SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 29: Sophia Floersch of Germany and PHM Racing by Charouz (29) prepares to drive prior to the Round 9:Spa-Francorchamps Sprint race of the Formula 3 Championship at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on July 29, 2023 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)
Sophia Floersch becomes first woman to score points in F3
Sophia Floersch became the first woman to score points in Formula 3 in the Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Well, technically Floersch first achieved this feat in the Feature Race at Spielberg in the beginning of July, but a disqualification for a technical infringement saw her lose that ninth-placed finish.
The German driver is competing in her second year of Formula 3, having spent 2020 with Campos Racing before switching full-time to endurance racing for the next two seasons.
For 2023, Floersch signed with PHM Racing by Charouz to tackle Formula 3 once again, this time with some impressive results.
While scoring your first points of the season in the penultimate round of the category might not sound like the wildest feat a driver could accomplish, sometimes the story goes beyond the points.
Not only has Floersch kept it clean enough to finish all 16 races so far this season, she has finished higher than she started in every single one.
Over the course of the season, she has accrued an average qualifying position of 26th place, but an average finishing position of 18th.
This past weekend in Belgium was Floersch’s best weekend yet for overtaking, gaining a total of 29 positions throughout the course of the weekend to come from 24th on the grid in both races to finish 12th and seventh respectively.
On average, she gained 16 positions per race weekend. And now, just three races before the end of the season, she’s scored her team’s first points of the year and bumped them ahead of Rodin Carlin in the team standings.
First points (officially)
Floersch’s seventh place in the Feature Race in Belgium cemented her in the history books as the first female points-scorer in the current version of FIA Formula 3.
“Coming from 24th, there were many to overtake,” commented Floersch. “But at some point, we all I think had to manage the wet tyres because it was clear that it was going to dry up and we had to kind of manage to not get overtaken by the guys on the slicks. I think the race ended at the right moment because at some point the slicks were going to go quicker, but we had such a big gap to them that it worked out, but it was not easy.”
Making the right strategy call can make or break your race, something Floersch and her team proved when they chose to start the race on wet tyres.
“I was 100% sure it was going to be the right call. In the end it was a good decision, but it’s always a gamble. It could have been wrong. For me, it was wetter than yesterday, and because the race was early, I thought it’s going to take longer to dry up. So, I wanted to go on wets and because we were starting on 24th, I had nothing to lose.
“Looking back now, it was the right decision. Everyone kind of realised that it was really wet in some parts of the track but towards the end, it dried up, so the slicks were becoming better, and they were quicker than us. Happy overall today and obviously happy for PHM. It was a tricky race, and we were also lucky because we did the right strategy, but in the end, it’s points and they cannot be taken away.
“Officially our first points now. I’m obviously super happy. Being the first points for PHM, because we didn’t have points at all this year and then last year, Charouz didn’t have points, so for the mechanics, they’re all super super happy too.”
Feature Image Credit: Joe Portlock – Getty Images
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