FIA F3 Championship, Sochi, Race One Report
Team Trident confirmed its form in the final round of the season by cruising to a podium finish with Niko Kari, who also fought for the lead of the race. Pedro Piquet reclaimed the fifth place in the driver standings.
The first race held by the FIA Formula 3 Championship on the very technical Russian circuit of Sochi had an extremely positive outcome for the colours of the Team Trident and confirmed the high level of performance showed by the Milan-based outfit during the season. After taking third place on the starting grid, 19-year-old Finn Niko Kari put up a very convincing race that saw him lead for a long time. Kari, who asked a lot to his tires in the early stages, had to slow down in the closing laps, still managing to secure a remarkable third place. For Kari, it is the second podium of the season after the one he got in the Montmelò opener.
Pedro Piquet also had a very good race, taking sixth place with a convincing performance. The Brazilian also moved up to fifth place in the championship ranking. On the other hand, 19-year-old Canadian Devlin Defrancesco returned to the pit lane to put rain tires on when a few drops of rain started to fall and the road surface was becoming very slippery. Unfortunately for him, the weather conditions later improved and the pit wall was forced to recall him for a second stop. Defrancesco also suffered a five-second penalty for a safety car infringement. This explains his 23rd place.
Now the goal of the team is to find their way back to the podium in the Sprint Race that will start tomorrow at 9:55 am. Pedro Piquet and Niko Kari will start from the third and sixth position on the starting grid respectively.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager
“We are super happy for today's performance from Niko Kari, who dominated the race for a long time and delivered his best run in this championship. He also returned to the podium. In the final part of the race he suffered from tire degradation as he pushed hard at the beginning, so he couldn't contend for victory until the end. His third place is certainly highly positive for the values expressed. Positive notes also came from Pedro Piquet, who reclaimed the fifth place of the championship standings. Regarding Devlin DeFrancesco, the choice of switching to rain tires didn't turn out as a winning one."