FIA F3 Championship, Budapest, Race One Report
The Team Trident drivers weren’t blessed by good luck in the first race of the weekend at the Hungarian venue. Pedro Piquet faced a mechanical issue, while Niko Kari had to slow down in the closing stages after flat-spotting a tire. Devlin Defrancesco performed well, ending up close to the top-10.
The opening race for round 5 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at the traditional Hungaroring circuit saw the Team Trident drivers showcase good performances although they weren't able to make it to the points zone. After securing the sixth place on the starting grid, 20-year-old Pedro Piquet was forced to go back to the pit lane due to a technical problem when he was running fifth.
Niko Kari held the third place for most of the day but saw his run jeopardized by a flat-spotted tire. The Finn had to slow down his pace with only a handful of laps to the finish. It was a cursed day for Kari and Piquet, who impressed in qualifying and shared row three on the grid.
Devlin Defrancesco enjoyed a very convincing run, moving up to the 12th place despite starting from the 25th spot. The 19-year-old Canadian had similar potential to his team-mates but was slowed down by another contender on the most important lap of qualifying. Now the goal the drivers and technical staff of Team Trident is to prepare well for the second race of the weekend, which will take place tomorrow at 10:00 am local time.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"It's impossible not to say that this race was cursed. Kari and Piqued did a great job in qualifying and had the potential for a podium finish, but they were stopped by a flat-spotted tire and a technical issue respectively. Defrancesco put up a convincing recovery as he continues to gain momentum. We will give our 100 per cent to score some points in tomorrow's race 2."