F3 took to the track for the first time in 2021 last weekend in Barcelona. But with 30 cars on the grid and three drivers per team, you’d be forgiven for not being able to keep track of everyone. But don’t worry, we here at GP Grandstand have you covered. Today, I shall shine a spotlight onto the Campos Racing team. It’s the first season since the tragic death of Adrian Campos so let’s see how Campos got on in Barcelona.
Toth is one of the many rookies joining the F3 grid this year. As a result, he spent testing and the first round of the season getting used to everything with the car and finding his feet. In Friday’s Qualifying session, he qualified in 27th place. This is where he started and finished for the first Sprint Race on Saturday. This is also where he started for the second Sprint Race. Here, Toth made some solid progress and avoided getting caught up in any of the on-track drama. Consequently, he finished in a solid 23rd, making up five places.
Sunday’s Feature Race saw him back down in 27th for the race start. Come the end of the race, he’d gained a single position to finish 26th. Whilst on the surface, this may not look impressive, it’s better than you think. As a rookie in their first race, finishing each race in one piece and being able to gain a few positions over the course of the weekend is excellent. Toth’s confidence will benefit and grow as F3 heads to France next.
Another rookie, Colombo was the highest qualifying Campos driver in Friday’s Qualifying. Starting 24th, he finished Sprint Race One in 23rd. The Italian then finished one place higher in Sprint Race Two. Unfortunately, he slipped down the order a bit in Sunday’s Feature Race to finish in 29th place. Despite this though, there are still positives to his weekend. He claimed first blood between his teammates in Qualifying. Then, by making progress in the Sprint Races, he showed that so far, he’s a safe pair of hands in the car.
Cordeel qualified in 25th for his first Formula 3 weekend. He slipped down to 26th in Sprint Race One. But he bounced back in style to finish in 16th place in Sprint Race Two. This would be the highest finishing Campos car all weekend. This is an accolade I’m sure Cordeel will be happy to take. Sunday’s Feature Race finished with Cordeel finishing where he started, in 25th. Like Colombo, he kept his head down and brought the car home in one piece. The Belgian driver should be satisfied with this because it will be valuable experience for him as the season progresses.
Strong and Stable
So how did Campos get on in Barcelona? Well, they should be happy overall with a solid weekend of racing in Spain. All three drivers ran full races and made progress up the grid in at least one race each. Cordeel impressed the most with his 16th place finish. I’m sure this will serve as good motivation for Colombo and Toth to improve as the season goes on. Barcelona will be a strong foundation for them to build their season on. Hopefully, with their continued effort (and a bit of luck as it’s F3), it won’t be too long before we see at least one of the drivers in the points.