Mixed weekend for Barton Mawer at Monza Barton Mawer continues to lead the British Formula 3 International Series National Class by a comfortable margin after a weekend of mixed fortune at Monza, in Italy. The weekend saw Barton experience the...
Mixed weekend for Barton Mawer at Monza
Barton Mawer continues to lead the British Formula 3 International Series National Class by a comfortable margin after a weekend of mixed fortune at Monza, in Italy.
The weekend saw Barton experience the highs and lows of Motorsport, from the highs of once again setting the Formula 3 lap record for the National Class on his way to victory in his class in the first race, to suffering his first DNF of the season in the second race.
This was the first visit to the high speed Formula 1 Circuit for the series as a part of it's expansion to include a number of races outside Britain much to Barton's delight.
"The track is mega, very charismatic. The place has an amazing atmosphere and the opportunity to race on an international Formula 1 track is very special"
The first race saw Barton dominate from the start, winning his class and finishing 7th outright ahead of many of the Championship Class runners. Barton's strong performance in the race saw him set blindingly quick lap times, including setting the 6th fastest outright lap time of the race and the lap record for the National Class.
Barton had qualified 2nd for the second race of the weekend and started well to be first going into the first corner. At the second chicane there was chaos with cars spinning ahead of Barton, resulting in damage to Barton's front wing seeing Barton drop back to 2nd where he ran until lap nine. Barton began to notice vibration in the rear of the car, then at the end of the back straight his tyre let go sending him flying off the track and into the tyre barrier at high speed. The force of the impact saw Barton being buried in the tyre barrier and saw Barton score his first DNF of the season, leaving his team with the big task of rebuilding the car in time for the third race of the weekend the following morning.
"The rear tyre must have been damaged in the incident in the second chicane and that caused it to puncture sending me flying off the track and into the tyre barrier at around 100mph. I just went straight off the track; the gravel trap hardly slowed me down at all."
The third race of the weekend was the abandoned race from Spa earlier this year. Barton started at the rear of the field after an accident in the qualifying session restricted his track time. Barton struggled with vibration from the beginning of the race that was so fierce it caused the front end plate and part of the front wing to break off making the car almost undriveable. Barton was further hampered during the race when his mirror fell off because of the vibration. Despite these problems, Barton was able to finish 4th in his class and 12th outright, collecting more valuable championship points.
"While I am pleased to have held on to 4th position after struggling so much throughout the race, I am a little disappointed not to have come away with a better result. After the fantastic performance in the first race, we were looking very strong for the rest of the weekend. The T-Sport guys did an amazing job just to get us back out today -- their hard work and determination has been fantastic all season. We have been building momentum all year, we have really strong pace now and I am looking forward to the next round at Silverstone."
There will now be a five week break before the next round of the Championship, which will be held at another Formula 1 track, this time the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone.