Niko Kari fought back to the eighth position which will enable him to start from the pole position tomorrow. Pedro Piquet was delayed by a spin, while Devlin DeFrancesco ended up in 23rd place.
The opening round of the inaugural FIA Formula 3 Championship, which took place on the Catalan circuit of Montmelò, saw the Team Trident drivers express themselves on good levels. 19-year-year old Finn Niko Kari, twelfth in qualifying, fought back from P12 to P8, which guarantees him the start from the P1 on the grid of the final race tomorrow.
Brazilian Pedro Piquet, who had set the fastest lap time in the free practice session, started well from 13th place on the grid and managed to enter the top ten, before a spin while he was in close contact with a contender forced him to do it all again from the back of the pack. The South American driver showed excellent race pace which for sure would have allowed him to finish the first race in the top-8.
Devlin DeFrancesco completed his first race with the Team Trident colours in P23 position, improving his qualifying result and maintaining a solid race pace. As expected, the competitive level of the field turned out to be extremely high, with the thirty cars on the track covered by very small margins. In such a tight context, details make the difference.
The Team Trident technical staff and drivers are now doing data analysis in preparation for the second race, which will start tomorrow at 10.15 am and will see Niko Kari sprint from pole position.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"We started the season with a good performance. Niko Kari made a remarkable comeback and will start from the pole position tomorrow. We aim for the maximum result in the sprint race. Unfortunately, the spin of Pedro Piquet, who had an excellent race pace as Kari, prevented us from ending up with two top-8 cars. As for Devlin DeFrancesco, he showed a good pace, although it is never easy to fight back when you're in the midpack!"