FIA F3 Championship, Monza, Race Two Report
Team Trident saluted its home crowd by taking fifth place with Pedro Piquet, who confirmed the positive result scored in race 1. Devlin Defrancesco and Nico Kari could not make it to the top-10 although the latter put up a good recovery.
In the second race held at the legendary Monza track, made slippery by the rain that fell overnight, Team Trident scored a good fifth position with Brazilian driver Pedro Piquet, who confirmed the result he got in yesterday's race 1. The South American racer, who started from the second row of the grid, lost time at the first corner after choosing an external line and being pushed off position. The 21-year-old, son of the three-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, maintained a convincing race pace that allowed him to fight back and cross the finish line in fifth place, completing an awesome pass on Leonardo Pulcini. The fifth position in the championship ranking is now in his sights.
Canadian Devlin Defrancesco put up a solid race and neared the top-ten, but had to slow down in the final stages due to tire degradation issues. On the other hand, 19-year-old Finnish Niko Kari, who started from P27 on the starting grid, provided a convincing comeback after yesterday's early incident. Kari ended up in P15 ahead of Defrancesco. The eighth and final round of the season will take place on the last weekend of September on the Russian track in Sochi, which overlooks the shores of the Black Sea.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
"Pedro Piquet delivered a very good race again today. Too bad another driver pushed him out at the first corner, making him lose valuable time. I think Pedro had the potential to be on the podium. In the final stages, the Brazilian made a great pass on Leonardo Pulcini. Moving on to Devlin Defrancesco, the Canadian experienced a good run but suffered from tire degradation at the end. Finally, Niko Kari was able to fight back, but since he started at the bottom of the pack, it was difficult to get more results."