As the drivers head off on their summer break, we look back at how the Australian’s have performed in the first four rounds of the 2021 FIA Formula 3® Championships so far.
The teams and their drivers have travelled to four locations across Europe: Spain, France, Austria, and Hungary.
The Norwegian driver from Prema Racing leads the standings and will be hard to catch over the remainder of the season. Dennis Hauger sits atop the leaderboard with 152-points, an entire 63-points ahead of Jack Doohan in second place. Olli Caldwell, who also drives for Prema Racing, is in third, three points behind Doohan.
Australian's Doohan and Calan Williams have each scored points in various races this season. Doohan's standout performance came in France where he won the feature race, securing 25-points. Williams also had his best weekend in France picking up ten and three points in races one and two respectively.
JACK DOOHAN - TRIDENT
The 18-year-old has had a breakout season so far, scoring points in nine of the twelve races. Doohan’s consistency across the first four rounds sees him second in the standings with 89-points to his name.
Doohan had a difficult 2020 season when driving for HWA RACELAB. He couldn't score a single point and has spoken about his thoughts on whether he had made the right decision. However, that all changed for the 2021 campaign with Trident.
The Australian has consistently scored points at each race weekend and also picked up his first Formula 3® win in Le Castellet, France. Doohan remains in contention for the Championships title.
"After all the difficulties of last year, all of the hard work and how much it mentally drained me - figuring out if I was good enough for this and if I was doing the right thing."
Doohan had some challenging races in Austria and Hungary. With three laps to go in the feature race in Austria, Doohan was sitting in the fifth position before Jak Crawford from the Hitech Grand Prix team ran into the back of his car resulting in a 27th place finish.
Race 2 in Hungary was another tough race for Doohan, with tyre degradation causing him to slip from fifth to 13th and not picking up any points.
Over the final three rounds of the Championships, Doohan will look to hold off Caldwell and Frederik Vesti, both within ten points in the standings.
CALAN WILLIAMS - JENZER MOTORSPORT
The 21-year-old will remember Race 1 in Le Castellet, France, for a long time to come after scoring his first points in Formula 3® and his first podium.
Williams has been open about how he has found it challenging to prepare mentally for races after a difficult start to his F3® career in 2020. Before the race in France, he worked with an Italian based company called Formula Medicine that specialises in ‘medical assistance, athletic and mental preparation.’
“They gave me a really good car and I think that all of the work that I have been doing since November last year, with Formula Medicine, with myself and with everyone that I work with, is absolutely incredible. I think that it is all starting to show now.”
Williams came away from Austria with two points in the feature race. After starting 13th on the grid, he was able to pick up four places, to finish ninth overall.
The Australian has already made significant improvements when compared to last season and will look to finish the current season strong. The aim would be to pick up points in as many of the nine races left and move as far up the standings as possible.
Teams will continue in Europe once racing resumes from the summer break. They will first head to Belgium, then the Netherlands, before rounding out the Championships in the United States.