FIA F2 Championship, Sochi Autodrom, Preview
Almost one month after the previous round at Monza, the FIA Formula 2 Championship is lining up on the shores of the Black Sea, home to the penultimate round of the season. On one of the longest tracks of the 2018 schedule will see the Team Trident drivers aim at a prestigious result.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place on Russian soil, precisely at Sochi, 5,848 km track flowing around the location of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. A 1.7 km section of the circuit is open to normal traffic when the circuit does not host competitions. The Sochi Autodrom consists of eighteen wide corners with very low external limits that allow drivers to attack the curbs with a particular decision in search of performance. The first part of the track has a long straight and a hard braking, an ideal place for overtaking, while the final section is much slower. Overlooking the Black Sea, the cars of F1's feeder series will be engaged in the eleventh and penultimate round of the season. Team Trident will be as usual at the start with two cars, fielded for rookies Arjun Maini and Alessio Lorandi. The 20-year-old Indian, carrying the Team Haas F.1 colors, was able to start from the row 4 or better in the last five rounds of the season. Maini will have the goal of scoring his first podium of the season. Moving to Alessio Lorandi, the 20-year-old Italian impressed from his very first race at Budapest thanks to his constantly growing performances, even if he has sometimes paid the price of inexperience. Lorandi aims to capture his maiden points finish.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"Sochi is a very technical track, on which the drivers will have to find the right feeling pretty quickly. It is a particularly long and complete layout, with medium-speed corners, a long straight, and a slower final section. We prepared very carefully for this trip and we want to take away some good satisfaction".
GP3 Series, Sochi Autodrom, Preview
Team Trident's four-strong roster is hoping to achieve new success on the demanding Russian track facing the North Sea.
Will Team Trident be the team to beat in Sochi too? After the remarkable performances of Spa and Monza, which saw German racer David Beckmann win the pole position and the Feature Race, the Italian squad has become the new benchmark of the GP3 Series. The series will line-up for the eighth and penultimate round of the season next weekend on the Sochi Autodrom. On the Russian track, Beckmann will be on the hunt for a third consecutive victory, a result that would allow him to improve his sixth position in the league table. Twenty-year-old Pedro Piquet, who won the Sprint Race last time around at Monza ahead of team-mate Giuliano Alesi, is aiming for third place in the overall standings and the third win of the season in the category. The nineteen-year-old Frenchman has the clear goal of winning for the fifth time in the series and climbing up the highest step of the podium ending a drought that started back at Barcelona. On the other hand, 24-year-old New Yorker Ryan Tveter aims for his sixth finish podium in the category at the end of a season in which he has often been noted with very solid performances.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
"I am very satisfied with the results achieved by our drivers in the GP3 Series up to this point. In the two previous rounds, disputed on challenging venues such as Spa and Monza, we have shown that we have achieved an excellent level of performance. We have the goal of improving ourselves in the league ranking."
The FIA F2 Championship cars will be on track on Friday at 13.00 for the free practice session. Qualifications will be held in the afternoon at 4.55 PM. The Team Trident drivers will be back on Saturday: the Feature Race is scheduled at 4:45 PM, while the Sprint Race will start on Sunday at 11:20 AM. The cars of the GP3 Series will be on-track from Friday at 9:30 for the free practice session. Qualifications are scheduled in the afternoon at 5.50 PM. The Feature Race will start Saturday morning at 10:15 AM, while the Sprint Race is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10.05 AM. As usual, all the events on the track will be followed live by Sky Sports F1. Times are local, + 1 hour compared to the Central European Time.