FIA F3 Championship, Monza, Race 1 Report
In the first race at its home track for 2019, Team Trident scored important points. 21-year-old Brazilian Pedro Piquet took sixth place at the end of a comeback run. Devlin Defrancesco climbed up to the 14th place, while Niko Kari was involved in a contact in lap 2.
The first race held by the FIA Formula 3 Championship on the legendary Monza circuit was undoubtedly a positive one for Team Trident. Brazilian Pedro Piquet, who started from the ninth position on the grid, recovered up to the sixth place. A winner in the previous round of the season, held in Spa-Francorchamps, he firmly maintains the sixth position in the championship standings. The South American talent missed something in terms of the race pace and at the restart after the first safety car. Niko Kari had great potential, but he tangled with a rival in the early stages and was forced to retire immediately. Once again, Canadian Devlin Defrancesco showed clear steps forward and a solid race pace, delivering a convincing recovery. The young racer, who started from the twenty-fourth place on the starting grid, climbed up to the fourteenth position. The starting grid was conditioned by the early end of the qualifying session, 3m45 short of the scheduled 30, for safety reasons, as risky slipstreaming trains were created. Bottom line, some of the protagonists were unable to use the second set of fresh tires. This explains the unusual results of the Team Trident drivers, forced to make comeback races. Now the goal of the Italian squad is to find their way to the podium in the Sprint Race, scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30. Pedro Piquet will start from the third position on the grid.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
”For Team Trident, the first race on the home track had a fairly good balance. Pedro Piquet had a good run, although something was missing in the race pace and the restart after neutralization. Devlin Defrancesco made a good recovery, while Niko Kari tangled with another contender at the start. Now we hope to find our way back to the podium in the second race”.