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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 28: Second placed Dino Beganovic of Sweden and PREMA Racing (2) celebrates on the podium during the Round 4:Monte Carlo Feature Race of the Formula 3 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 28, 2023 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

F3: Beganovic frustrated but happy to maximise points in Monaco

The PREMA Racing driver had the pace to fight for the lead but couldn't contend on a hard-to-pass street circuit

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FormulaNerds spoke to Dino Beganovic after he finished second in Formula 3’s Feature Race at Monaco.

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Beganovic (left) next to Monaco Feature Race winner Gabriele Mini and third-placed Paul Aron (Image Credit: @Formula3 on Twitter)

The young PREMA Racing driver picked up his second podium of the 2023 season after qualifying second on Friday, setting the fastest time for Group A but ultimately losing out to Gabriele Mini.

After Qualifying Beganovic told FormulaNerds his plan for the Feature Race was to “just get a better start than Gabriele.”

“It will be difficult,” he said. “But a lot is done in the first lap before the first corner, so the start will be important, the grid spot, and how the grip is, so let’s see. It will be hard but I will do my best and we will see on Sunday.”

But on Sunday he spent the entire race stuck behind Mini. The race leader never quite managed to pull away, but at the Circuit de Monaco, where overtaking is notoriously difficult, Beganovic couldn’t properly challenge for the win.

After the race FormulaNerds spoke to Beganovic about his race and how it felt to be so close to Mini but unable to pass him.

“I mean, sitting in P2 the whole race was nice, for some laps,” he answered. “But towards the end when I really wanted to have a chance to overtake – we all know it’s really difficult to overtake in Monaco.

“It is frustrating because qualifying is so important and it’s also about which group you’re in. Unfortunately, we were in the first one and Gabriele put in an amazing lap as well. But yeah, a little bit frustrating but also I need to be happy to bring home 18 points.”

An all-rookie podium

Mini, Beganovic, and third-placed Paul Aron are all Formula 3 rookies this year, and all claimed their second podium of the season in Monaco.

Mini now sits second in the standings behind fellow rookie Gabriel Bortoleto. Beganovic and Aron sit fourth and fifth respectively. Some years the rookie class has more success than others, and this year has been, so far, one for the new drivers.

Beganovic told FormulaNerds that it wasn’t unexpected for him to be on the podium with his fellow rookies, or for them all to be doing so well at this point in the season.

“I’m not really surprised that we are there, all three of us, because I think coming from [Formula] Regional, from F4, racing each other, we are very competitive. We are at a very high level, and I think the championship is really competitive, also from the year before.

“Gabriel Bortoleto has won two Feature Races as a rookie, I think it shows that it’s a really high level for the rookies this year. It’s really nice to see because it’s our generation and we’re putting very high levels on each other and we are racing the car every time. So I’m not really surprised that all three of us and all the rookies are really strong this year.”

Beganovic is just one point behind second-year driver Gregoire Saucy in the standings, and he’ll have the opportunity to jump up the order next weekend when Formula 3 races in Barcelona.

Feature Image Credit: Joe Portlock – Getty Images

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