Formula 3: Austrian Grand Prix 2021 Preview

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The hills are alive with the sound of engines! Formula 3 returns to racing this weekend following an exhilarating round last time out in France. Here’s everything you need to keep an eye out for when things get underway in Austria.

Hauger Vs Martins

Spielberg, Austria is the venue for Round 3 of the 2021 Formula 3 Championship – and the battle for the title is starting to heat up. Dennis Hauger currently leads with 66 points, and one Feature Race win to his name.

Dennis Hauger in his Prema F3 car
Image: Prema Racing Twitter

But just six points behind him is everyone’s favourite rookie, Victor Martins with 60 points. Despite not winning a race yet this season, he’s been up on the podium several times and has been putting in consistent results all season.

Every point counts for these two this weekend, and one bad performance could be very costly – especially with Jack Doohan keeping a close eye on things in a not too distant third place.

Watch out for Smolyar

As things currently stand, Alex Smolyar has the most race wins to his name so far this season, winning a race in both Barcelona and Le Castellet. So, even though he’s a little further down the order in the championship, the ART driver will surely pounce at any opportunity that comes his way.

Redemption for Vesti?

Mercedes Junior Driver Frederik Vesti has had a bit of a disappointing 2021 campaign so far. After a solid 2020 season, many thought he’d be one to watch this year. But alas, not yet.

Image: ART Grand Prix Twitter

He got Pole Position in France but had to settle for sixth by the end of the Feature Race. We know he has speed but for some reason, it’s proving difficult for him to bring everything together for the full race weekend. Maybe Austria is where things will turn around for the Danish driver.

Look out for Leclerc

Arthur Leclerc had a terrible time of it in qualifying back in France. But this didn’t stop him from putting on an absolutely splendid show for all three races, even winning the second Sprint Race.

Arthur Leclerc at Fiorano
Image: Arthur Leclerc

So if the Monegasque driver can get qualifying right, who knows what he’s going to be a capable of in the races? Are we about to witness a late starting surge forwards to challenge for the championship?

What’s that coming over the hill?

Last weekend for Formula 1 and W Series, we got rain. Sadly, it wasn’t when the races were actually happening. Which made us sad. However, we’re still in Austria for racing this weekend and you can never say never.

Maybe we’ll get some rain to actually fall during at least one of the F3 races this weekend to add a little extra spice into the mix. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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