Bortoleto crowned champion, pole position for Goethe

Although there are still two races to go, Gabriel Bortoleto is already assured of the championship title while Oliver Goethe has taken pole position at Monza.

Published on 01/09/2023 à 15:53

Gonzalo Forbes

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Bortoleto crowned champion, pole position for Goethe

Gabriel Bortoleto is the new Formula 3 champion! © Sebastian Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency / DPPI

  • Leader with 38 points ahead at the start of the last round of the season at Monza, Gabriel Bortoleto (Trident) is already champion of Formula 3 while only the qualifications were contested.
  • The only drivers who could still deprive the Brazilian of the title, Paul Aron (Prema) and Josep Maria Marti (Campos) did not take pole position and therefore won the two reward points. As a result, Gabriel Bortoleto can no longer be caught since there are only 37 units in play (25 for victory in the Main Race, 10 for victory in the Sprint Race and one point for each best lap).
  • On the list of winners, Gabriel Bortoleto succeeds Victor Martins, crowned on the same route a year ago after a breathtaking final. This time, the protégé of Fernando Alonso via his company A14 Management had a rather quiet season since he led it from start to finish without ever really being worried. The title awarded on Friday is the perfect example.
  • The Auriverde has built this title thanks to great consistency since he has finished 13 times in the points in the 16 races contested so far. With a pole position, two victories in the Main Race and three additional podiums, Gabriel Bortoleto did not leave the slightest chance to his rivals, sometimes capable of making small errors which together cost them dearly. 

Everything was ready at Trident! © Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

Goethe injured but on pole

  • Regarding the action on the track, these qualifications were eventful. First there were two red flags caused by the accidents of Ido Cohen (Carlin) and Joshua Dufek (Campos). In the meantime, Oliver Goethe took advantage of the restart to move to the top of the timesheet with a timed passage of 1'38"909, the only one under 1'39.
  • But the German was far from safe since the last runs still remained. This was without taking into account a surprising decision by the race management. While a third red flag was waved after Oliver Goethe went off the track at the second Lesmo, the stewards decided not to restart qualifying with 10 minutes remaining on the clock!
  • A surprising choice which favored the German since he retained his place to win his first pole position in Formula 3. He beat Caio Collet (VAR) by 92 thousandths and Paul Aron by 0. Jonny Edgar (MP Motorsport) and Gabriel Bortoleto (Trident) completed the Top 134.
  • Twelfth in qualifying, Grégoire Saucy (ART Grand Prix) took pole position in the Sprint Race. Trapped by red flags and deprived of his best time for not respecting track limits, Pepe Marti will start 16th in the two races of the weekend.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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