FIA F2 Championship, Silverstone, Race Preview
The seventh round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back at the famous Silverstone venue, the true home of British motorsports. On the Northamptonshire venue, Team Trident drivers Giuliano Alesi and Dorian Boccolacci will aim for valuable points.
After just a one-week break from the Styrian round at Spielberg, the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back on a classic English circuit at Silverstone next weekend. With the round on the historic track located north of Milton Keynes, the calendar is moving past its turning point and enters the second part of the calendar. The venue, which measures 5.981km, is among the top three for the number of Grand Prix hosted, as many as 52. It features a series of really fast curves, with the drivers stepping on the throttle in their highest gear. The cars unload a lot of energy on the tires.
The thermal degradation could, therefore, have a lot of importance in defining the strategies. The entire track was subjected to intensive resurfacing with the aim of reducing the depressions, improving drainage in case of rain and increasing the inclination. It is expected that, overall, it will turn out to be even faster. At Silverstone, the traction and braking are not particularly heavy, while in the definition of the set-up, the slow and technical corners of the Arena Complex must also be considered. Last but not least, the unpredictability of the weather conditions must always be taken into account as they can change several times a day.
Giuliano Alesi has an excellent tradition on the British track, having scored the first out of his four victories in the GP3 Series right in front of the very competent English public. After having barely missed the points zone in Montecarlo and having broken the ice in his home race in Le Castellet, the Frenchman, a Ferrari Driver Academy supported driver, is expected to grow further. Alongside him, Team Trident will field for the first time this season his 20-year-old compatriot Dorian Boccolacci, who scored more than thirty points in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in the past and is also a former Team Trident driver. In the 2017 GP3 Series championship, he was able to celebrate victory in the final round of the season at Yas Marina.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We face the trip to Silverstone with ambitious goals, backed by a revamped line-up. We welcome the return of Dorian Boccolacci, who together with Giuliano Alesi reconstitutes a couple that achieved important results in the GP3 Series in 2017. I am sure that our two drivers will know how to work profitably with the technical staff and will get first-class results".
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Silverstone, Race Preview.
At the previous round at Spielberg, the Team Trident drivers showed great pace but did not realize their potential. The team's goal is to confirm itself at the top of the category and take the first win of 2019.
A weekend of mixed emotions like the one experienced in the previous race at Red Bull Ring by the Team Trident can only lead to great motivations approaching the fourth round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship that will take place next weekend at Silverstone. The goal of the Milan-based team, which in the past has been a constant presence on the podium of the legendary British circuit, is to continue improving the momentum gained with the results secured at Paul Ricard, where they got a second and a third place.
The team also put on display for the excellent set-up that allowed the drivers to be extremely competitive in the usually decisive final part of the race. On the track located in Northamptonshire, Team Trident is aiming for the first win of the season.
On British soil, Pedro Piquet will build on the two podium finishes of Paul Ricard. The result was not repeated on the ups and downs of the Red Bull Ring due to a spin in the early stages of the final race while in third place. For the Brazilian, winner of the GP3 Series race twelve months ago at Silverstone, the appointment with his third podium of the season was only postponed.
As for 19-year-old Finn Niko Kari, an Austrian and a former Red Bull junior driver, jeopardized a prestigious placement in Styria due to contact which prevented him from going beyond the eighth final position in the final round.
Devlin Defrancesco delivered very solid results in both Red Bull Ring races, confirming a very evident growth. The 19-year-old driver from Ontario has the goal of scoring his first points this season. All the right ingredients for a successful weekend for Team Trident at Silverstone are there. The preparation work has been very accurate too. Now it is time to let the engines road and the drivers fight.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“Our cars showed great performance in the previous round, but we missed the implementation part due to not optimal race management. We go to England with great motivation on a track that saw us win in the past. We prepared this trip well; we must be ambitious and confident in our weapons”.
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will come alive on Friday at 11:55 am for the opening practice session. Qualifying will be later the same day at 3.55pm. The Feature Race will be on Saturday at 15.45 pm, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 10.00 am. The FIA Formula 3 Championship will start their weekend on Friday morning with the free practice session at 8:35 am. Qualifying will be played on the same day at 4.50 pm. Race One will be Saturday at 9:25 am, while Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 08:35 am. As usual, all the action will be covered live by Sky Sports F1. Times are expressed in local time, one hour ahead of Italy and central Europe.