as the 18-lap race neared its end Boya was the driver under pressure.

Bortoleto was in a late charge for second, and made his first move on Boya at Rettifilo on the final lap. Boya resisted, and edged Bortoleto onto the grass as they rounded Curva Grande, but the champion kept his foot in and claimed the place at the Roggia chicane. Further around the final lap, Boya saw off a late attack by Taylor Barnard to secure third place.

Colapinto therefore took his second win of the year ahead of Bortoleto, Boya and Barnard. Luke Browning impressively rose from 27th on the grid to take fifth, followed by Oliver Goethe who lined up 22nd. Gabriele Mini, Christian Mansell and Nikola Tsolov completed the top 10.

Behind the uncatchable Bortoleto, Colapinto has moved into second in the standings, with just nine points covering him, Aron, Marti and O’Sullivan going into the final race of the season tomorrow.

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Formula 3 Italy race one results

110Franco ColapintoMP
25Gabriel BortoletoTrident
311Mari BoyaMP
427Taylor BarnardJenzer
516Luke BrowningHitech
64Leonardo FornaroliTrident
76Oliver GoetheTrident
815Gabriele MinìHitech
924Christian MansellCampos
109Nikola TsolovART
1118Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort
123Zak O’SullivanPrema
1314Sebastian MontoyaHitech
142Maxwell EstersonPrema
1525Josh DufekCampos
1626Caio ColletMP
1729Sophia FloerschPHM Racing by Charouz
1828Alejandro GarcíaJenzer
1921Francesco SimonazziRodin Carlin
2017Caio ColletVan Amersfoort
217Kaylen FrederickART
2222Ido CohenRodin Carlin
238Gregoire SaucyART
2430Roberto FariaPHM Racing by Charouz
DNF20Oliver GrayRodin Carlin
DNF19Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
DNF31Woohyun ShinPHM Racing by Charouz
DNF23Pepe MartíCampos
DNF12Jonny EdgarMP
DNF1Paul AronPrema

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One comment on “Colapinto beats new champion Bortoleto to Monza sprint race win”

  1. That Caio Collet is a super driver. Finishing both 16th and 20th with two different teams…

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