FIA F2 Championship, Budapest, Race Preview
Team Trident to race at Hungaroring with a new line-up. Joining Arjun Maini, Team Trident will field for the first time Alessio Lorandi, making his series debut. The goal of the team is to impress with a high-level performance before the summer break.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will be lining up at the Hungaroring circuit this weekend, a classic venue located a few kilometers away from Budapest, for the eighth round of the season. On the Hungarian venue, Team Trident will welcome on board a promising rookie driver, nineteen-year-old Italian Alessio Lorandi, who was promoted to a Formula 2 drive from the GP3 Series. The promising Italian driver is hoping to learn the secrets of the category quickly and showcase a convincing performance level right from the debut race. The experience and technical skills of the Italian racer make the technical staff of the Trident Team very confident about his chances of becoming a major player in the category. Next to Lorandi will be Haas F1 junior driver Arjun Maini, who grew up consistently throughout the season. The 20-year-old Indian rookie, coming from Bangalore, secured three top-5 finishes in the first part of the season has conquered three times the fifth position and is aiming for his maiden podium. He also showed great improvements in qualifying, where he has become a constant presence in the top positions. From a technical point of view, Budapest has very different characteristics compared to the medium-fast circuits that hosted the three previous 2018 rounds. The Hungaroring is the slowest permanent circuit on the calendar and features fourteen corners. Many drivers assimilate him to a big karting track. The Hungarian venue is also extremely stressful for drivers from a physical point of view. Budapest is a very demanding circuit also for the technical staff. In the choices of attitude, it is necessary the maximum precision and reactivity. A good set-up in qualifying and a position in the front rows of the grid guarantee a crucial advantage on a track that has traditionally proved difficult for overtaking.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"Team Trident will be fielding a new line-up at Budapest, and the roster will remain unchanged until the end of the season. The technical staff will join forces with Lorandi in his debut race in the series. We believe that the promising Italian has all the requisites to do very well and we will provide him with the maximum support. Maini has now become an amazing feature in this championship and we are aiming to score with him our first podium of the season."
GP3 Series, Budapest, Race Preview
Looking for the third win of the season on the technical Budapest circuit. In the last race before the summer break, Team Trident wants to show they are at the top of the category with a new victory.
This weekend the GP3 Series championship returns to the Hungarian track of Budapest for the fifth outing of the season. The drivers fielded by Team Trident will aim for their third win of 2018 after the success of Barcelona and Silverstone, where the Italian squad completely monopolized the Sprint Race podium. Maximum concentration will be needed right from qualifying to remain on top on a track where it is difficult to overtake. The choices regarding the set-up are equally important: high temperatures could lead to high thermal degradation of the tires. Giuliano Alesi, who wears the colors of the Ferrari Driver Academy, is aiming to secure his second win on the ups and downs of the Hungaroring. The teenager from Avignon holds sixth place in the general classification and already scored three podiums this season. The Frenchman is just behind 20-year-old Pedro Piquet in points. The Brazilian has the same score of victories and podium and cruised to victory in the fourth round of the season at Silverstone. American 24-year-old Ryan Tveter took his first season in Northamptonshire. The performance of the American driver is constantly improving and the goal of the Team Trident man is to confirm himself in the very first positions. Finally, Budapest will be the debut race with the colors of the Italian team for the 18-year-old German driver David Beckmann. The young racer has the goal of quickly integrating with the technical staff and be among the frontrunners. The promising Iserlohn driver repeatedly showed his talent in junior categories and has what it's needed to be among the stars of the GP3 Series. The Team Trident four-strong line-up carefully prepared the Hungarian trip with the technical staff. The premises are good, now the word goes to the track!
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"The Budapest race ends a particularly intense phase of the season, with four races between the end of June and the end of July. It will be important for us not to let our guard down and head for the summer break with another top-class performance. Up to this point of the season, our cars have consistently expressed a high level of performance and reliability. In Hungary, the team aims to capture the third success of the year".
For the Formula 2 team, the track activity will start on Friday at 12:55 with the practice session. Qualifications are scheduled on the same day at 4.55 pm. The Feature Race will be on Friday at 4:45 pm, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:20 am. The GP3 Series team will start their engines early in the morning on Friday, with the practice session scheduled at 9:30 am. Qualifying will be held on Saturday at 10:45 am and in the late afternoon the Feature Race is programmed for 6:30 pm. The Sprint Race is going to start at 10.05am on Sunday. All the activity on-track will be covered live by Sky Sports F1.