FIA F2 Championship, Sochi, Race Preview
The eleventh round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be held at the Russian track of Sochi, a technical circuit flowing on the shores of the Black Sea. The goal for Team Trident is to keep the good momentum of the previous round at Monza, where the team scored its best result of 2019.
Three weeks after the round held in front of the home crowd at Monza, where Team Trident scored two remarkable seventh-place finishes with French rookie Giuliano Alesi, the FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back next weekend on the Russian circuit of Sochi, which flows among the city's Olympic park located in the Krasnodar territory. With the round on the challenging facility overlooking the Black Sea, the series enters its final sting. After returning from Sochi, the Formula 2 Championship will only have one round to go at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. The Russian track, measuring 5,848km, features a slippery surface and rewards efficient braking and traction. Given its length, however, it is important to save the tires in qualifying ahead of the very technical last sector, which requires high directionality and a strong downforce.
After Monza, which saw Team Trident on-track with the lone Giuliano Alesi while the second car was still impounded by the Belgian authorities following the serious crash at Spa-Francorchamps, the team will be back in full shape with two cars, to bolster its position in the team standings. Alesi has a good feeling with the Russian track, having scored P3 in qualifying last year in the GP3 Series.
Ralph Boschung, who celebrated his 22nd birthday ahead of the trip to Sochi, the Swiss driver raced on the Russian track only in the 2015 GP3 Series. It will certainly be kept for both the team's drivers to find the right chemistry in the free practice session, avoiding any mistakes, and then attack in qualifying.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"The season is heading towards its final stint, which includes two very technical tracks like Sochi and Yas Marina. We line-up on Russian soil in the wake of our best performance of the season at our home track in Monza. Our goal this weekend is to raise the bar even further. We will return to a two-car line-up and aim to improve our score in the ranking. The good results always have a positive impact on the team and I am sure that we will also have another great run at Sochi."
FIA Formula 3 Championship, Sochi, Race Preview.
After scoring a win at Spa and multiple podium finishes throughout the season, the Team Trident drivers will aim to cap another convincing year from the top step of the podium in the final round of the season.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will hold its final round of the season at Sochi in Russia, which will decide the season in terms of the title and for the remaining positions. There will be no rest after that though, as the cars will be back on track in the third weekend of November for the famed Macau Grand Prix, a non-championship round which captivates the attention of the F1 team principals. The very important Asian round replaces, as a late-season run, the previous Abu Dhabi finale.
The Team Trident drivers will be highly motivated in Sochi and aim to repeat the successful run experienced at the Black Sea venue last year. Pedro Piquet has so far enjoyed an extremely high-level season and hopes to secure his second place of the year which could enable him to take fifth place in points. On the other end, 19-year-old Finn Niko Kari is looking forward to fighting back to the podium, where he is been missing since the inaugural race of the year in Barcelona.
Devlin Defrancesco willaim for his first points finish of the year. The 19-year-old Canadian impressed with a steady growth that has not yet been rewarded with points. With the potential showed so far, finally breaking the ice would be important for DeFrancesco to aim for the front end of the pack. The preparation work with the drivers was careful and meticulous. Now it's up to the track to decide the outcome of the series finale.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We have a good tradition on the fascinating track of Sochi, having had a major success last season. Our goal next weekend can only be to do it all again. Now that the team rediscovered the taste of victory at Spa Francorchamps and secured several podiums, I am sure that we will hit the track motivated and ambitious to fight for the win again."
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will fire up on Friday at 9:30 am for the first free practice session. Qualifying is scheduled for the same day at 5.00 pm. The Feature Race will be Saturday at 16:45, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:20. The FIA Formula 3 Championship program will begin on Friday morning with the free practice session scheduled at 8:20 am followed by qualifying at 13:00. Race 1 will start at 10:15 on Saturday, while Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 9.55 As usual, all the activity will be covered live by Sky Sports F1. All times are local, GMT+3, one hour ahead of Central Europe.