F3: 5 battles to watch at the Monza Season Finale

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With only two races left in the F3 season, there are multiple battles to keep an eye on this weekend at Monza.

As we enter the final round of the Formula 3 2022 season at Monza, there are still so many unresolved battles to be completed. Here are 5 of the most interesting F3 battles to look forward to.

1 – Victor Martins vs Isack Hadjar: A 5-point difference

With the championship heading down to the wire, championship leader Victor Martins is hoping he can keep his narrow lead over fellow Frenchman Isack Hadjar. Currently separated by five points, both have displayed a level of consistency needed to become a Formula 3 champion. Despite who claims the title it is very likely we see these two battling each other in F2 next year.

2 – Zane Maloney vs Oliver Bearman: A 3-point difference.

Fellow rookies Zane Maloney and Oliver Bearman have enjoyed an eventful and impressive F3 campaign, currently sitting fifth and fourth in the championship respectively. Separated by three points, the pair are in the hunt for the second-best rookie this season, unless one of them can overtake Hadjar at Monza.

Although Bearman has the faster car, he has found himself receiving post-race penalties for incidents that occurred during the races, including a twenty-second time penalty at Zandvoort. Meanwhile, Maloney has been on a hot streak since the summer break ended, winning back-to-back feature races in Spa and Zandvoort.

3 – ART Grand Prix vs MP Motorsport: A 5-point difference

Three drivers race for each team, but ART’s Victor Martins is responsible for 126 points out of their 190-point tally.  Can one driver really make that big of a difference when it comes to the team championship? Whereas with MP Motorsport, all three drivers have taken turns scoring high points.

 4 – Arthur Leclerc vs Roman Stanek: An 8-point difference

Following a difficult Dutch Grand Prix, Arthur Leclerc lost his third place in the standings to Trident driver, and former ADAC F4 teammate, Roman Stanek.  However, Monza’s track layout is vastly different from Zandvoort’s and will most likely be the product of a lot of overtaking thanks to the long start/finish straight and powerful DRS zones. Can Leclerc move back up the standings or end the season on a series of forgettable race weekends?

5 – Carlin vs Campos Racing: A 6-point difference

With Hunter Yeany still recovering from a broken wrist and stand-in Sebastian Montoya competing in the FREC championship this weekend. It remains a mystery as to who will be racing in the finale. With both Oliver Goethe and Montoya scoring points while Carlin has failed to, it looks likely Campos will be stealing P7 in the championship.

With only two rounds left to go, it’s now or never for these teams and drivers to secure a strong finish to 2022 and secure a spot in F2 or F3 next year.

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