FIA F2 Championship, Budapest, Race Preview
The eighth round of the season takes the FIA Formula 2 Championship to the winding and demanding circuit of Hungaroring, located on the outskirts of Budapest. Team Trident’s Giuliano Alesi and Ralph Boschung will aim to score valuable points.
Two weeks of break allowed the stars of the FIA Formula 2 Championship to recharge and refresh after a series of events held in just a few weekends. The F1 feeder series, coming from Silverstone, is now back to the traditional Hungaroring circuit, hosting the fifteenth and sixteenth race of the year in the context of the eighth-round championship. The track, which measures 4.381 km, consists of a succession of corners, many of which are medium and slow speed, connected by very short straights. Its extreme tortuosity reminds drivers of their karting experience, with narrow spaces and constant changes of direction. The frenetic pace makes tires struggle to cool down, and puts the driver fitness to a real test. Having basically just one line, with a single straight, don’t make overtaking any easier. Going off-line breaks the pace which costs valuable time. For these reasons, race strategies and qualifying results are very important on this Hungarian track. It is not always the fastest car to cross the finish line first. From a technical point of view, downforce and mechanical grip are crucial, while tire wear is not particularly relevant. Giuliano Alesi has an excellent tradition at the venue. On the ups and downs of the Hungarian track, the Frenchman already cruised to victory in the2017 GP3 Series. His goal is now to gain momentum and improve his championship position. Twenty-year-old Swissman Ralph Boschung will be alongside Alesi again, getting back in the car that he already took three times in the top-10 in qualifying in the first five races of the season. He now wants to impress at a track that consistently saw him put up remarkable showings.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"We are heading towards Budapest with the aim of increasing our score in the championship. To succeed, must be ambitious and self-confident. We welcome the return to the team of Ralph Boschung, who, together with Giuliano Alesi, is re-creating the original line-up for this season. I am sure that our drivers will work proficiently with our technical staff and will achieve important results this weekend".
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Budapest, Race Preview.
In the previous round of the season, Team Trident proved competitive but did not fulfill their potential due to specific race episodes. The team's goal in Budapest is to remain at the top of the series and score the first win of 2019.
With the fifth round of the season, on the ups and downs of the Hungaroring, the FIA Formula 3 Championship made past the half point of the season. After the Hungarian round, there will be a summer break, which will lead to Spa-Francorchamps track at the end of August. For the Team Trident drivers, it will be very important to start the final phase of the series with the right foot and head into the three-week stop confident about a competitive performance. The motivation for the team based in Milan is particularly high. In the previous round at Silverstone, the results did not reflect the potential shown by the cars. On the track located on the outskirts of Budapest, Team Trident will be aiming for its first win of the year. The known lack of overtaking opportunities at Hungaroring will make the outcome of the qualifications particularly important. Pedro Piquet will line-up with the fifth place in standings and the podiums captured at Circuit Paul Ricard. A result that was not repeated on English soil due to a collision that occurred in the final stages of race 2, when the 20-year-old Brazilian was running in the leading pack. The chase for the third podium of the season will continue in Hungary. As for 19-year-old Finn Niko Kari, the former Red Bull Junior driver faced his share of contact in the UK which deprived him of some prestigious results. Back at Silverstone, Devlin Defrancesco performed at high levels too, confirming a very evident growth highlighted by the second-fastest lap in the opening practice. The 19-year-old from Ontario aims to secure his first points in Hungary. The ingredients for another successful weekend in Hungary are all there. The preparation work was very accurate. Now it's up to the team’s drivers to finalize the work and go into the summer break with confidence.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"In the previous round at Silverstone our cars performed well but we missed the implementation part because of a less than optimal race management on some occasions, and unfortunate episodes. In Budapest, it will be essential not to make mistakes and be perfect in qualifying. The championship’s competitive level is very high, every bad step is paid for at a very high price. We must always do our best without the slightest drop in focus".
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will fire up on Friday at 13:00 pm for the first free practice session. Qualifying is scheduled for the same day at 16.55pm. The Feature Race will be on Saturday at 10:00, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:25. The FIA Formula 3 Championship program will begin on Friday morning with the free practice session scheduled at 9:35 am. Qualifying will be on Saturday at 9:00 and Race 1, will start at 16:45. Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 10:00. As usual, all the activity will be covered live by Sky Sports F1.