Penalties hand Cassidy points finish in final Formula 3 race

Nick Cassidy finished 11th in the final race of the FIA European Formula 3 championship at the Red Bull Ring. Cassidy benefitted from a penalty to tenth place finished David Beckmann, who was one of many to be penalised for exceeding track limits. 


Cassidy benefitted from an early incident at turn two, moving from 15th on the grid to 11th as he avoided the carnage ahead.


The safety car was quickly brought out however, only three laps into the race an incident on the lead up to turn two beaching one car and forcing race control’s hand.


Despite the bunching of the midpack, Cassidy couldn’t make any positions on the restart. Cassidy became one of several warned for exceeding track limits after the frantic restart, and still, 20 minutes remained in the race.


Cassidy dropped off the back of the battle pack, sitting one and a half seconds behind Anthoine Hubert. Fortunately for Cassidy, the gaggle of cars ahead began to fight with each other allowing him to tag onto the back


Tenth place Hubert received a drive through penalty for exceeding track limits, allowing Cassidy into the points.


Unfortunately for Cassidy, the Kiwi lost a position for Ralf Aron dropping him back out of the points with 11 minutes to go.


A penalty for Harrison Newey then put Cassidy back into the points, as the stewards continued to hand out drive through penalties for exceeding track limits. 


Cassidy continued to struggle though as Beckmann made his way past the New Zealander. Fortunately for Cassidy, Beckmann was penalised for exceeding track limits handing Cassidy tenth in the final race.


At the head of the field former Toyota Racing Series champion and NZ Grand Prix winner Lance Stroll streaked out ahead of the field to take his fourth Formula 3 career win. 


Photo: FIA European Formula 3