FIA F2 Championship, Monza, Race Preview
The FIA Formula 2 Championship circus will line-up at the famed Italian track next weekend to resume its journey and leave the tragic events of Spa-Francorchamps behind. For reasons of force majeure, Team Trident will be lining-up at Monza track with one car for Giuliano Alesi and will run with the memory of Anthoine Hubert in its heart.
Seven days after the tragic trip to Spa-Francorchamps, where the FIA Formula 2 Championship lost one of its stars, Anthoine Hubert, due to a terrible accident at the beginning of the Feature Race, the series is back to action on the following weekend at Monza. Team Trident will star in front of its home crowd and aims at a prestigious result, in line with its potential. Unfortunately, the terrible events of Spa-Francorchamps have left a mark, both at an emotional level and in terms of forces in the field. On the starting grid of Monza, some cars will be missing, as the Belgian authorities are investigating, and that led to the temporary seizure of some cars.
At Monza, the banner of Team Trident will be held by Ferrari Driver Academy man Giuliano Alesi. The second car will not be available for the aforementioned cause, so reasons of force majeure will prevent Ralph Boschung from competing in the Italian round of the series. The Swissman expects to be back on track in the following round, scheduled for the last weekend of September at the Russian track of Sochi. Both drivers, (including Boschung, although he will not race) and the whole team will carry the memory of Anthoine Hubert in their hearts, and stand close to the family of the 22-year-old racer, who sadly left us.
Hosting the 10th round of the season, Monza usually features extremely fast and spectacular races. It will be crucial for Alesi to quickly find his marks at the 5,793-kilometer Temple of Speed and start the weekend with a good qualifying session.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“I think it is important to get ourselves going on, seven days after the tragic events of Spa-Francorchamps where it was decided not to run both races. Now, the protagonists of the series have had enough time to regain calmness and clarity so to restart their challenge, leaving this dark page in the history of the category behind. Monza is a track where Team Trident consistently expressed itself on excellent levels. Our tradition on our home track is very good and we will boost it by providing the maximum support to our only car on the track, driven by Giuliano Alesi, to bring home an important result in front of our audience".
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Monza, Race Preview.
One week after the dominant win scored with Pedro Piquet at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track, Team Trident will be back in an aggressive mood at its home track in Monza to repeat the success achieved the Ardennes track.
This weekend, the FIA Formula 3 Championship will be running at the legendary and fast track of Monza, located a few kilometres away from Team Trident’s Milan headquarters. For the Italian squad, the event will thus be the home race, to be faced with strong motivations and in the wake of the dominant win achieved last weekend by Pedro Piquet at Spa-Francorchamps. The Walloon track, along with Monza, is among the most representative of the championship in terms of their tradition and for their difficult and challenging nature. The conformation of the Lombard track, with its long straights and sharp braking zones, requires a low-downforce set-up, which leads to high speeds. Like for Spa-Francorchamps, Team Trident has a winning tradition at the venue, having cruised to pole and victory last season David Beckmann.
With his triumphant win at Spa-Francorchamps, Pedro Piquet got to the highest step of the podium for the first time this season, the third in his career. With the points coming from that result, the Brazilian regained the sixth place in the championship ranking and is preparing to play a major role in the final part of the year. Niko Kari did not get results in line with his potential in Belgium due to a sub-optimal qualifying session, which forced him to start from the middle of the pack and to try a difficult recovery. The Finn will be extremely motivated and looking for an important rebound at Monza. On the other hand, the performances of Devlin Defrancesco are increasingly impressive. The Canadian posted a splendid seventh place in qualifying at Spa but was involved in contacts in both races. The 21-year-old will also have to serve a five-position penalty on the starting grid. It will be essential for him to deliver a high-level qualifying session, in line with the one of the previous round.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“At Spa-Francorchamps we broke the ice this season, taking home a clear victory with Pedro Piquet, who dominated the main race on Saturday on the most complete and difficult track of the calendar. The other Team Trident drivers showed high potential too and I expect to see all our three cars to play major roles at Monza, scoring valuable points for the team standings too”.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will kick-off on Friday at 1:00 pm with the first free practice session. Qualifying will be on the same day at 4.55pm. The Feature Race will start on Saturday at 4.45pm, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 10:50. The FIA Formula 3 Championship cars will start with the free practice session on Friday at 9:35 am followed by qualifying at 17:50. Race One will start on Saturday at 10:30 am. Last but not least, Race Two will be held on Sunday morning at 09.30. As usual, all the activity on the track will be followed live by the Sky Sports F1 networks.