FIA Formula 3 Championship

02. 09. 2019

The sixth event of the FIA ​​Formula 3 Championship in Spa was overshadowed by the fatal accident of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert at the same spot on the Saturday. The best results for HWA Racelab in the two races at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps were achieved by Keyvan Andres (IR) and Bent Viscaal (NL), who both took their places after having made a strong recovery in the past 15 landed. Bad luck had Jake Hughes (GB), who was involuntarily involved in a collision on both days.

At the sixth event of the FIA ​​Formula 3 Championship, the sport moved into the background. The two races were overshadowed by the fatal accident of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert (BWT Arden) on Saturday. HWA Racelab, technical partner of the BWT Arden team in the Formula 2 Championship, commemorated the tragic accident on Sunday with the lettering #RIPAnthoine on the HALO of the vehicles.


The weekend had started promising from HWA's point of view: in free practice on Friday, Jake Hughes (GB) was wide awake after the summer break and took first place. In the following qualifying, he finished in fifth place and thus secured a good starting position for the Saturday race. There, however, Jake fell back to rank He then proved his morale and fought his way back up for space. After he had advanced to rank in rank (**********************************************) A new maneuver finally brought Jake (*********************************************). Space.

A strong race meanwhile drove Keyvan Andres (IR), who had started from position The (***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************) already ranked (***********************************************************) in the second round. He then maintained his consistently good pace and defended his position against the competition. Towards the end of the race, Keyvan closed again and moved up two more positions – at the end, the (*******************************************************************************). Space for the German-Iranian book.

Also a combative performance showed Bent Viscaal (Netherlands). On the position but make up for it a little later and moved up to rank after a well-timed overtaking maneuver Later on, however, he had to let go and fell back to rank In the end, Bent crossed as the finish line of the course in the Belgian Ardennes.

In the second race, however, it was better for Bent. Although the (********************************************************************************************************) ******************************************************************************************************************************************************- . Place, back. After a longer safety car phase, Bent maintained his good pace and moved up to the spot a little later (***********************************************************************************) before passing through two more overtaking maneuvers than came to the finish.

Thanks to a solid start, Keyvan defended his starting position however, competitors dropped by and fell back to rank He kept this position until round 9 before he increased pressure and ranked (*****************************************************************) advanced. Keyvan finished the race – after eventful final laps –

For Jake, however, the second race was disappointing. After a good start from position (******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************. . Shortly thereafter, however, his vehicle was hit – as in the Saturday race – from behind. The race was over for Jake, who did not blame again.

Quotes for the race weekend

Bent Viscaal (20, NL, # 10), Space 20 and (**************************************************): Today almost stalled the engine and unfortunately fell back on place 26. The race was then very eventful, in the end I'm up to the rank hazards. So if the problems at the start did not exist, I could have made it even better. That's why I'm satisfied with the race and my performance on Sunday, only the start annoys me a bit. “

Jake Hughes (21, GB, # 11), Space 21 and DNF: “We showed tremendous potential at the weekend – but we could not capitalize on it and are now empty-handed. We were the fastest in training, we had the chance to get the pole position. But qualifying was one of the craziest I've ever seen. Fifth place was a bit annoying because the pole position was possible. As soon as the first race started, I was already involved in a collision and had to line up without any fault of my own at the end of the field. Although I was able to make up some places, but for more than space In the second race I made up some position But after the safety car phase, the same thing happened as yesterday and I was rammed again by another driver. It's a shame because we had a really good pace. But all this takes a back seat with the incident of yesterday. I still can not believe what happened. Anthoine was one of the best riders I was able to experience on the track. I am very grateful to call him a friend. We will all miss him very much. “

Keyvan Andres (16), IR, # 12), Space 14 and (**********************************************): Condolences to Anthoine's family after the tragic incident yesterday. That touched the whole paddock, the whole motorsport world. The race weekend started well for me in P The qualifying was then chaotic with a lot of traffic. With only a single fast lap was not possible as a starting place But in race 1 I got back and improved by a few places. Today I had a strong start, then I could not keep the ideal line in a few corners and fell back again. I had problems controlling the rear of the car today, so it did not go that well compared to yesterday. “

Thomas Strick, Team Principal HWA Racelab: “There are more important things in life than sport. Given the terrible news from Formula 2, the results on this weekend are secondary. Our sincere condolences go to Anthoine's family and friends and the BWT Arden team. We wish Juan Manuel Correa a speedy recovery and a speedy return to the track. We had a lot of bad luck in the races and therefore had to quickly shelve our desire to clinch the third podium in a row. I would like to express my appreciation to the boys. It was not an easy situation for them today to race after yesterday's events. ”

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