Martins considered Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 F1 season finale after F3 Monza purple flag

The ART driver, who was topped champion after the function race, was handed a penalty for exceeding observe limits because the race was prematurely ended.

He had been working in third behind fellow title contenders Zane Maloney and Oliver Bearman, and seemed set to clinch the crown previous to a purple flag, introduced out for contact between Kush Maini and Brad Benavides.

Martins’ penalty then demoted him to fifth earlier than Jenzer’s William Alatalo, who had momentarily assumed fourth, was additionally penalised and Martins again as much as fourth.

There was some confusion over who can be champion, with a slender hole between Martins, Maloney and Bearman.

Requested how he felt when the race was red-flagged with 5 laps remaining, Martins advised Autosport: “What went by means of my head was like please, I don’t need the identical factor that occurred to Lewis Hamilton final yr.”

The Frenchman, who’s a member of the Alpine Academy, stated after the standings have been settled, he’s now capable of recognise his achievement.

He stated: “Now I can really feel a bit the happiness, the achievement that I’ve achieved.

“It was a bit onerous on the finish of the race with all of the panic on the finish with the penalties, all of the observe limits that have been exhibiting up on the TV, however in the long run it’s achieved.

“It’s been an unbelievable season, it’s been simply so intense all through the entire yr, up and down on a regular basis – errors, then getting again to the highest, doing the job.

“I did the job this weekend, it was nearly getting out of hassle, nevertheless it feels good.”

Regardless of benefitting from Alatalo’s penalty, Martins says he didn’t really feel “fortunate,” including: “To be sincere, fortunate, I don’t know, as a result of I don’t really feel I received fortunate to win the championship.

“I did the job, we did the job with the crew, and it’s how we have to assume.”

Martins completed the season with 139 factors, 5 forward of Maloney and 7 away from third-placed Bearman.

Prema sealed the groups’ championship, with 355 factors to Trident’s 301.

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