FIA F2 Championship, Red Bull Ring, Race Preview
In Styria to confirm the growth
Team Trident drivers Arjun Maini and Santino Ferrucci will line-up on the renowned Spielberg with the goal of confirming their positive trend and bringing home valuable points.
Summer does not mean holidays for the FIA Formula 2 Championship. From the last weekend of June to the second weekend of the following July, the series has three events in sequence. The series will face the middle event of the triple sting on the ups and downs of Spielberg. Once called Osterreichring, the venue located in the center of Styria was resurrected to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014, at the end of a reconstruction process started three years earlier. With its 4,3 kilometers of length, the Austrian circuit is the shortest of the season, with the exception of Monte Carlo, and consists of four straights followed by violent braking and slow corners. Traction and top speed will, therefore, be key elements during the coming weekend. Twenty-year-old Indian Arjun Maini, who captured points finishes in three out of six events held so far, wants to keep his name at the front end of the charts and forget the repeated engine issues that plagued his weekend at Le Castellet. Maini certainly established his name as one of the most successful rookies. Santino Ferrucci, the promising 20-year-old driver from the USA, barely missed the points zone in the Sprint Race at Circuit Paul Ricard, even though his weekend was also disrupted by problems to the engine and its electrical components. The two young Team Trident aces completed a thorough preparatory work with their technical staff and they are ready for the challenge. Now let the track speak!
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"Despite the fact that Arjun Maini managed to score a points finish in the main race at Le Castellet, last weekend our cars were repeatedly afflicted by engine problems that impacted the performance and prevented our drivers from getting results in line with their skills and with the competitive level of our machinery. We are going to Austria confident that these problems will not repeat. We have done a thorough job in our approach to the round at Red Bull Ring race, which makes me confident about our chances to perform well."
GP3 Series, Red Bull Ring, Race Preview
Chasing a new win in the mountains of Styria
The Team Trident GP3 cars proved to be extremely competitive in Le Castellet too. Giuliano Alesi confirmed his third place in points and the four-drive line-up is ready to make the difference in Austria.
The 2018 GP3 Series has entered the hottest stint of the season. This coming weekend, the Formula 1 ladder series will be lining up at the historic Austrian track of Spielberg, which hosted an F1 Grand Prix for the first time in 1971. On the renewed Styrian venue, which is for sure one of the most modern and functional in business, highlighted by a stunning environmental setting, the cars of the GP3 Series will face the third round of the season. This time, many expect the first verdicts and real indications on how the rest of the season will look like.
Team Trident will land on the Spielberg track in the wake of a convincing second place secured in the Sprint Race of the previous round by Brazilian teenager Pedro Piquet. Only at his second outing in the series, he showed extremely promising results. In addition to the second place scored by the son of the 3-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, Team Trident placed all four cars in the top-9, providing an extraordinary show in terms of reliability and consistency. Giuliano Alesi was once again on the podium on his home track after his win in the season opener in Spain. He will line-up in Austria with the aim of repeating his Barcelona win. Alessio Lorandi is back from a fifth and fourth place in France, where he proved extremely competitive despite the after-effects of a shoulder injury. The 19-year-old from Brescia plans to keep improving at Red Bull Ring. 24-year-old American Ryan Tveter, who ended up eighth in the 2017 ranking with three podiums to his name, is looking forward to collecting the first points of the season.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"With the round at Red Bull ring, the GP3 Series is entering its most decisive phase of the season. I am very confident about the potential of our drivers, who showed both pace and consistency in the first two races of the season. There are all the ingredients needed to do really well in Austria. The preparatory work done by Team Trident's technical staff with the drivers was very accurate so I can't wait to see the results."
The engines of the FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will come to life on Friday at 13:00, with the first free practice session. Qualifying is set for the same day at 4.55 pm. The Feature Race will start on Saturday at 4:45 pm, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 11:00. The GP3 Series team will start its activity on Friday morning, with the practice session scheduled at 9:35 am. Qualifications will be later the same day at 17:50. The Feature Race is set to be held on Saturday at 10:25, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday at 9:40. As usual, all the track action will be followed live by the Sky Sports network.