F3: Edgar holds off O’Sullivan in dramatic Monza Feature Race as landmark sustainably-fuelled season draws to a close
Jonny Edgar took both his first Formula 3 podium and win with a mature performance in the 2023 season finale at Monza. Battling with Caio Collet and Zak O’Sullivan for the victory, the MP Motorsport driver fought hard to regain the lead and overcame four Safety Cars and a last lap restart to ensure his Dutch team achieved back-to-back wins.
O’Sullivan put the pressure on his fellow Brit Edgar but had to settle for second, securing enough points to claim second in the drivers’ championship and help PREMA Racing retain the teams’ title. Taylor Barnard fought hard from eighth to round out an all-British podium in third.
Drama unfolded for several top 10 championship contenders, including pole-sitter Oliver Goethe who was unable to make the start, reporting a broken throttle on the formation lap.
Sprint Race winner Franco Colapinto retired on the opening lap after contact, but still managed to finish fourth in the standings, ahead of Josep Maria Marti, who also retired. The new Red Bull Junior was hit from behind and found himself beached in the gravel trap.
Collet tried to overtake O’Sullivan on the final restart but lost out to Barnard and finished fourth. Gabriel Bortoleto – who claimed the championship after Friday’s qualifying – capped off his triumphant season in fifth ahead of Mari Boya.
Paul Aron took P7 after being sent through the gravel at the mid-point of the race, enough for the Mercedes junior to ensure two PREMAs inside the top three of the drivers’ standings.
Campos Racing’s Christian Mansell finished eighth ahead of Dino Beganovic and Rafael Villagomez, after a five-second time penalty for ninth-placed Leonardo Fornaroli dropped him to P16.
The action at Monza brought an end to an F3 season which saw the cars – as well as the Formula 2 machines – fuelled by 55% Advanced Sustainable Fuels, ahead of Formula 1’s move to a 100% sustainable fuel for the 2026 season – with F2 and F3 set to follow suit in 2027.
For a full report from the F3 season finale at Monza, head to the official championship website here.