FIA F2 Championship, Barcelona, Race Preview.
Team Trident set for first European outing of 2019
The third round of the 2019 season brings the FIA Formula 2 Championship to Montmelò track in Catalunya, where Team Trident drivers Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung always achieved good results and where the team has traditionally performed at excellent levels.
It will be the first round of the year on European soil for the FIA Formula 2 Championship, with the series coming to the traditional trip to the technical ups and downs of Montmelò, which make the Iberian track a great benchmark in defining the values in the field. The track located not far from Barcelona has a perfect combination of the characteristics of different types of venues, offering slow, medium and fast corners connected by two long straights where the maximum speeds are reached. The technical staff of the teams can thus gather information on the behaviour of the cars in different conditions, on the aero balance and on the performance of the tires.
The track is also a traditional destination for testing. The 4,655-km layout is well known by the teams, but they will find different conditions compared to the pre-season test sessions carried out last March. The temperatures will be higher, with more air density. Team Trident has the goal of leaving behind the outcome of the previous round held in Baku as quickly as possible. In both races, Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung were involved in race incidents that jeopardized their runs at the fast-Azerbaijani street circuit.
Both drivers have a very encouraging record on the Iberian track. In the past season, the 21-year-old Swiss man scored a ninth place in qualifying, while the 19-year-old Frenchman took a win in the GP3 Series with Team Trident. Alesi and Boschung, despite not having given priority to pure performance, Provided great feedback at the Catalan track during the pre-season tests: there are therefore all the conditions for them to fulfil their potential with a top result next weekend.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We are lining-up at Barcelona following a race where some racing incidents prevented our racer from being protagonists. I'm fully convinced that both Alesi and Boschung will be able to express themselves on good levels next weekend, on a track that has often seen them star. The preparation work has been accurate, now we expect to collect the dividends. The team will put up their maximum effort to enable the drivers to score heavy results."
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Barcelona, Race Preview.
A Catalan season debut for the series, on a track where the Team Trident colours have shone in the past
The much-anticipated FIA Formula 3 Championship is set for its historical maiden outing next week with more than 30 cars at the start. Pedro Piquet, Niko Kari and Devlin DeFrancesco hope to keep the Team Trident banner high at Montmelò.
The Spanish racetrack of Montmelò will be hosting the inaugural race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, which was revamped at the end of the last season and finally completed the ladder created by the FIA going from Formula 4 all the way towards F1. The new series is set to bring together the best elements of the GP3 Series and the European F3 championship. It will feature more than 30 cars, all of them challenging for the wins at the up-and-down Catalan venue which, together with Le Castellet and the Hungaroring, hosted the pre-season test sessions.
Hoping to continue its winning tradition in the third series, Team Trident will field a three-driver lineup consisting of Pedro Piquet, Niko Kari and Devlin DeFrancesco. The 20-year-old, son of 3-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, is returning for his second year wearing the colours of the Italian squad after taking sixth place in last year's GP3 Series, including two wins Monza and Silverstone. Kari a 19-year-old Finn has a GP3 Series win under his belt, together with a long list of prestigious results. On the other hand, 19-year-old Canadian DeFrancesco entered six races in last year's GP3 Series. In the previous season, the Ontario-based racer performed well in the Euroformula Open series, taking third place in the championship standings and a win in the season finale at Barcelona.
The three drivers of Team Trident have an excellent record on the Catalan track, and there are all the needed elements to continue a favourable tradition with a prestigious result next weekend. The team has carefully prepared the trip to Montmelò. The drivers, who have tested the track in the simulator, are all looking forward to the new challenge.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“In preseason testing, I was impressed by the very high level of the FIA Formula 3 Championship for this year. The competitors will be extremely close and every little detail will make the difference. We will have to give our 100 per cent to confirm ourselves at the top of a category where we have an excellent record. Our drivers and the technical staff are very motivated, I expect to start the new season with the right foot!".
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will start running on Friday at 13:00 for the first free practice session. Qualifying will be on the same day at 16.55. The Feature Race will be held on Saturday at 4.40pm, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11.30am. The FIA Formula 3 Championship will be on track on Friday morning with the free practice session at 9.15 am. The qualifications will be later on the same day at 17:50. Saturday will have the Feature Race at 10.15 AM, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 10.15 AM. As usual, all the activity on the track will be covered live by Sky Sports F1.