Race 1 in Austria

Race 1 in Austria

Australian Race Car Driver Calan Williams


Saturday at the Austrian Grand Prix event was the day for Race 1 of the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship, and Calan's debut race at this level. It was perfect conditions for racing, completely dry track and reasonably warm temperatures.

 
Starting from P23 on the grid was always going to be a challenge, with the field of 30 drivers so closely matched. However, what was not known prior to the race was that one of the three DRS zones, and in the fact the most effective for overtaking, between turns 1 and 3 would not be available for any of the drivers during the race. As a result, overtaking would be more of a challenge than normal.
Calan Williams Racing

Calan got away to a very good start, and momentarily gained two places off the line and around the outside at turn 1. However in the long run down the straight to turn 3, he was unable to make these positions stick on the outside of the pack. From here the racing was exceptionally tight with long trains of drivers looking to attack the car in front, but continually under pressure from the drvier behind.

Through the long race of 24 laps, Calan always looked to have good pace and moved up two places to finish in P21. His quickest lap time was only 5 tenths off the quickest for the race, so to carry that pace through race distance without error was a very solid first race performance.

Race 2 is tomorrow morning, and the grid will be formed by finishing positions in Race 1, with the top 10 places being reveresed.

Prospective Formula 1 Australian Race Car Driver