Circuit de Catalunya hosted the second round of preseason testing from April 9th to 10th. Despite the tough weather conditions, the Team Trident drivers completed a valuable amount of work.
The pre-season testing activity for the FIA Formula 3 Championship passed its half point with two days of collective testing on the Catalan track of Montmelò, which followed the first session on the Paul Ricard circuit during the month of March. The track activities on Iberian soil were influenced by an unusually cold temperature, with rain falling in the afternoon of the first day and during the night before the second. The 30 cars entering the new season, which will start right on the Catalan track in May, carried out extremely differentiated work programs. Consequently, the lap times turned during the test assume a very relative value. Pedro Piquet, Niko Kari and Devlin DeFrancesco continued to follow the work plan started in France, focusing mainly on data collection and set-up evaluations. The Team Trident racers did not experience significant issue and they all passed the 110-lap mark. The Brazilian actually even came close to 150 laps. The trio lined up by the Italian squad seemed very comfortable throughout the test. Piquet and Kari set the second and third fastest laps overall, while DeFrancesco took P13. The goal for everybody is to be in tin-top shape for the opening round of the championship, which will be on the next 11th and 12th May together with the Spanish Grand Prix. The third and final round of pre-season testing is scheduled at the Hungaroring in Budapest from 16th to 17th April. On the venue located on the ups and downs around the Hungarian capital, the search for absolute performance and qualifying simulations will certainly have higher priority.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"As happened on the 20th and 21st of March in the first round of pre-season testing at Paul Ricard, the technical staff did a very positive and fruitful job with the three drivers. We have given continuity to the work started in France and gathered the feedback we were looking for without going to the exasperatedly in search for performance. I think that many protagonists will reveal their potential only during the third round of testing at Budapest, where the chronometric results will certainly have a greater degree of reliability. In this phase, it was a priority to work on the development of the cars, on the set-up and on the collection of data".
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