FIA F2 Championship, Monza, Race preview.
The Trident drivers on the attack at the super-fast Monza track
Team Trident drivers are ready for the battle at the historic Italian track, the fastest of the whole season.
After Spa-Francorchamps, here comes Monza. Between the end of August and the beginning of September, the FIA Formula 2 Championship's calendar is offering two fast and challenging raceways, particularly popular among drivers and the public, who, as always at the "old style" venues, is particularly supportive of their favourite names. For Team Trident, the Monza event is also the home one, with many supporters coming by to visit the team. The two drivers fielded by the Italian-based squad are, as usual, really motivated to fight for a prestigious result especially considering the recent run of form. At his third Formula 2 experience, Santino Ferrucci is back on a track he knows and where he already secured good results in the past. His goal will be to continue in his so far impressive trend. Nabil Jeffri showed good potential during the season and might find the right chemistry to make his way to the front end of the charts at Monza. Returning from their trip to Belgium, the two drivers worked with the team's technical staff to define every detail in preparation for the upcoming and challenging round, the ninth for Formula 2 in 2017.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"The team is lining-up for the home race with good groundwork done. In his first two Formula 2 appearances, Santino Ferrucci ended up in the points zone twice in the Feature races, showing a remarkable potential. I think we will be able to see a new step forward in its growth process at Monza. Nabil Jeffri also has all what it takes do well. The team’s technical staff worked with both drivers and the home crowd will make us more motivated in a really special race for us."
GP3 Series, Red Bull Ring, Race preview.
In Monza as winners!
Giuliano Alesi's recent success at Spa, his third win of the season, is the best starting point for the home round of the GP3 Series. But the moment seems very favourable for all four of the Team Trident teammates.
Seven days after the round at Spa Francorchamps, the GP3 Series is set to be back at Monza. For so many aspects, Spa and Monza are similar venues and usually produce a great show for the public. And at Monza, Team Trident will line-up as winners. Giuliano Alesi triumphed in the last race held by the category in front of more than 250,000 at the Belgian Grand Prix. He is aiming to continue his success story which propelled him up to fourth place in points, in front of the Italian crowds. Positive notes also came from New Yorker Ryan Tveter, who comes from two consecutive podium finishes and left a strong impression with a steady growth during the season.
Among Team Trident, the American racer found all the ingredients he needed to deservedly join the front runners. Only bad luck stopped Dorian Boccolacci's march at Spa, where he was hit by a rival. But the French driver's performance has remained excellent and Monza could be the right place for a decisive rebound. Last but not least, Swissman Kevin Joerg has shown impressive performance, scoring six straight points finishes. The premises for a great show in Monza are there. And the home audience, who will be supporting the drivers involved in the sixth round of the season, will provide additional motivations.
Giuliano Alesi, Trident Driver Team #10:
“Considering how it did happen, the Spa win has given me very positive feelings. I had a great jump from the second position on the grid and then just managed the race perfectly. My leadership was never questioned. This is the best way to introduce myself at Monza, where I want to do well from qualifying. My goal is to repeat myself in front of the Italian public."
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"The wins scored by Giuliano Alesi at Silverstone, Budapest and Spa are the best way to approach our home race. All our drivers are in great shape, they are getting solid results and I rely on them to continue to do so at Monza."
For the Formula 2 team, track activity will begin with the free practice session on Friday at 11:55. Qualifications are scheduled on the same day at 16:20. The first race will go underway at 16:00, while the second is scheduled for Sunday at 10:15. The GP3 Series team will fire their engines on Friday afternoon, with free practice scheduled at 18:15. Qualifying will be on Saturday morning at 09:45 followed by the first race at 17:50, while the second is scheduled for Sunday at 09:00. As usual, all activity on track will have live TV coverage (on Sky Sport F1 in Italy).